Ruby Selva

Year of call: 1999

Ruby is 20 years call with a wealth of experience in sensitive cases and has built a fierce reputation defending historic multi-complainant rape and serious sexual abuse cases. She delivers the highest standard of professional service and is highly regarded by her professional colleagues and the Judiciary.


Ruby is known for her feisty but firm approach in Court and has a detailed forensic eye she uses to comb though unused material, cross reference with Statements and Exhibits 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 argument, her well executed cross examination, persuasive and moving closing speeches.

Ruby’s general practise encompasses serious, complex and high-profile cases. These include appearing in attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, fraud, armed robbery and kidnap trials. Other cases include multi handed defendant cases involving violence, drugs, fraud and firearms. She has conducted trials of attempted murder and rape at the Central Criminal Court as sole junior counsel and is known for her sensitivity and ability to handle vulnerable and young witnesses and Clients.

Ruby is a charming yet fearless advocate who loves her job.

Notable Cases

R v R – Defending. At Court Marital, Colchester. Sexual offence. Succeeding in an application of no case to answer at the conclusion of the Prosecution case.

R v E – Defending. Verdict: Not Guilty. Historic sexual offences, inter family.

R v M – Defending. Judge directed acquittal. Vulnerable Client and complainant. Client prosecuted under the Mental Defective Act.

R v B – Defending. Verdict. Not Guilty. Historic rapes, Father and daughter.

R v S and B – Prosecuting. Verdict. Guilty. Historic sexual abuse. Father and girlfriend.

R v C-T – Prosecuting. Verdict. Guilty. Multiple child complainants

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

R v L – Former Olympian sexually 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.


“She can make unattractive defence suggestions credible and palatable for the jury.” (Legal 500, Leading Junior Tier 2 – 2020)


An extremely effective advocate whose style and presence in court is faultless.” (Legal 500, Leading Junior Tier 3 – 2019)



BA (Hons.) Law

Professional Associations

Criminal Bar Association (England and Wales)

Lincoln’s Inn

Member South Eastern Circuit

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