Ruth Powell

Partner, Head of Medical Negligence
Contact Number: 029 2267 5350

Ruth is a Partner and Head of our Clinical Negligence Department. She has exclusively practised in clinical negligence since qualifying in 1995 and has a wealth of experience in complex and high value clinical negligence claims.  She has settled several multi million pound claims and has been successful at trials.

Before joining Hugh James, Ruth was a partner at Russell Jones & Walker (where she trained as a solicitor), Powell & Company Solicitors, and latterly, head of the London Clinical Negligence team of Blake Morgan. She has also had a huge amount of experience in recruiting, training and supervising trainee solicitors. 

Ruth has and has been a member of the AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence panel since 2000 and is also a member of APIL and SCIL. 

Ruth is widely recognised as an industry leader in her field and builds fantastic rapport with her clients and other parties. She has featured in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for many years.

She has a particular specialism in neonatal, child and adult brain injury cases, and maternal injury. 

Most recently, she won a landmark case involving brain injury acquired as a result of delay in diagnosis of meningitis. You can read more here: Hugh James wins landmark case in first clinical negligence trial to take place 'in person' during lockdown


  • Chester College of Law: Law Society Final Examination 1992
  • Sheffield University: Law LL.B 1991

Career History

  • Head of London Clinical Negligence Department: 2019
  • Senior Associate at Hugh James: 2018
  • Joined Blake Morgan as Head of London Clinical Negligence Team: 2014
  • Joined Powell & Co: 2004 - Partner: 2005
  • Partner at Russell Jones & Walker: 2000
  • Qualified at Russell Jones & Walker: 1995
  • Trained at Russell Jones & Walker: 1993


  • AvMA Clinical Negligence Specialist Panel Member
  • APIL
  • SCIL

When we spoke the other day I don't think i thanked you enough for the way that you have dealt with my case. I will forever be indebted for being pointed in your direction. To put it simply you could not have done a better job. It's not just that we finished up with as good a settlement as we could have expected, but i received a level of sympathy and understanding that went way beyond the normal call of duty, and all with a twinkle and good humour. Lucky me.

Client testimonial


I must take this chance to thank you for your excellent service, and also to your team.



You are the first solicitor who has treated me with an open heart, feelings and understanding. You were the only one talking to me like a human, mother to mother, with care, respect and commitment. I really appreciate that and thank you very much for the precious time you gave to my case and to me, I can't describe how important that was for me. Thank you for every single nice word about me and my son, advice and support about my case and for your commitment. I will remember you for sure, you gave me good energy and peace. Thank you for everything.

Mrs W


Ruth Powell is highly experienced in this work and has a long and distinguished track record.

The Legal 500


She understands the needs of her clients and fights hard to get a good deal for them. She is tactically astute and a good negotiator and makes sure to understand the medical matters.

Chambers & Partners


She is a consummate professional who always puts her clients first.

Chambers & Partners


She explains all aspects of the case to us in detail and responds clearly and promptly to our questions.

Chambers & Partners