• A bright junior with a wealth of experience across the full spectrum of practice areas that Chambers has to offer.

    Corporate & Financial Crime 

    Ruth is regularly instructed to defend and prosecute allegations of fraud in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts. Whilst a pupil, she assisted members of Chambers with research and preparing submissions in a number of large-scale cases brought by the SFO and CPS.

    Crime

    Ruth appears in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Court. At trial, she has represented defendants charged with a wide range of offences, from affray, benefit fraud and dangerous driving to possession of drugs with intent to supply, unlawful wounding, robbery and murder (as a led-junior).

    Regulatory

    Ruth has appeared at the Nursing and Midwifery Council and General Optical Council, and in the High Court on behalf of the General Dental Council, in addition to her work on secondment with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (assisting in the investigation and preparation a complex case concerning multiple registrants), and at the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Public Law

    Ruth has a keen interest in public law and is developing a practice in the overlap between criminal and public law. She has experience appearing at prison disciplinary tribunals and parole hearings and has been instructed in relation to a major Public Inquiry.

    Appointments 

    • Approved NMC Counsel List
    • CPS Grade 1 Prosecutor 
    • Youth Court Registered

    Professional Memberships

    • Pro-Bono Bar Unit
    • The Howard's League for Penal Reform
    • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
    • Criminal Bar Association

    Education

    • Bar Professional Training Course – BPP (Holborn) (2016)
    • Graduate Diploma in Law – City University (2015)
    • Diploma in French Language and Civilisation: Level B2.1 – Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) (2014)
    • BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, University of Oxford (2013)

    Scholarships

    • Middle Temple Major Award (Malcolm Wright Scholarship) (2015)
    • BPP Pro-Bono and Social Justice Award (2015)
    • Middle Temple Certificate of Honour for BPTC results (2016)

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    Recent Cases

    • Ruth represented H, who was acquitted of robbery after trial at Kingston Crown Court. The defendant was 16 years’ old at the time of the alleged offence but delays meant he and his co-defendant were 18 by the time of trial. H was sentenced to a comm...

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    • Secured the acquittal of a defendant charged with theft.

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    • The defendant was acquitted of possession of Class B with intent to supply.

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    • SL was due to stand trial for possession of a knife in the Crown Court.

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    • Successfully represented a youth remanded on suspicion of contempt of court during a murder trial.

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    • Ruth Broadbent successfully appealed to the Crown Court against a conviction for knowingly assisting a child in staying away from the responsible person.

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    News

    • London Legal Walk 2018

      QEB Hollis Whiteman are walking with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust, the Free Representation Unit and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

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    Articles

    • When we talk about fake news

      Ruth Broadbent examines the Digital Culture Media & Sport Committee’s report into fake news.

    • Low-value shoplifting inhabits a procedurally unique and potentially ambiguous position in our criminal justice system

      Pursuant to section 176 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which inserts s.22A into the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 ['MCA'], low-value shoplifting is 'triable only summarily'.Despite this, a defendant charged with low-value shopli...

  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    A junior barrister with experience in financial crime, both independently and in support of members of chambers’ prosecution and defence of proceedings brought by the SFO and specialised units of the CPS.

    Overview 

    Ruth is regularly instructed to defend and prosecute allegations of fraud in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. Whilst a pupil, she assisted members of Chambers with research and preparing submissions in a number of large-scale cases brought by the SFO and CPS.

    Experience 

    Ruth has experience beyond her call.  She has been instructed in cases involving various types of fraud at all levels and in various tribunals.

    Ruth has experience of confiscation and has successfully agreed orders to the benefit of her clients.

    Notable Cases

    R v B 
    Secured a suspended sentence for a defendant who pleaded guilty to possession of false identity documents with intent and fraud.

    R v S
    Agreed a confiscation order for approximately £1000 in a case with an estimated £15,000 benefit and with disclosed assets of over £27,000.

     

  • Ruth prosecutes and defends across the broad spectrum of criminal law, with a particular interest in youth crime.

    Overview

    Ruth appears in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Court. At trial, she has represented defendants across the spectrum of criminal charges, from affray, benefit fraud and dangerous driving to possession of drugs with intent to supply, unlawful wounding, robbery and murder (led by Philip Evans QC).

    Experience

    Ruth has particular expertise working with young and vulnerable defendants. She has been instructed as assigned counsel in the Youth Court (successfully defending a young person charged with four offences of PWITS Class A), regularly works with medical professionals to understand an individual’s vulnerabilities and has considerable experience identifying and supporting defendants during their referral to the National Referral Mechanism for potential victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.

