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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Ruth graduated from University College London with a Psychology BSc (Hons) degree in 2003.  Her final-year research project formed part of a joint paper published in Genetics in Medicine in 2004.  After graduation, Ruth completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and subsequently the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in which she achieved a distinction.  Ruth qualified as a lawyer in 2008, following completion of her training contract at international City law firm, Davies Arnold Cooper LLP (now DAC Beachcroft).  Upon qualification, Ruth practised as an Associate at Peters & Peters, a specialist practice best known for providing expert advice in business crime and regulation, civil fraud and commercial litigation.   


Ruth gained two years in-house experience in an advisory role at Munich Re, a global London Market reinsurer, during which time she was a contributing author to “Alternative Dispute Resolution in Practice” (2011).  Ruth returned to private practice in March 2011, joining the Insurance Litigation department of Mayer Brown International LLP where she was promoted to Senior Associate in March 2014.  During this time, Ruth worked on a number of high-profile cases such as advising Directors & Officers (D&O) liability insurers in connection with the collapse of a well-known high street retailer and providing coverage and strategy advice to insurers of D&O and prospectus (POSI) insurance for a UK retail bank whose directors faced billions of dollars of claims in the US and the UK.  After seven years at Mayer Brown, Ruth joined the Insurance Litigation department of Kennedys Law LLP where she continued to develop her expertise in matters involving non-disclosure, misrepresentation, double insurance, attachment issues and aggregation.   


Ruth is thrilled to be studying the MPP, and is keen to pursue a career in public service, in which she hopes to explore the interface between psychology, law and public policy.   


In her spare time, Ruth enjoys rowing, running and Pilates and is the President of the university’s public speaking society.


Climate change; the refugee crisis; women’s rights; antimicrobial resistance; mental health policy. 


Key publications: 
  1. Genetic information leaflets: Influencing attitudes towards genetic testing”; Genet Med 6, 219–225 (2004).
  2. Boiled Dry”; Fraud Intelligence; 1 December 2008. 
  3. Committal orders for civil contempt – the last weapon available?; Mondaq; 23 March 2009. 
  4. “Alternative Dispute Resolution in Practice” (contributing author); Insurance Institute of London, 2011.