Ruth Cowley is a dispute resolution and litigation lawyer based in London. She is qualified in England and Wales as a Solicitor-Advocate (English Courts) holding Higher Rights (All Proceedings), and is also qualified in Hong Kong. She is experienced in commercial litigation and ADR, international arbitration and regulation and investigation. Most of Ruth’s cases have international elements.
Recent experience includes investigations (internal and external) into regulatory and corruption issues, advice on corruption and fraud issues, compliance advice, international shareholder and joint venture disputes, complex contractual disputes, and cross border litigation. Ruth is a core member of our Global Business Ethics and Anti-Corruption Group.
Ruth is recognised in legal directories for her litigation and investigations experience and is recognised as one of the world's leading young investigations specialists by Global Investigations Review - 40 under 40 (2014).
Ruth read law at Cambridge University and joined us in 2000. She spent nearly two years in our Singapore office primarily focusing on international arbitration in the South East Asia region, before moving to Hong Kong in September 2007. She spent four years in our Hong Kong office advising on disputes and investigations across Asia for a range of clients, including regulatory investigations before the SFC and Stock Exchange.
Legal 500 UK 2013 describe Ruth as “very lucid” and she “quickly gets to the nub of the issue.”
The point at which an investigation becomes sufficiently adversarial to constitute “litigation” for litigation privilege purposes has long been a grey area under English law..
August 23, 2017
Third party service providers are businesses’ single biggest corruption risk. The vast majority of prosecutions and regulatory settlements arise out of payments to agents, distributors, brokers, consultants, or other third parties..
February 21, 2017