Ruby Selva

Year of call: 1999

Ruby Selva joined chambers in March 2016, prior to joining chambers Ruby worked as an in house barrister, and prior to that Ruby was at the independent Bar.


Ruby’s practise encompasses serious, complex and high profile cases. Specialising in Prosecuting and Defending in serious sex, child cruelty and offences of violence and dishonesty. These include appearing in attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, rape, fraud, armed robbery and kidnap. Other cases include multi handed defendant cases involving sex, drugs, fraud and firearms. She has conducted trials of attempted murder and rape at the Central Criminal Court.

Conscientious and diligent in her case preparation she delivers the highest standard of professional service and is highly regarded by her professional colleagues and the Judiciary.

She is known for her sensitivity and ability to handle vulnerable witnesses and Defendants. She has a friendly and approachable manner.

A Grade 4 Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service she is also on their rape specialist list. In addition she has lectured for The Havens, teaching their Doctors and Nurses about the Sexual Offences Acts.

Ruby is a charming yet fearless advocate.


BA (Hons.) Law

Professional Associations

Criminal Bar Association (England and Wales)

Member South Eastern Circuit

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Notable Cases

R v C – Central Criminal Court, Illegal taxi driver, rape.

R v P – Historic allegation of sexual offences by female teacher.

R v W – Large scale fraud against elderly patients.

R v G – Multiple complainants of sexual offences by physiotherapist.

R v L – Former Olympian sexual abusing pupil.

R v S – Stranger rape. Defendant employed by Ministry of Justice.

R v S and P – Multiple Defendants operating a paedophile ring. Historic offences with multiple complainants.

R v J – Multiple complainants, daughters within the family, campaign of rapes by Defendant, father.

R v E – Central Criminal Court, Attempted murder, of prison officer and prisoner.

R v A – Taxi driver, stranger rapist.

R v B – Female Defendant posing as various male characters in order to enter into sexual relationships with friends.