LL.B (Hons) University of Glasgow

Dip.L.P. University of Glasgow

Special interests

Personal Injury

Professional liability and regulation

Public and fatal accident inquiries

Public law, including judicial review and human rights


Ruth's areas of practice include judicial review, proceeds of crime, professional negligence, insurance litigation, personal injury and property disputes. 

Ruth came to the Bar on completion of her post as Legal Assistant to the Lord President. She quickly established and has maintained an extensive and varied civil practice in which she has conducted cases at all stages of the legal process. Ruth is regularly instructed in lengthy and complex cases, requiring a disciplined and committed approach to case preparation and presentation. She appears in cases involving a wide range of complicated legal and factual issues and demonstrates an aptitude for quickly mastering, and ably presenting, the issues. Ruth is second Standing Junior to the Scottish Government and was an ad hoc Advocate Depute (2010 - 2016).



RSPB v. The Scottish Ministers [2017] CSIH 31.

Warner v. Scapa Flow Charters [2017] CSIH 13.

P v. The Scottish Ministers [2017] CSOH 33.

FAI into the death of Declan Hainey

Rev Donald Smith and another v. Rev John Morrison and others


Sun Sets on Dawn Raids, 2000 SLT(news)271

Intervention - in the Public Interest? 2000 SLT(news)87

Articles in the Scottish Parliament Law Review