Ruth Slater


T: +61 (0) 8 9265 6014
F: +61 (0) 8 9265 6099
M: 0409 291 916


Ruth has practiced almost exclusively in defendant based insurance litigation since 1992. She joined HBA Legal in January 2015 from a career covering practice at Clayton Utz, Downings Legal (aka Barker Gosling) and Crisp Civitella Slater (now CCS Insurance Law), acting for numerous insurers and self insureds. She also has six years concurrent experience in the Comcare system providing legal advice on workers’ compensation claims to large companies.

Ruth has extensive experience in pre-trial and conciliation conferences and instructing in trials appeals and hearings in the AAT, District Court, Supreme and High Courts.

Areas of expertise

Ruth is an expert in public liability and workers’ compensation. As a senior lawyer and partner, Ruth is responsible for ensuring the quality of all work prepared on her matters, ensuring best outcomes across advice on evidence, and assessment of compensation and damages for different losses (utilising differing thresholds, exclusions and methods of assessment).

Why clients like her

Ruth highly values client relationships and the importance of understanding a client’s business and its priorities to ensure a solution that works into the future. Focusing on the bigger picture, she considers systemic issues and processes to improve the way the business operates, an approach that has seen her maintain clients over two decades.