Ruth Charteris

Year of Call
Devil Masters
Laurence Murphy QC
IM Duguid QC
JG Thomson

Contact 07739 638966

Practice Profile

Ruth came to the Bar on completion of her post as Legal Assistant to the Lord President. She quickly established and has maintained an extensive and varied civil practice in which she has conducted cases at all stages of the legal process. Ruth is regularly instructed in lengthy and complex cases, requiring a disciplined and committed approach to case preparation and presentation. She appears in cases involving a wide range of complicated legal and factual issues and demonstrates an aptitude for quickly mastering, and ably presenting, the issues. Her areas of practice include judicial review, regulatory law, proceeds of crime, professional negligence, insurance litigation, personal injury and property disputes. Ruth was an ad hoc Advocate Depute (2010-2016) and has been a Standing Junior to the Scottish Government since 2012. She is currently Second Standing Junior to the Scottish Government (2016 - present). She is also Chair of the Fitness to Practice Panel of the SSSC (2017-present).

Education & Professional Career to Date

Tutor in Constitutional Law, University of Edinburgh

Legal Assistant to the Lord President

LLB; Diploma in Legal Practice


  • Second Standing Junior to the Scottish Government (2016–present)
  • Standing Junior to the Scottish Government (2012–2016)
  • Ad hoc Advocate Depute (2010–2016)
  • Legally Qualified Chair, Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) (2017–present)

Selected Cases

Publications & Seminars

'Intervention – in the Public Interest?', Scots Law Times (News), 87, 2000

'Sun Sets on Dawn Raids', Scots Law Times (News), 271, 2000

Articles in the Scottish Parliament Law Review

Regular seminars on areas of current legal development


Recommended in Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2020 - Personal Injury

"Her attention to detail is second to none."

Recommended in The Legal 500 UK Bar Guide since 2016
Band 1 - Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

"Dedicated, practical and empathetic."