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Ruth Hosking

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Practice Areas

Ruth’s practice encompasses the broad range of general commercial litigation and arbitration. Her particular areas of specialism include shipping, civil fraud, private international law and commodities. She undertakes drafting and advisory work in all areas of her practice and regularly appears in court and in arbitration, both as sole counsel and as a junior. Ruth also accepts appointments as an arbitrator (both as sole and as part of a panel).

Since joining chambers in 2003 Ruth has appeared in the House of Lords, Court of Appeal, High Court and has represented clients in a variety of international and trade arbitrations (including ICC, LCIA, LMAA, GAFTA and FOSFA). She has been involved in a number of high profile cases, including "The Achilleas", a leading case on the contractual principles of remoteness of damage and "The Atlantik Confidence", the first case in which an English Court has determined that a person was barred from relying on the limits provided by the Limitation Convention. She is a meticulous advocate, devoted to the needs of her client, combining rigorous analysis with a common sense commercial approach. In 2018 Ruth was shortlisted for the Legal 500 Shipping Junior of the Year. Please visit www.quadrantchambers.com for Ruth's detailed CV.


Called to the Bar in 2002. Prior to coming to the bar Ruth studied for an LLM in commercial and corporate law specialising in restitution, corporate insolvency, conflict of laws and marine insurance at UCL; and was a visiting law tutor at King's College London teaching tort (including economic torts) from 2001-02.

Professional Memberships

Member of COMBAR and Chair of COMBAR’s Equality and Diversity Committee), ICC YAF, London Shipping Law Centre, LCIA Young International Arbitration Group and Young Maritime Professionals Group.


Ruth published a chapter on reasonable contracts of carriage in international sale contracts in International Trade and Carriage of Goods (Informa, published August 2016) and is the author of a module on insurance brokers for Lexis Nexis.