• Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Laws

Ruth joined Galbally Rolfe in 2007 as a paralegal, whilst completing her Law Degree at Monash University. She completed her Law Degree in 2008 and was admitted to practice as an Australian Legal Practitioner in February 2010. She is now a Senior Associate in the firm.

Ruth appears and instructs in a diverse range of cases across all jurisdictions in Victoria and New South Wales, including voluminous criminal syndicate matters, complex drug matters (including federal drug importation matters), violent crime, homicide and fraud matters. Ruth has particular experience in violent crime and indictable matters, and regularly represents individuals in Victoria and New South Wales charged with murder and associated offences. Between 2012 and 2014, she represented Phillip Bracken, who was charged with the murder of his de facto. He was the first person in Victoria to be acquitted at trial on the basis of the new family violence self-defence provisions.

Between 2012 and 2016, Ruth represented Moustapha Dib, who was convicted of murder but then unanimously acquitted by the Court of Criminal Appeal. Ruth walked Mr. Dib free from Goulburn Prison in New South Wales.

That same year, she represented Mohammed Hamzy, also charged with murder, who was acquitted of the murder and convicted of the alternative, manslaughter, on the basis of excessive self-defence after a Trial. Ruth regularly appears in the Magistrates Court of Victoria and frequently appears and  instructs Counsel in serious indictable matters in Victoria and New South Wales.

In particular, she has traveled between Melbourne and Sydney frequently since 2009, instructing and appearing in matters in every jurisdiction. She manages the New South Wales aspect of the practice and has cultivated an impressive network of barristers, experts and other practitioners in Sydney and around the state.

She is also passionate about prisoner welfare, human rights and the individual’s right to a fair trial. It is a principle of her practice that clients have regular access to their legal representative and remain completely informed about the progress of their matter.

Ruth is currently a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Young Criminal Lawyers Association of Victoria.

On 20 June 2018, it was announced that Ruth would become a Partner of the practice as of 1 July 2018. She is the first female partner in Galbally Rolfe’s history.

Articles in which Ruth features:

“Do sex offenders deserve character references?’, By Jane Gilmore, The Daily Life, Fairfax Media, 17 April 2015

‘Brakes on Police Chases’, by David Hurley, The Herald Sun, 14 July 2015

‘Death threats, kidnapping and murder: The cost of being a criminal lawyer‘ by Ava Benny-Morrison, Daily Telegraph NSW, 27 January 2018

Preparing for Prison‘- 4 June 2018 – Interview with ABC Darwin’s Afternoons Host Liz Trevaskis

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