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Stuart Ruff

Senior Associate Solicitor


I appreciate that the breakdown of a personal relationship and sorting out what happens next are among the most stressful events an individual will go through in their life.

I aim to take as much of the stress and uncertainty out of the situation as possible by working closely with my clients to support them through the process whilst finding creative legal solutions for them. Frequently this will involve working with other professionals such as tax specialists, accountants and financial planners both here and overseas.

I try to resolve issues without the court becoming involved but sometimes this cannot be avoided. Regardless of how a case develops, I am able to advise and guide clients through the process in an efficient, unstuffy and jargon free way.

My specialisms are:

  • Divorce
  • Dissolution of Civil Partnerships
  • Financial settlements for married and unmarried couples (including in relation to children)
  • Variation and Enforcement of court orders
  • Emergency Relief (i.e. Injunctions) for both domestic violence and financial matters
  • Nuptial Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Disputes about children
  • Property ownership disputes under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (ToLATA)
  • International aspects relating to any of the above

What inspired you to get into law?

The intellectual challenge, Kavanagh QC and the fact I wasn’t good enough at science to be a pathologist.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?

Helping people move from a vulnerable and emotional time in their lives to being able to face the future with greater certainty and confidence.

What do you do away from the office?

I enjoy long walks with my dogs (2 Boxers), dispute resolution with my 2 daughters, discovering new places, most sports (sadly now more passive than active), reading (especially history and historical thrillers), music and new experiences.


I have written articles and been quoted in a number of publications including Solicitors Journal, Private Client Advisor and Sunday Express.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 16/04/2018
    Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth Comments On High-Profile Divorce Case

    “This is the latest case to scrutinise the duration of spousal maintenance and demonstrates the shift towards maintenance being paid for as long as is needed for the recipient to adjust to independent living without causing undue hardship and no longer.” “The duration of payments will depend on the facts of each case - and there will still be cases where long-term maintenance is appropriate - but greater consideration will be given to whether, and how quickly, the recipient can adjust to independent living without causing them undue hardship.”

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