David’s key areas of focus are family and matrimonial law, specialising in divorce and family disputes, and in particular the financial ramifications of relationship breakdowns.
David’s expertise extends to advising on private children work. His principal aim is to resolve difficult and often seemingly intractable disputes quickly and fairly, with the least possible damage to family relationships.
Prior to joining the firm in 1999, David worked at a number of other leading law firms.
"I seek to resolve difficult family disputes quickly and fairly and at the lowest possible cost, both in terms of legal expenses and the inevitable emotional damage that these disputes cause to the family as a whole."
Professional associations & memberships
The Justinian Society
What you may not know about David
David played in both the oldest school and university rugby fixtures in the world – Cheltenham College–v-Rugby School and St Andrews University–v-Edinburgh University.
My testimonials and accolades
“David Ruck has demonstrated himself to be at the top of his game time and time again. He is a highly skilled practitioner and has at all times been a pleasure to work both alongside and against”
“Recognised in Family Law from 2009 through to 2019.”
“Noted on the Honours List for his Family and Matrimonial work in 2015, 2016 and 2017.”
“Recognised as a London Super Lawyer, in 2013, 2014 and 2015.”
“Ranked in Chambers UK 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in Band 4 for Family/Matrimonial.”
“Recommended lawyer for Private Client – Family, in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.”
“One of the best-value solicitors in London.”
“Great to deal with.”
“Experienced and looks after his clients without taking silly points.”
“Is one step ahead of the game.”
“An exceptional lawyer.”
“He has a good judgement and a sensible approach.”
“Very sensible, very mature and experienced.”
“Highly experiences, working with him is a constructive and productive process.”
“Good value for a central London partner.”
“Highly competent practitioner.”
“Calm, extraordinarily reassuring and extremely experienced at resolving the most difficult disputes, and has a particular expertise in private children's work.”
My recent publications
News / Ince Gordon Dadds recognised in Citywealth Leaders List 2017
Once again three members of the firm have been listed on the prestigious Citywealth Leaders List 2017.
News / When should a client have a ‘pre-nup’
David Ruck's article was first published by Professional Adviser on 27 July 2017. David Ruck explains what pre-nuptial agreements actually are, their ultimate enforceability and whether financial advisers should advise their clients to enter into one.
News / Gordon Dadds lawyers listed in Best Lawyers® in the UK 2018
28-03-2017 / Gaming & Betting
We are delighted that Wendy Hopkins, David Ruck and Tony Coles have been included in the Best Lawyers® rankings for the United Kingdom 2018.
News / Ince Gordon Dadds Recognised in Citywealth Leaders List 2016
We are once again celebrating the inclusion of three members of the firm on the prestigious Citywealth Leaders List 2016.
News / Sex Money Greed and Formula 1 - The Case Not Making Cohabitation Law Easier
Jason Patricks claims on the property portfolio of his former lover and previous Formula 1 spouse Daphne McKinley is a challenge for the law says David Ruck
News / Ince Gordon Dadds' Super Lawyers
Once again, Ince Gordon Dadds Lawyers have been recognised as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters in their 2015 London Super Lawyers List
Blogs / L v L  EWHC 3328 (FAM)
This was a judgement in financial proceedings. There was consideration of the wife’s claims where she received 42% of the family assets on a clean break basis.
Blogs / De Bauge v China  EWHC 3975 (Fam)
This was a jurisdiction dispute between England and Italy, and the Court considered the following:
News / De Bauge v China 2014 EWHC 3975 (Fam)
This was a jurisdiction dispute between England and Italy, and the Court considered the following