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Ruth Collard



Ruth read law at Queens' College, Cambridge and trained at Carter-Ruck.

Ruth became a partner in 1994 and her clients include prominent individuals, such as politicians and celebrities, multinational companies, professional associations and publishers (for whom she undertakes pre-publication reviewing as well as litigation).  In addition to her core specialisation of defamation, privacy and other media-related litigation, Ruth has also conducted large scale commercial litigation for both claimants and defendants.

Ruth's notable cases include acting for Princess Margarita of Romania against the Evening Standard, for Sir James Goldsmith against the Observer, for the businessmen David and Simon Reuben against Fortune magazine, for football chairman Ken Bates against the Mail, for Jemima Khan against the press, for Ben Elliot, the businessman and nephew of Camilla Parker Bowles, against the Sunday People, for Biwater Plc against Private Eye, for the writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran against the Observer, for the Referendum Party against Sunday Business and, in defendant actions, representing Carlton Books and the Scotsman newspaper. She was also responsible for one of the earliest conditional fee cases, for Helen Brinton MP against the Sun, and advised Penguin Books in connection with the publication of Christopher Andrew's book on the Mitrokin archives which "outed" the "grandmother spy" Melita Norwood.

Ruth has also been responsible for cases which have established new law, including Sawkins v Hyperion Records (a ground breaking copyright case in which Ruth successfully represented the composer and editor Lionel Sawkins at trial and in the Court of Appeal) and Gough v Bedfordshire on Sunday (which established new election law, when Ruth acted in successfully overturning the trial judgment in the Court of Appeal).

Ruth has also regularly lectured to other solicitors on defamation issues.


Email: ruth.collard@carter-ruck.com

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  • Ruth acts for a wide range of prominent clients in all types of media related litigation, and is also experienced in conducting large scale commercial disputes.
  • Described in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as "exceptionally intelligent", "highly sought after" and "incredibly organised and efficient and provides top quality advice".