Ruth is a specialist practitioner in Family and Civil law with a particular interest in ecclesiastical law. As an experienced specialist family law practitioner she undertakes all aspects of family work with particular focus on care proceedings and the financial aspects of family provision. She has experience in all level of court up to the Court of Appeal.
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.
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.
- Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Chichester
- Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich
- Children Private Law
- Children Public Law
- Ecclesiastical / Religion
- Family Finance
- MA (Jurisprudence) Oxon
- LLM (Canon Law) Cardiff
- 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.
- Ruth enjoys family life, walking, food, wine and sewing.
- Ruth is joint case notes editor for the Ecclesiastical Law Journal.