As well as being a partner and head of our highly successful commercial property team, Ruth is recognised by Chambers UK as a leading property lawyer in the region as well as having a top ranking in Legal 500. With her City expertise and contacts, Ruth advises on everything from sales and acquisitions to secured lending and portfolio management and regularly handles complex, multi-million pound transactions.

With clients ranging from owner-managed businesses to large corporates, banks, entrepreneurs and private individuals, she is recommended for her immense knowledge, her quick brain and her ability to remain unflappable when negotiating.


Ruth is very experienced at dealing with a range of transactions from complex and high value multi-million pound disposals and purchases to high value residential matters. She handles sales and acquisitions, investment and owner occupied commercial property, portfolio management and property aspects of company sales and purchases.

She acts for a wide range of clients including large corporates, (e.g. AXA UK plc), charities, care homes, doctors, dentists, banks and private individuals.

After graduating from Cambridge University, Ruth qualified as a solicitor in 1997 into the City office of Thomas Eggar LLP. She was made a partner in 2002 eventually becoming head of the firm’s property department. In 2008 Ruth gained an MBA in legal practice from Nottingham Trent University. She joined Debenhams Ottaway in 2011.

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What Clients Say
  • Nothing is too much trouble and Ruth Boulton always makes herself available 24/7. It makes the whole process enjoyable and the attention to detail is spot on.

    Legal 500 UK 2023
  • Ruth Boulton has an ownership of cases which is fairly unique. Neil Mercer and Rosie Penny are both highly capable and amongst a very small handful of solicitors that we recommend to clients.

    Legal 500 UK 2023
  • Ruth Boulton is the best property lawyer that I have worked with.

    Legal 500 UK 2022
  • Ruth is a preeminent commercial property lawyer who handles a full spectrum of matters within the space. Her work includes sales and acquisitions, portfolio management, and landlord and tenant work. She is knowledgeable and communicative.

    Chambers UK 2022
  • Thank you so much for your excellent support through this process. It really is great to have a solicitor you really feel is properly on your side and helpful with intelligent suggestions. I will certainly be recommending Debenhams Ottaway to my friends still based in your area.

    Penny Hounsome
  • I can strongly confirm that Ruth has been outstanding and at times someone for me to let off steam. Ruth is an absolute GEM and if I ever hear people needing a firm of lawyers for anything I will immediately be passing your details over.

    David Wynn, Kings Cross Dental Clinic
  • Thank you so much for your all your support and for ‘being there’ for us.  It is very special nowadays to encounter such brilliant personal service, it really is greatly appreciated.

    Mr & Mrs Leslie
  • In my 30 years in banking I have not come across a Solicitor who has gone to the lengths that you did.

    Paul Wainwright
  • Ruth Boulton herself is amazing!

    Kindah Shair
  • She was very efficient and she explained so clearly on what I needed to do. I cannot fault her or Natalie, her assistant.

    Elvina Siddons
  • Excellent communication, quick responses, treated you with respect and importance. She made the process simple, took time to explain and kept us updated.

  • Good value for money; Work carried out to a high standard; Clear and friendly interaction with client.

  • Professional efficient great communication from everyone especially Ruth and Natalie.

  • She is extremely proficient.

    Chambers UK 2024
  • Ruth has always strived to give her clients the best level of support and advice.

    Chambers UK 2024