Ruby Selva

Year of Call: 1999

Ruby Selva is a criminal defence barrister of 23 years call with a wealth of experience in sensitive cases.


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Ruby has built a fierce reputation defending serious, complex and high-profile cases, including trials involving attempted murder, violence, drugs, sexual allegations, firearms and fraud.

Ruby is known for her feisty but firm and no-nonsense approach in Court and against her opposition. She has an incredibly detailed forensic eye. Combing through unused material, cross-referencing with Statements and Exhibits, and her own research to build the foundations for effective and concise cross-examination. She leaves no stone unturned.

Her strengths are in her preparation, her tenacity in Court in legal arguments, her well-executed cross-examination (to include expert witnesses called by the Crown), persuasive and moving closing speeches.

Ruby is ranked as a Leading Junior for Crime in the Legal 500 2023.

Criminal Defence

Ruby has built a fierce reputation defending in serious criminal cases. She is known for defending those particularly vulnerable in wider society and especially those now in the criminal justice system.

Ruby is known for her sensitive handling of those that she represents, ensuring that she puts forward their best defence in court proceedings. 

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Notable Cases

R v F
Judge granted a ‘stay of indictment’ after a 5-day legal argument on a niche area of law. 

R v R
At Court Marital. Succeeding in an application of no case to answer at the conclusion of the prosecution case for just a second time in the Judge’s career. 

R v M
Judge directed acquittal. Vulnerable client and complainant. Client prosecuted for offences under the Mental Defective Act.

R v X
Gang relating violence, the client was charged as the main aggressor and director of the violence with weapons. Judge directed acquittal at the conclusion of the Crown’s case. 

R v B and oths
County lines conspiracy. Guiding an application, NRM. When this failed, Ruby achieved a non-custodial sentence for her client.

R v C and oths
Conspiracy to rob £3 million worth of jewellery. Representing the first defendant.

R v P
Acquittal of sexual allegations, multi complainants.

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Notable Cases & News

Garden Court Chambers revises policy on Stratford Magistrates' Court

23 May 2024

Garden Court Chambers statement on security searches at Stratford Magistrates' Court

8 May 2024

Ruby Selva secures not guilty verdicts by way of Judge directed acquittals

Ruby Selva of the Garden Court Crime Team, instructed by Vik Lalli of Bhandal Law, secured not guilty verdicts by way of Judge directed acquittals in a EncroChat case.

26 January 2024

Garden Court Chambers and Garden Court North remember Ian Macdonald QC

Garden Court Chambers and Garden Court North were honoured to host a memorial event for Ian Macdonald QC 1939-2019 at Middle Temple Hall on Tuesday 7 February 2023.

17 February 2023

Garden Court secures top tier rankings in the Legal 500 2023

Garden Court Chambers is proud to be recognised as a Top Tier set again in the Legal 500.

30 September 2022

Members of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team support escalating proposed CBA action to include days of action

17 June 2022

Stephanie Harrison QC, Chair and Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers, comments on the Nationality and Borders Bill receiving Royal Assent

29 April 2022

Garden Court Crime Team statement on no returns action

30 March 2022

Garden Court secures number one rankings in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2022

21 October 2021

Garden Court Chambers Crime Team shortlisted for Crime Set of the Year by Chambers Bar Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team has been shortlisted by the Chambers Bar Awards 2021 for Crime Set of the Year.

27 August 2021

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  • University of Exeter

Professional Membership

  • Southeast Circuit Criminal Bar Association

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