I was admitted as a solicitor in 2011 and joined the criminal team on that date. I achieved duty solicitor status in November 2012. I now specialise in youth justice and am an active member of the specialist Youth Team within the Criminal Department at Hodge Jones & Allen.
I began my legal career in 2005 when I worked for a legal charity in Texas, providing representation to people facing the death penalty. When I returned to the UK I worked as a paralegal at both Bulivant and Partners and Lawrence & Co Solicitors in London. At Lawrence & Co I worked exclusively with young clients in the youth department of the criminal team.
Whilst at Lawrence & Co I helped to set up ‘Just For Kids Law’ a charity that represents young people who find themselves in difficulty in both a legal and extra-legal capacity. As part of my work with Just For Kids Law I spent a year as an Education Law Co-ordinator and advocate. I therefore have experience in areas such as the exclusion system, special educational needs tribunals and admissions appeals; issues which confront a significant number of her young criminal clients today.
I then completed my training contract at Hodge Jones & Allen, working in the crime, civil liberties, and personal injury departments.
Aside from youth work I also have a particular interest in dangerous dogs cases.
- College of Law – Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course- graduating in 2009 with an LLB
- University of Nottingham – History BA (1st Class Hons)- Graduating in 2004
- Qualified Solicitor- Hodge Jones & Allen: 2011- to date
- Trainee Solicitor- Hodge Jones & Allen: 2009- 2011
- Education Law Advocate- Just For Kids Law: 2008-2009
- Paralegal- Lawrence & Co: 2006 – 2008
- Paralegal- Bulivant & Partners: 2005- 2006
- Intern Paralegal- Reprieve/ The Gulf Region Advocacy Center, Texas: 2005
- “I can not thank Ruth Hamann enough in what she did for me, no matter how many times I called or emailed her, she was always polite and tried to reassure me.”
- “Ruth went beyond her job title for me.”
- “She is a miracle worker.”
- “Ruth was top class. No nonsense approach to dealing with the allegation. Great advice with a sympathetic ear. Ruth is a real credit to your firm.”
- I have represented various young clients with learning difficulties and other mental health issues before the Courts. Including individuals whose conditions were undiagnosed prior to their involvement with the criminal justice system. Ensuring that these client’s have the extra legal support they require in Court and at the police station including intermediaries and other adaptations in the Court process.
- In 2013 I acted for a 16 year old suffering from Autism who was charged with a s.18 GBH. At the conclusion of the case I was able to secure a non-custodial rehabilitative sentence for this young person despite the fact that his co-defendant, who was charged with a lesser offence, received a custodial sentence.
- I acted for a 14-year-old suffering from borderline learning difficulties in respect of an aggravated burglary charge in dangerous circumstances. I successfully argued that the Youth Court ought to retain jurisdiction and that special measures ought to be employed in order to assist this young male to effectively participate in his trial.
- I am regularly successful in assisting my client’s to have their matters discontinued prior to trial through my written representations. In early 2013 one of my letters of representations resulted in the Prosecution discontinuing a public order trial involving 3 young defendants which would have lasted some days. The Defendants have now gone on to pursue actions against the police with the assistance of the Civil Liberties team at Hodge Jones & Allen.
- I have also acted for Defendant dog owners in various cases involving charges under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 assisting them to regain possession of their pets under contingent destruction orders and other provisions.
- My dangerous dogs work includes a recent case involving an allegation under section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, in which a dog has bitten a police officer. Unusually, I am now trying to argue the issue of ‘bail’ for the dog in this case.
Membership & Appointments
- The Howard League for Penal Reform
- Young legal aid lawyers
- Trustee of the Zahid Mubarek Trust (a prison reform and monitoring charity)
In my spare time I am a keen camper and volunteer for the outdoor educational charity Forest School Camps.