1 Garden Court

Ruth Henke QC

Year of Call: 1987
Year of Silk: 2006

  • ‘She skilfully and with a high degree of precision dealt with a very serious case for us, bringing her vast knowledge to a matter that would not have succeeded without her.’

    Chambers UK 2020
  • ‘She has this amazing clarity of thought whereby she is able to identify important arguments and issues in a case, and cut away the information that sometimes overshadows it.’

    Chambers UK 2020
  • ‘A ferociously clever lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of statute and case law.’

    Chambers UK 2020
  • ‘A very capable family specialist.’ ‘She continues to be at the forefront of children matters.’

    Chambers UK 2019

Practice Overview

Ruth specialises in the protection of children and vulnerable adults and the provision of services to them. An experienced Silk, Ruth has a deserved reputation as an expert in her field and is widely known for her sensitive handling of complex cases.

Ruth is an expert in care cases, frequently working on child death, shaken baby, sexual abuse, chronic and gross neglect, cases involving mental and physical disabilities, alleged ‘paedophile rings’, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Ruth typically acts in Inherent Jurisdiction (including the right to die and right to life), matters and cases about education, as well as in those featuring vulnerable adults.

Ruth regularly appears in the Family Court, the Court of Protection,  the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal . She is often instructed by local authorities, Local Health Boards (LHBs) (Wales), hospitals, parents and relatives, Guardians, interveners, incapacitated adults, and children.

A highly skilled and tenacious advocate, Ruth offers exemplary client care.

Ruth also practices from 30 Park Place, Cardiff, where she is Head of Chambers.

Ruth is an expert in devolved Welsh law and its implications for children and vulnerable adults.

  • Notable Cases

    AA & 25 Ors (Children) (Rev 1) [2019] EWFC 64

    Re R (An Infant) (2016) EWFC 60

    Cardiff CC v Scully-Hicks (2016) EWFC 79

    Re C (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 374

    Re S (A child) [2015] EWCA Civ 325

    Re T (children) [2014] EWCA Civ 1369

    Re G (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 432

    NPTCBC v B & Others [2014] EWCC B 24

    Re W (a child) [2014] EWHC Misc (CC)

    Re AS (A Child) [2014] EWHC 606 (Fam)

    Re M (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 1170

    Re P-S (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 223

    Re AJ (child) [2007] EWCA Civ 55