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Ruth Harris

Ruth Harris | Partner 020 7874 8380

Legal 500 2016 recommended lawyer

I am experienced in dealing with the full range of criminal defence cases, but specialise in the most serious and complex. This includes homicide, drug importations, armed robbery and serious assaults. I have particular expertise in the defence of serious and complex fraud. I have been ranked for this work by the Legal 500 and described as “analytically minded” I have extensive experience in defending cases alleging money laundering and conspiracy to defraud. I regularly advise in relation to asset seizure and confiscation.

I am pleased to be able to offer my clients continuity of representation by acting in both the preparation and presentation of cases. I am a Higher Court Advocate and my experience before the Crown Court includes grave matters such as possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, inflicting grievous bodily harm and conspiracy matters.

I am committed to tenacious representation in cases both private and publicly funded. My approachable manner, hard work and advocacy are frequently commented upon in client feedback.


  • College of Law, London, LPC; 1997-1998
  • University of Westminster, CPE; 1996-1997
  • University of Birmingham, (B Soc Sci) Sociology and Politics; 1993-1996


  • Hodge Jones and Allen, Partner – 2010
  • Higher Court Advocate – 2008
  • Hodge Jones and Allen, Associate – 2006
  • Hodge Jones and Allen, Solicitor – 2002
  • Admitted as Solicitor: 2000
  • Training Contract, Edward Fail Bradshaw and Waterson: 1998-2000

Notable Cases

  • R v R and others: Widely reported investigation by Anti-Terrorist Branch alleging conspiracy to defraud.
  • R v B and others: Conspiracy to Defraud and money laundering case with a central allegation that charities were set up and dishonestly operated.
  • R v H and others: Conspiracy to Defraud – ‘long firm’ fraud case, largest fraud prosecuted by DBIS.
  • R V S and another: Instructed advocate on high profile conspiracy to defraud of a publicly funded body.
  • R V A and others: Multi-handed kidnap, false imprisonment and GBH trial.
  • R v S: Murder trial.
  • R v F: Attempted murder, GBH and false imprisonment trial.

Articles and Publications

Membership & Appointments

  • The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association