Ruth Keating has a broad practice across all areas of Chambers’ specialisms, with a particular interest in commercial, environmental law, energy and construction disputes, public law and civil liability.
She appears regularly as sole counsel and has appeared recently as junior counsel in the Supreme Court in R (on the application of Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) and others) (Respondents) v North Yorkshire County Council (Appellant) led by Peter Village QC, James Strachan QC and Ned Helme. In addition, she undertakes pleading and advisory work.
Ruth was a Judicial Assistant to Lady Arden and Lord Kitchin at the Supreme Court from 2018-2019. During this time, she assisted on cases of the United Kingdom Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
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, a company which organises global technology conferences.
Ruth has been called to the Bar of England and Wales (2017) and the Bar of Ireland (2019).
Ruth has worked on a variety of different disputes, both litigation and arbitration. She has gained experience in this area during pupilage and in practice which includes:
While at the Supreme Court as a Judicial Assistant Ruth assisted with several cases relating to commercial 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 48, 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).
Ruth has worked on a variety of different disputes, both litigation and arbitration. She has gained experience in this area during pupillage and in practice which includes:
Ruth is a contributing editor to the forthcoming edition of Wilmot-Smith on Construction Contracts.
Ruth has a keen interest in environmental law and is an editor of the Sweet & Maxwell Environmental Law Bulletins. She has co-authored, with Nigel Pleming QC, the chapter on ‘Climate Change Litigation in the United Kingdom’ in the forthcoming book ‘Climate Change Litigation: Global Perspectives’.
Ruth has gained experience in this area during pupilage 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 58, The Manchester Ship Canal Company Ltd v Vauxhall Motors Ltd (Formerly General Motors UK Ltd)  UKSC 46, Nominees Ltd (formerly Rotrust Nominees Ltd) v Hautford Ltd (a company registered in the British Virgin Islands)  UKSC 47, 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.
During pupillage and in her own practice Ruth has worked on several public and regulatory matters. In addition, while a Judicial Assistant she worked on the Supreme Court’s publication outlining the contribution the UKSC has made to Public International Law in the past ten years.
Examples of the cases which Ruth has been involved in include:
Ruth is a member of the Government Legal Department’s ‘Junior Junior’ scheme.
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 56, RR (AP) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions  UKSC 52 and Patel v Secretary of State for the Home Department  UKSC 59.
Ruth regularly appears in court and has experience of applications and trials.
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.