Ruth M.D. Byrne


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Ruth Byrne

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Ruth Byrne is a partner and solicitor advocate based in the London Office of King & Spalding.  She is a member of the firm’s International Arbitration Group.

Ruth has advised clients on disputes arising in multiple jurisdictions (notably in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe) and from a wide range of different industry sectors  including energy, construction, manufacturing and retail, asset management and banking.  She has appeared as counsel in arbitrations under all of the leading institutional rules (ICC, LCIA, AAA/ICDR, SCC, Swiss Rules and ICSID) as well as ad-hoc arbitrations and sits regularly as arbitrator.  She also appears frequently in the English High Court, in particular in proceedings in support of arbitration, as well as more generally in international commercial litigation.  Ruth also advises on questions of public and private international law.  

Ruth is recommended in Chambers UK (2016) with respect to international arbitration.  Chambers notes that “Market sources appreciate her ‘very organised and structured’ approach”.

Prior to joining King & Spalding in 2011, Ruth was a member of the International Arbitration Group at Herbert Smith Freehills.  While there, she spent four months on secondment to the Secretariat of the LCIA.  She has also worked in the Enforcement Division of the Financial Services Authority investigating financial crime. 

In 2010, Ruth obtained an LLM in Public International Law at University College London.  She graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2001 with a BA in Modern Languages (MA later conferred in 2004).

Ruth is Co-Chair of the London Court of International Arbitration’s Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)  and writes and speaks regularly on a variety of  international arbitration topics. 

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LL.M. International Public Law, with distinction, University College London, UK
M.A., University of Cambridge, UK

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