    In addition to court work, Ruth has experience advising in both legally and factually complex matters. Her advisory work includes acting for a British national convicted of six counts of manslaughter in Zambia (led by Philip Evans QC) and being instructed pro bono in a referral against conviction for rape of a child to the Criminal Case Review Commission (led by Edward Henry QC).

    She has previously been seconded to the International Corruption Unit of the National Crime Agency.

    Notables Cases

    R v H (2019)

    Successfully represented a young adult charged with robbery.

    R v M (2019)

    Successfully represented a young adult charged with multiple counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

    R v W (2019)

    Represented a vulnerable adult charged with assaulting his daughter, occasioning actual bodily harm.

    Recent Cases

    • Ruth represented H, who was acquitted of robbery after trial at Kingston Crown Court. The defendant was 16 years’ old at the time of the alleged offence but delays meant he and his co-defendant were 18 by the time of trial. H was sentenced to a comm...

    • Secured the acquittal of a defendant charged with theft.

    • The defendant was acquitted of possession of Class B with intent to supply.

    • SL was due to stand trial for possession of a knife in the Crown Court.

    • Successfully represented a youth remanded on suspicion of contempt of court during a murder trial.

    • Ruth Broadbent successfully appealed to the Crown Court against a conviction for knowingly assisting a child in staying away from the responsible person.

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  • A junior with great disciplinary experience; Ruth Broadbent has developed a successful regulatory practice since pupillage.

    Overview

    Ruth has experience of various regulators and of various levels of tribunal.  She has been instructed in her own right and supported members on more complex matters.  She presents and defends.

    Experience 

    Ruth is regularly instructed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and has presented a number of substantive hearings on behalf of the Council, as well as interim order hearings and substantive order reviews. She has also appeared in front of the General Opticians Council and on behalf of the General Dental Council in the High Court.  She has experience working at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Financial Conduct Authority.

    During pupillage Ruth regularly assisted members of Chambers in the preparation of cases before various regulators, including substantive hearings at the General Dental Council and Police Misconduct Tribunal.

    Notable Cases

    NMC v C
    Represented the NMC in the proceedings against a nurse accused of failing to adequately supervise staff, resulting in a vulnerable patient being outside for over seven hours during the night.

    NMC v S
    Represented the NMC in complex proceedings against a nurse accused of attending work whist drunk. The proceedings were adjourned for further medical evidence to be considered and for the charges to potentially be re-charged as heath matters.

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  • A junior with a keen intellect and interest in public law, Ruth Broadbent is ideally suited to this field.

    Overview

    Ruth has a keen interest in public law and has acted in inquests, prison adjudication and parole hearings as well as appearing in the High Court on behalf of the General Dental Council.

    Experience 

    Ruth is developing a practice in the overlap between criminal and public law. She has experience in various tribunals, has been instructed in relation to a major Public Inquiry and has assisted senior members of chambers in various inquests, inquiries and judicial reviews.

    Ruth successfully employs the analytical and advocacy skills developed in her criminal practice to public law issues. She has been instructed by the Bar Pro-Bono Unit to advise on Judicial Review and, following written representations, secured the revocation of Police Information Notice served on an individual during a long-standing neighbour dispute. She has assisted members of Chambers on various public law matters, including: legal research concerning the influence of natural justice principles and Article 2 considerations for counsel instructed in one of the Westminster Bridge Inquests; assisting Caoimhe Daly, led by David Perry QC, in the Divisional Court and researching routes of challenge against the decision of a CIMA disciplinary committee.

    Whilst studying, Ruth was runner-up in the City Law School Essay Competition for her essay on the extent to which public authorities are restricted by policy and she volunteered for the Free Representation Unit, supporting clients during hearings before the Social Security Tribunal.

    Notables Cases

    Inquest into the Death of PA

    Ruth acted pro bono for the family of a man killed in a road traffic accident in which, following representations on behalf of the family, Transport for London and the London Borough of Southwark appeared as interested parties.

    PIN Revocation

    Instructed by the Bar Pro-Bono Unit to represent a woman who’s repeated attempts to require the relevant police force to revoke a Police Information Notice issued against her had failed. Ruth advised on Judicial Review and wrote a letter of representations, following which the Notice was revoked in full.

    Recent Cases

    Articles

    • When we talk about fake news

      Ruth Broadbent examines the Digital Culture Media & Sport Committee’s report into fake news.