Ruth Brander is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. Ruth specialises in civil actions against the police, prisoners' rights, inquests, public law, international law and appellate crime. She has a particular interest in the rights of protestors and of vulnerable, young or mentally disordered detainees. She regularly represents bereaved families at inquests and in civil proceedings.
Ruth's public law work includes challenges on behalf of protestors [R (Castle) v Met Police Commr  EWHC 2317 - s.11 Children Act 2004 duty applies to exercise of frontline police functions; R (Hicks) v Met Police Commr; R (Glazier) v Met Police Commr;R (Pearce) v Met Police Commr - challenges to pre-emptive Royal Wedding arrests]. She also specialises in prisoners' rights, including challenges to parole licence conditions and resettlement issues, particularly for young detainees. She has been junior counsel in some of the key constitutional challenges to the death penalty in the Caribbean [R v Trimmingham  UKPC 25; Bowe and Davis v R  UKPC 10; Boyce & Joseph v R (2005) 1 AC 400].
Ruth has particular expertise in criminal appellate work, especially CCRC referrals and appeals concerning young defendants. She represented a series of appellants challenging HM Revenue and Customs' use of participating informants: R v Vernett-Showers & 10 Others  EWCA Crim 1767; Latif, Shahzad & Others  EWCA Crim 307; R v Choudhery & Others  EWCA Crim 1788. She was subsequently instructed on behalf of a number of these appellants in civil claims arising out of their criminal cases.
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