Ruth Crawford has a wide-ranging public law practice, and a wealth of experience in planning and environmental law (including major infra-structure and energy projects), commercial disputes, extradition, discrimination/equality, freedom of information, licensing, procurement, professional negligence and professional disciplinary/regulatory procedures, and social welfare law. Ruth has appeared in Courts and Tribunals at all levels in Scotland. She has particular experience of complex and lengthy litigation and inquiries, and is skilled in the strategic direction of those. In addition to appearance work, Ruth is frequently consulted to provide oral and written advice. She is instructed by the UK and Scottish Governments, local government and other public bodies (such as the Scottish Legal Aid Board, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the Scottish Police Federation, COSLA and the Financial Conduct Authority), as well as by corporations and firms. Ruth has an expertise in public procurement matters (and related areas of state aid and competition law), having been instructed on many occasions by both contracting authorities and tenderers seeking advice about procurement exercises, covering various sectors.
Ruth is ranked in Chambers UK in the areas of administrative and public law; planning and environment and public procurement law. Ruth is ranked as a leading silk in Legal 500 in the areas of civil liberties, human rights, public inquiries, and public and administrative law; and planning environment and licensing.
- Kenman Holdings v Comhairle nan Eilean Siar  CSOH 170
- Glen Clyde Whisky Ltd v Campbell Meyer  CSOH 97
- British Telecommunications plc v Common Services Agency  CSOH 44
- McGeoch v The Lord President of the Council  CSIH 67,  UKSC 63
- Uprichard v Scottish Ministers  UKSC 21,  CSIH 59
- Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar v Scottish Ministers  CSOH 94,  CSIH 6,  CSIH 45
- Axa General Insurance and others v Lord Advocate and Advocate General  UKSC 46