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 September 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 ranked by Chambers [UK 2019]. Previous editions recognised Ruth as a "a very savvy litigator who uses good tactics to obtain the best possible solution for our clients".

Ruth is listed as a 'Leading Individual' by Legal 500 [UK 2019]. Leading light Ruth Sunaway is 'a standout lawyer in construction - she manages to strike the right balance between attack and commercial sense'.

Ruth is a member of the Society of Construction Law.

Legal 500 Leading Individual 2019