Ruth Keating

Year of call:
2017
Email:
ruth.keating@39essex.com

Clerks:
020 7832 1111

Ruth 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.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Ruth worked as an associate at Ci. Ci is responsible for some of the largest global technology conferences which include Web Summit, Collision, RISE, MoneyConf, SURGE and f.ounders. While at Ci, Ruth gained experience working with Fortune 500 companies and emerging technologies. Following this, she worked as a research assistant at the Law Commission of England & Wales. Ruth worked on the event fees in leasehold property project and on proposals for the 13th Programme of Law Reform.

Ruth is currently on secondment to the Supreme Court as the judicial assistant to Lady Arden and Lord Kitchin until August 2019.

Commercial and Construction


During her construction and commercial seat in pupillage, Ruth gained experience of drafting pleadings, advices and research notes. This included:

  • A claim against a contractor and geotechnical engineer.
  • The scope of a public liability insurance policy, involving issues of double insurance.
  • A large civil fraud matter, focusing on anti-money laundering international law and guidance.
  • Litigation concerning collateral warranties and limitation issues in a large development.
  • An arbitration regarding a nuclear power plant.
  • Litigation involving issues of alleged defective works and remedial works.
  • Mechanisms of enforcing a judgment debt against private and public sector pensions in a conspiracy to defraud claim.
  • An adjudication which raised allegations of bias concerning an adjudicator’s decision.
  • Witness expenses in a large civil fraud matter.

Public and Regulatory


During pupillage Ruth worked on several public and regulatory matters. Examples of the cases which Ruth was involved in include:

  • A Supreme Court appeal regarding ouster clauses and the jurisdiction of the High Court in respect of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.
  • The scope of procedural protection afforded by Article 8, in light of R (on the application of Kiarie) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2017] UKSC 42.
  • An application to re-open an appeal concerning an alleged breach of Article 8 and the requirements of an effective appeal.
  • Summary grounds of defence in a judicial review regarding refusal of residence cards.
  • A case before the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organisation.
  • A hearing before the General Osteopathic Council.
  • A Police Disciplinary Tribunal matter which raised issues of conduct and use of force.

Environmental and Planning


Ruth assisted on a number of cases during pupillage considering a range of development plan policies as well as parts of the NPPF. Some of the cases Ruth was involved in during pupillage include:

  • A judicial review challenge to the development of a third runway at Heathrow airport.
  • A matter concerning the protection of a European Protected Species and the Habitats Directive.
  • A dispute regarding the Localism Act 2011 and assets of community value.
  • Lawful use of a HMO, involving a listed building.
  • A matter concerning compensation for compulsory purchase and alleged trespass.
  • A contractual dispute regarding agreements pursuant to the Electricity and Gas (Energy Companies Obligations) Order 2012.
  • Assisted in the preparation of Local Plan examinations.

Civil Liability


Ruth regularly appears in court and has experience of applications, trials, infant settlement approvals and CCMCs.

Ruth assisted on a number of civil liability matters during pupillage. Types of cases which Ruth was involved in during pupillage include:

  • Misuse of personal information and breach of the Data Protection Act.
  • The circumstances in which pre-action admissions can be withdrawn.
  • Alleged delayed diagnosis.
  • A matter regarding the scope of the ‘course of employment’ test for vicarious liability, and employers’ liability with regards to defective equipment.
  • An insurance matter, considering whether the policy covered the negligent actions of a passenger and the circumstances in which cover can be withheld.
  • Drafted pleadings and schedules of loss and damage in clinical negligence and catastrophic injury matters.
  • Assisted in the preparation of two inquests.

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