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Gemma Ralph

Year of Call: 2016
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Telephone: 0330 332 2633

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Gemma Ralph is a civil practitioner. She specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence matters and has a particular interest in international and commercial law. She has a busy court practice, regularly appearing in trials and has appeared in a wide range of interim applications and CMCs.

Before coming to the Bar, Gemma spent ten years in Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service where she served overseas and, more recently, as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Legal Researcher. Gemma also spent two years working as the Business Manager to the CEO of Coutts Bank. Given her experience, she is especially interested in international litigation and commercial disputes and is very happy to travel in the UK or abroad on instruction.

Gemma speaks Spanish and is learning French.


  • Personal Injury
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    Gemma Ralph has a busy personal injury practice. She advises and represents Claimants and Defendants in small claims, fast-track trials and multi-track matters and has experience of:

    • Employers’ liability
    • Occupiers’ liability
    • Public liability
    • RTA litigation
    • Defective products
    • Athens Convention (cruise ship) claims
    • Sexual offences
    • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority claims

    Gemma has a particular interest in international personal injury claims and has been instructed on accidents abroad. She has recently advised the Secretary of State for Justice on an historical sexual abuse claim with an international dimension.

    • Fraudulent insurance claims
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      Gemma Ralph represents Claimants and Defendants at trials involving allegations of fraud and fundamental dishonesty. She is thorough and robust in cross examination.

  • Clinical Negligence
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    Gemma Ralph has begun to receive instructions to advise in clinical negligence claims. To date, she has experience acting for Claimants and NHS Trusts and is keen to develop her practise in this field.

  • Public and Regulatory
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    Gemma Ralph is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Panel. She has twice been DV vetted and is keen to undertake all types of government legal work, and is particularly interested in work with an international element. Gemma has worked with most government departments including GLD and maintains a strong network of contacts.

  • Commercial
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    Gemma Ralph has acted in a number of junior commercial matters in the County Court, including claims for breach of contract, rental arrears and possession of property.

Academic qualifications

  • MA (Oxon) Jurisprudence
  • BPTC The University of Law


  • Astbury Scholar, Major Award, Middle Temple

Professional bodies

  • Personal Injury Bar Association