Ruth’s background is in race relations and criminal defence. Her first Inquest experience was judicially reviewing the Leeds Coroner concerned with the death of Helen Smith, a nurse in Jeddah, and winning the right for inquests to be held into the deaths of British nationals abroad. She continued to represent families from 1990 onwards following  deaths in custody, despite a lack of funding, and acted in the Jamieson inquest where further higher court proceedings led to verdict restrictions. She still represents Janet Alder whose brother Christopher died on the floor of Hull Police Station, and continues to act in prison and police station deaths. She was recently involved in the Hillsborough Inquests on behalf of three families.