Ruth Keating has a broad practice across all areas of Chambers’ specialisms, with a particular interest in commercial, public and regulatory law, environmental law and civil liability.
She appears frequently in court, and regularly undertakes pleading and advisory work.
Ruth was a Judicial Assistant to Lady Arden and Lord Kitchin at the Supreme Court from 2018-2019.
Before coming to the Bar, Ruth was a research assistant at the Law Commission of England & Wales. She worked on the event fees in leasehold property project and on proposals for the 13th Programme of Law Reform. Prior to her time at the Law Commission she was an associate at Ci (which runs some of the largest global technology conferences including Web Summit, Collision, RISE, MoneyConf, SURGE and founders).
During her pupillage and thereafter, Ruth has gained experience of drafting pleadings and advices. This experience includes:
While at the Supreme Court as a Judicial Assistant Ruth assisted with several cases relating to commercial and construction law. Those cases included Sveriges Angfartygs Assurans Forening (The Swedish Club) and others v Connect Shipping Inc and another  UKSC 29, Wells v Devani  UKSC 4, S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd  UKSC 62, X v Kuoni Travel Ltd  UKSC 37, Volcafe Ltd and others v Compania Sud Americana De Vapores SA  UKSC 61, Travelers Insurance Company Ltd v XYZ (UKSC 2018/0117), Computer Associates (UK) Ltd v The Software Incubator Ltd (UKSC 2018/0090) and Frederick and others v Positive Solutions (Financial Services) Ltd (UKSC 2018/0067).
During pupillage and in her own practice Ruth has worked on several public and regulatory matters. Examples of the cases which Ruth has been involved in include:
Cases which Ruth was involved in as a Judicial Assistant include In the matter of D (A Child)  UKSC 42, KV (Sri Lanka) Secretary of State for the Home Department  UKSC 10, Konecny v District Court in Brno-Venkov, Czech Republic  UKSC 8, AM (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (UKSC 2018/0048), R (on the application of Hemmati and others) (AP) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (UKSC 2018/0197), RR (AP) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (UKSC 2018/0224) and Patel v Secretary of State for the Home Department (UKSC 2018/0006).
Ruth has a keen interest in environmental law and is an editor of the Sweet & Maxwell Environmental Law Bulletins.
Ruth has gained experience in this area during pupillage and in practice, examples of which include:
Ruth is also a member of the Environmental Law Foundation, through which she provides pro bono assistance on environmental matters.
Relevant cases she assisted in at the Supreme Court include R (on the application of Lancashire County Council); R (on the application of NHS Property Services Ltd) (UKSC 2018/0094/UKSC 2018/0109), The Manchester Ship Canal Company Ltd v Vauxhall Motors Ltd (Formerly General Motors UK Ltd) (UKSC 2018/0116), Nominees Ltd (formerly Rotrust Nominees Ltd) v Hautford Ltd (a company registered in the British Virgin Islands) (UKSC 2018/0098), R (on the application of Newby Foods Ltd) v Food Standards Agency  UKSC 18 and London Borough of Lambeth v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and others  UKSC 33.
Ruth regularly appears in court and has experience of applications and trials.
During pupillage and in practice Ruth has gained experience in a number of matters, examples of which include:
As a Judicial Assistant Ruth was involved in cases in this area which included R & S Pilling t/a Phoenix Engineering v UK Insurance Ltd  UKSC 16, Takhar v Gracefield Developments Limited and others  UKSC 13 and Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd v Dring (for and on behalf of Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK)  UKSC 38.