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Ruth Booy



I am a Partner in the Serious Injury department, based in our Cambridge Office. I have over 20 years post qualification experience and specialise in cases concerning complex high value catastrophic injury.

I am passionate about getting our clients the rehabilitation and compensation awards they need after an injury and I have a particular passion for working with children with brain injury and ensuring that those injured in their youth reach their full potential. I also have extensive experience of spinal injury and amputation cases as well as running cross-jurisdictional and fatal accident claims. I often work alongside Deputies and I support the use of Case Managers in complex injury cases.

I am renowned for successfully running high risk cases with complex legal arguments. I have written and presented training programmes for hospital consultants, case managers, police liaison officers, victim support and bereavement volunteers and the Citizen Advice Bureaux. I have also presented at the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers annual conference. 

Excellent client care and communication is paramount to me. I pride myself in being accessible, available and proactive and I consider myself to have very strong strategic planning skills which come into their own in complex injury cases.


Sources describe her as "very knowledgeable in catastrophic injury work" and note that "she always has the confidence of the client." - Chambers & Partners 2017

Ruth is "a polished practitioner and a strong advocate" - Legal 500 2016

"Ruth Booy is a complete professional; totally passionate and dedicated to her craft" - ​Legal 500 2015

"She is an impressive operator and very confident" - Chambers, 2012

"She always keeps me informed, explains things in plain language and understands my wishes" - Chambers, 2012

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I never actually intended to go into law, I fell into it by chance. At school I was only really interested in performing arts and I secured myself a place at drama school. However, I never actually took up my place due to the experiences of my friends and I decided to do a combined degree in law and publishing instead.

I enjoyed the law side of my degree so much that I decided to do some work experience placements with solicitors firms. I spent a week sitting in Court and it was this experience which made me realise I would like to be a solicitor. Once I qualified I began work as a general litigator but soon specialised as a personal injury solicitor. They always say lawyers are failed actors!

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

The most rewarding aspect of my work is doing the best job I can for my clients, ensuring they are properly supported and able to live the most fulfilling lives possible after their accidents. I also take great pleasure in succeeding at trial, obtaining the maximum settlement possible at settlement meetings, setting case law precedents and appearing in the Court of Appeal.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I love working with people who are totally committed to doing all they can for our clients, often going above and beyond what's normally expected from a lawyer. Our clients and meeting their needs is at the core of everything we do at Irwin Mitchell and I am proud to be a part of this firm.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

My life outside the office revolves around travel and cycling. I have been fortunate enough to have travelled extensively, spending many months at a time travelling in Europe and the USA in particular. When not travelling I love to cycle; I am passionate about both road and mountain biking. Recently I cycled 400 miles in four days from the Suffolk Coast to Aberystwyth in Wales, raising money for MAGPAS and SSAFA. I am now planning to cycle from Cambridge to Amsterdam as well as taking part in a number of long distance day events.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 24/09/2018
    Man Left Needing Wheelchair After Fatal Collision Hopes Inquest Brings Answers

    “Mark suffered horrific injuries in this crash and this inquest is an opportunity for answers as to how he came to sustain them. “We have been working with Mark since the start of the year and we have already succeeded in moving him to bungalow accommodation and he is now fully supported with a case manager and multi-disciplinary rehabilitation team consisting of a physiotherapist, occupational therapist and psychologist. “We will continue to work with Mark to ensure he receives the help he needs as he continues his long road to recovery.”

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  • 06/09/2017
    Woman Who Sustained Life-Changing Injuries In A Head On Collision Calls For More Road Safety Awareness

    “The life-changing injuries sustained by Rachael in this horrific accident can put a huge strain on financial stability, quality of life and relationships so access to rehabilitative treatment is essential for recovery. “Of course nothing can turn back the clock for Rachael, but we are pleased to have finally been able to secure her a settlement, which will not only provide her with some financial security as she continues her recovery but will also fund specialist support and rehabilitation.”

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  • 13/10/2016
    HGV Driver Guilty Of Causing Death Of Bedford Woman In Road Collision

    “While the time since Ayse’s death has understandably been extremely difficult for Tom and Ayse’s family to endure, they are comforted by the knowledge that the criminal process is over and the driver who caused Ayse’s death has been found guilty. “Road safety is a cause we are passionate about and this tragic incident illustrates how important it is for road users to consider the safety of all of those around them. A momentary lapse in concentration can lead to accidents which often have terrible consequences for those involved and their families. “We hope this incident will act as a reminder of the responsibility road users have for not only their own safety, but the safety of others.”

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  • 09/09/2016
    Jan Adamec Jailed After Pleading Guilty To Dangerous Driving

    "This is an incredibly sad case in which the careless actions of a driver left two young men with serious and life-changing injuries. "Joey is still coming to terms with his injuries and the long road to recovery he now faces. The guilty plea entered by the driver spared Joey and Shaun the stress and anxiety of a trial and the sentence handed down today has helped him draw a line under what has been a very difficult year. “We are working with Joey to help him overcome his injuries in the best way he can and will be looking to help him access funds he will require for his ongoing therapy and recovery.”

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