Ruwena is a Legal 500 Leading Junior in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence law and has recently been appointed Deputy District Judge (North Eastern Circuit, 2019). Her practice, in all areas of personal injury litigation, involves representation of both Claimants and Defendants in fast track and multi-track cases at all stages of proceedings.
Ruwena is a thorough and robust advocate with extensive experience in cases involving difficult and complex issues of fraud and causation, including clinical negligence and industrial disease trials requiring cross-examination of medico-legal and engineering experts on both surgical and technical issues. Alongside her court work she also has a busy paper practice and regularly prepares written advices on liability and quantum and drafts pleadings.
Ruwena is also a highly experienced and skilled credit hire practitioner. She has extensive knowledge and in-depth understanding of credit hire litigation. As a result, Ruwena is regularly instructed to advise law firms and also CHOs as to both procedural and legal strategy at all stages of proceedings, including pre-issue.
She is accustomed to dealing with a wide variety of contentious legal issues such as enforceability and misrepresentation. Ruwena frequently delivers seminars to all levels of credit hire practitioners, from paralegals to Partners. She provides updates as to both law and practice, giving insight into potential tactical advantages
Areas of Expertise
The adult Claimant, who had a pre-existing general poor level of neuropsychological functioning, was injured in a road traffic accident when he was knocked down by the Defendant’s motor vehicle whilst cycling. The case involved complex issues in respect of traumatic brain injury, exacerbation of pre-existing vulnerability, future long-term case management/support and legal capacity. Numerous medico-legal experts had been obtained by both parties in respect of the Claimant’s neuropsychological and psychiatric state.
Advised in multi-track matter in respect of a Claimant who suffered from PTSD and sustained multiple physical injuries, including a fracture to her mandible, when the vehicle in which she was travelling as a passenger veered down a 50 foot embankment and landed on its roof on train tracks. The case also involved issues in respect of rupture of PIP breast implants which resulted in the Claimant being left with silicon laden nymph nodes in her system.
Ruwena has vast experience in providing Seminars tailored to the needs and requirements of all levels of solicitors, legal executives and case workers. Recent Seminars include:
Ruwena’s activities include the following:
"Recognised as Leading Junior Counsel in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence."Legal 500 (2016)
'Experienced in both claimant and defendant work.'Legal 500 (2020)