Ruth Hayfield

Ruth Hayfield

Paralegal ‑ Family

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Why did you choose the law?

I believe family law chose me. Like many people, I have experienced various family issues that eventually forced me to reassess the direction my life was heading in. I decided to use these experiences to support others in similar situations without judgment or bias. I wanted to be the support I once needed. I also hoped to show my son that even in the most trying of times, nothing is impossible with hard work and dedication. 

Tell us a bit about how you got here…

I enrolled in an access to higher education diploma as a mature student with a view to continuing my studies at university to qualify as a family solicitor. I was then offered a scholarship at Aston University to study the LLB, based on my previous academic achievements and subsequently graduated with a 2.1. This then led me to studying for the legal practice course and a master’s in law concurrently. My final exams commenced during lockdown, where I worked full time from home, whilst also home schooling my son.  It hasn’t been an easy road by any means, but 7 years later, my persistence eventually led me to Band Hatton Button where I hope to forge a long, successful and happy career and (hopefully) finally qualify as a solicitor and be an expert in my field.

What does your day job look like?

I support the partners in the family department at all stages of the matters that we are helping people with, from initial contact and enquiries to final hearings. No day is the same and there is always something new to learn. My favourite part of the job is speaking with clients and understanding their needs and expectations.

What Do You Like to Do Outside of Work? 

I am a very proud mother and I like to spend as much of my free time as possible with my family and dog. I also enjoy cooking when I get the opportunity and I plan on creating a recipe book to pass on to my son one day. I have a keen interest in pottery and although I am no Keith Brymer-Jones, I am working on it! 

“I don’t know how you manage it, but somehow you have made what, in reality, is a stressful and unpleasant situation feel strangely pleasurable. Your reassurance, hard work and attitude has completely put us at ease and honestly, anybody who works with you is extremely lucky to be surrounded by such talent. You were clearly made for this job. I will never be able to thank you enough but seriously, thank you!”

“Ruth was absolutely brilliant, she was calming, she explained what I would need to do which I have now done and I would highly recommend her for not only the time she gave me in the first instance but her positive calming and professional approach she showed to me. Based on her approach  I would highly recommend her and your practice to any of my friends that need any legal advice.”