Ruth Sunaway


One source described her as a “very determined and dedicated individual," and another knows her to be "experienced and knowledgeable".

Chambers [UK 2017]


Ruth joined Birketts in 2005 as a Trainee Solicitor and qualified in 2007. She is a Partner in our Construction Team.

Ruth carries out contentious construction work. She acts for a wide range of clients including employers, developers, main contractors, sub-contractors and professionals. Ruth has extensive experience in high value court claims at the Technology and Construction Court which include defect claims against contractors and/or professionals, delay claims and final account claims. She has also conducted numerous adjudications including enforcing those adjudication decisions through the Courts. She regularly represents clients at mediations whether those are held prior to or once the parties are in the court process. She also acts for clients in arbitrations.

Ruth also acts for clients on a day to day basis before the matter proceeds to court, arbitration or adjudication by providing advice on contractual matters.

Ruth is based at our Ipswich office.

Other Information

Ruth is recommended and ranked as ‘up and coming’ by Chambers [UK 2017].

In previous editions, she is observed as being "an excellent construction litigator," and one happy client described her as "highly motivated and tenacious." She "is noted for her impressive expertise in a range of matters." Sources state: "The consistent quality of her work wins praise from clients, who highlight her as a rising star at the firm".

Ruth is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2016]. She has been described as "approachable and proactive" and as “combining great intellect and practical solutions".

Ruth is a member of the Society of Construction Law.