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Ruby Keeler-Williams

Chartered Legal Executive (FCILEx)

Ruby joined Elysium Law in 2017 following her performance in the Citizenship Foundation Mooting Finals held at the Old Bailey Central Criminal Court in London. Having combined working on complex, high-value litigation with her studies, Ruby is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (FCILEx) specialising in Civil Litigation.

As a professional who has quickly built a successful career path, Ruby’s extensive and thorough knowledge of the law and procedure is invaluable in identifying the key issues of any new instructions we receive. Ruby’s strategic outlook is vital when planning litigation strategy and risk management controls.

Ruby’s experience includes:

  • assisting with multiple claims for professional negligence and breach of contract against conveyancing solicitors relating to off-plan fractional residential development schemes, resulting in many multi-million pound recoveries for client groups;
  • assisting with a significant, complex and protracted Part 8 claim for determination of the distribution of monies pursuant to a trust totalling over £5,000,000;
  • Defending claims made against contractors who participated in loan remuneration schemes involving off-shore EBTs and whose loans were subsequently assigned;
  • Conducting large group litigation for breach of personal data relating to the unauthorised disclosure of sensitive personal and financial information by an employer;
  • assisting with a claim against a local authority for historic breach of non-delegable duty of care;
  • assisting accountants in relation to a failure to advise upon failed tax avoidance schemes;
  • assisting with claims for disability discrimination relating to autism spectrum disorder;
  • advising a client relating to the right to be forgotten and article 17 of GDPR;

Holding a particular interest in computers and litigation technology, Ruby has also worked with our third-party software developers to help to improve their case management and digital bundling systems. 

Direct Email: rkw@elysium-law.com

Defending claims made against Loan Charge Contractors

Elysium Law were instructed to defend claims made against loan charge contractors.

We represented individuals often working for an umbrella company or for their own personal service company. These individuals had been marketed a tax avoidance scheme which in short involved the payment of minimum wage and the remainder of earnings due were paid by way of a ‘loan’, which they were informed would never need to be repaid. In some cases they were told the scheme was a condition of joining the umbrella company.

Unusually, the purported ‘loans’ had been assigned out of the Trust and have either directly or via other companies ended up being assigned to a company who made demands for payment.

Elysium reviewed over 107,000 pages of documents disclosed in this matter and it was clear from the review of these documents, together with evidence from Our Clients, that the loans were ‘circular’ and were never intended to be repaid. This was clearly a tax avoidance arrangement, and the loans were, in our view, unenforceable.

Elysium Law facilitated a mediation in order to narrow the issues in dispute. Following that Mediation, Elysium Law subsequently served upon the company a comprehensive letter of response that rebutted the claims on the grounds of collateral contract, misrepresentation and breach of trust.

For more information please read our article on this topic.

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Claims regarding Failed Off-Plan Developments

Elysium Law were instructed by large groups in multiple claims for professional negligence, breach of trust and breach of contract against conveyancing solicitors relating to off-plan fractional residential development schemes.

These claims, whilst involving different developments were similar in that a Developer marketed and sold units in an off-plan project, predominantly to overseas buyers. These buyers intended to let the units upon completion. The developments use a fractional sales model and buyers typically paid large deposits of 50%-80% of the total purchase price. These deposits were due to be used to fund completion of the project and were held on trust within a ‘buyer company’, usually with the Sellers solicitor as director, pursuant to a legal charge.

The money held within the buyer company was then spent on construction and more pertinently marketing and the buyers lost their deposits with little to no building work completed.

Elysium Law have obtained many multi-million pound recoveries for client groups.

For more information please read our article on this topic.

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Breach of Contract and Duty to Account

Elysium Law have successfully settled a claim on behalf of a company in relation to breach of contract and duty to account by a former employee.

This related to work done by the employee both prior and post leaving the company and thus the breach of express and implied terms of the contract, together with breach of post termination restrictions and a duty to account were pleaded.

This matter was successfully settled following negotiation between Elysium Law and the Defendant.

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Determination of the Distribution of Monies pursuant to a Trust

Elysium Law have successfully acted for Trustees in a significant, complex and protracted Part 8 claim for determination of the distribution of monies pursuant to a trust totalling over £5,000,000.

This claim was very complex as it involved a contested element and as such was a ‘hybrid’ Part 7 and Part 8 claim. This was extremely unusual and required, following an order, evidence submitted under Practice Direction 57AC as well as statements asking for the court’s guidance as to the distribution of the trust fund.

A further complexity to this litigation was that the majority of beneficiaries were overseas and as such the dynamics of this matter and the fiduciary duties of the Trustees needed to be carefully considered at every stage.

The disputed element of the claim settled after a 17 hour mediation involving Hong Kong based clients. Overall, the case was conducted over a 4 year period and the settlement agreements were, following complex submissions, approved by the High Court.

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Latest articles by Ruby Keeler-Williams

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Norwich Pharmacal Orders: Understanding the Procedure and Application

In this article, Ruby Keeler-Williams of Elysium Law discusses Norwich Pharmacal Orders, when they are suitable, and the application procedure As part of our role in assisting Clients with Litigation, it is important to have a clear understanding of the tools available to obtain evidence and information. One such tool is a Norwich Pharmacal Order […]

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Protecting Yourself After a Data Breach: A Guide

In this article, Ruby Keeler-Williams of Elysium Law aims to clarify what your first steps should be if you have been affected by a personal data breach. In recent years, data breaches have become increasingly common, and unfortunately, any individual is at risk of falling victim, however carefully they safeguard their data. If you have […]

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