Ruth Arlow



Ecclesiastical / Religion

She specialises in ecclesiastical law and religious liberty  and is regularly retained in Church of England Consistory Courts, the Court of Arches and in Clergy Discipline Tribunals.

One of her more high profile cases was the landmark ruling in which a special convened tribunal, upheld the rejection to move the residence of the Bishop of Bath and Wells to out side of the City boundaries. For more details please click here.

Family Finance

Ruth’s practice encompasses the financial aspects of family provisions including substantial financial settlement (ancillary relief) claims, Inheritance Act claims and cohabitee disputes.

Children Public Law

In care proceedings she has represented the local authorities, children and parents and has recent experience in dealing with issues of neglect, learning disabled parents, alcohol/drug dependence, domestic violence and sexual abuse.


Year of call: 1997
  • Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Chichester
  • Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich
Areas of specialism:
  • Children Private Law
  • Children Public Law
  • Ecclesiastical / Religion
  • Family Finance
  • MA (Jurisprudence) Oxon
  • LLM (Canon Law) Cardiff
Professional activities:
  • Ruth regularly speaks at seminars in all areas of Family and Inheritance Act Law.
  • She has provided advocacy training both in the United Kingdom and abroad and is an accredited trainer for the Australian Advocacy Institute and the Advocacy Training Council.
Outside Interests:
  • Ruth enjoys family life, walking, food, wine and sewing.
  • Ruth is joint case notes editor for the Ecclesiastical Law Journal.