Ruth Keating

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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).

Commercial and Construction

During her pupillage and thereafter, Ruth has gained experience of drafting pleadings and advices. This experience includes:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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 [2019] UKSC 29, Wells v Devani [2019] UKSC 4, S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd [2018] UKSC 62, X v Kuoni Travel Ltd [2019] UKSC 37, Volcafe Ltd and others v Compania Sud Americana De Vapores SA [2018] 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).

Public and Regulatory

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Cases which Ruth was involved in as a Judicial Assistant include In the matter of D (A Child) [2019] UKSC 42, KV (Sri Lanka) Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] UKSC 10, Konecny v District Court in Brno-Venkov, Czech Republic [2019] 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).

Environmental and Planning

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:

  • 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.

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 [2019] UKSC 18 and London Borough of Lambeth v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and others [2019] UKSC 33.

Civil Liability

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:

  • 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.
  • An insurance matter considering the circumstances in which cover can be withheld.
  • Drafted pleadings and schedules of loss and damage in clinical negligence and catastrophic injury matters.
  • Preparation for inquests.

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 [2019] UKSC 16, Takhar v Gracefield Developments Limited and others [2019] UKSC 13 and Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd v Dring (for and on behalf of Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK) [2019] UKSC 38.

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