Ruth is a founding partner of BDBF.
She has significant experience of conducting high value litigation in the financial services sector. She has acted on both sides at the highest levels and is adept at using this unique insight to the advantage of her clients. Her practice typically focuses on discrimination, whistleblowing, stress at work claims and team move cases.
Ruth also advises senior individuals who, for one reason or another, are leaving (or are at risk of being forced to leave) their employment. She is proficient at ensuring:
- financial terms are maximised;
- legal rights and options are clearly explained; and
- unsubstantiated allegations are refuted and reputation (along with any associated FCA approval) is protected.
She has particular experience of assisting women wo are discriminated against during or after maternity leave.
Ruth also advises businesses on how to avoid disputes and ultimately save money and management time. She provides advice on the full spectrum of general employment law matters (including redundancy situations, employee performance issues, employment contracts and settlement agreements). She also regularly delivers practical training sessions to both HR and management. A recent attendee at one of these sessions commented: “we were all very impressed with the content and delivery – just the right level of technicality, delivered with the correct balance of humour and sobriety.”
Ruth was the only employment lawyer to be named in the Lawyer Magazine’s ‘Hot 100’ in 2015.
Chambers & Partners described her as “praised for being focused and well organised” and “knowledgeable and great at holding a client’s hand.”
The Legal 500 described Ruth as “very bright.”
Career Highlights include:
- Representing a Desk Head in a multi-million pound stress at work and bonus claim in the High Court against one of the top Inter-Dealer Brokers. The case was reported at an early stage in the Financial Times and The Telegraph and settled shortly before trial.
- Representing a senior executive in the financial services industry who was dismissed by one of the global investment banks and subsequently uncovered significant evidence of harassment on grounds of race and sexual orientation. This case stands out because the bank committed to significant and identifiable changes in practices and structures which have made real advances for the diversity agenda in the City.
- Successfully establishing the UK tribunal should determine the multi-million pound whistleblowing dispute of a UK hired, Japan based executive against one of the top US investment banks. Victory at the Preliminary Hearing was a key factor in ultimately achieving a favourable settlement.
- Representing an HR Director in an Employment Tribunal claim for constructive dismissal and discrimination (on grounds of sex and marital status) against a luxury goods retailer.
See Ruth’s articles in European CEO magazine on managing a successful return from maternity or parental leave (https://www.europeanceo.com/business-and-management/how-to-manage-the-transition-from-parent-to-city-life/)in the Evening Standard on the BBC’s gender pay gap (https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/bbc-faces-threat-of-legal-action-from-female-stars-in-gender-pay-gap-storm-a3591506.html?amp), The Times on the rise of stress claims (http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/law/article4003869.ece), and the John McCririck case (http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/law/article3883951.ece).
Ruth is Chair of the Employment Lawyers Association Pro Bono Committee.
Outside of work, Ruth used to enjoy good food and the theatre, but these days can mostly be found at soft plays and bus museums with her young son.