Hannah is developing a busy practice in all areas of family law and court of protection. As of October 2015, she commenced her tenancy at Coram Chambers after successful completion of pupillage under the supervision of Sima Kothari, Tosin Oguntayo and Dermot Casey. Hannah offers practical and firm advice and has been praised for her manner with clients in highly emotional and vulnerable circumstances.
Hannah handles public care work, having represented local authorities, parents and guardians at emergency, interim, case management and final hearings. She frequently represents parties in private children disputes including cases relating to allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse; alleged risks of abduction, and leave to remove. Hannah also undertakes a wide variety of financial remedies work including where there are issues of jurisdiction, pension provision and matters under TOLATA.
Hannah’s recent cases include:
- Representing applicants and respondents in private law fact-finding hearings where there are allegations of domestic violence and physical abuse of the child.
- Representing local authorities in complex interim hearings, including where there are applications for: secure accommodation orders, interim care orders and part 25 psychiatric assessments.
- Representing applicants in successful leave to remove applications.
- A final financial remedies hearing where there were allegations of non-disclosure and issues of jurisdiction.
- Advising on an application to judicially review a local authority in care proceedings; advising on local authority disputes in Court of Protection matters.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Hannah worked as a paralegal at Greenhouse Stirton & Co. Solicitors, specialising in Court of Protection work. She gained valuable experience acting for vulnerable clients on issues including capacity, property and financial affairs, and financial abuse. During her studies she also volunteered for domestic violence and advice charities in addition to working for an MP assisting with casework and constituency surgeries.
Hannah studied at the University of Oxford where she was a Music Scholar. In 2012 she was awarded a substantial Astbury Scholarship from Middle Temple, enabling her to undertake the Bar Course. Hannah has written on access to justice, public children law policy, as well as recent case law developments in the Family Courts and Court of Protection for the Family Law Journal, Family Law Online and in the Law Society’s Private Client Magazine.
Bar Pro Bono Unit Panel Member
Society of Labour Lawyers
City Law School: Post-Graduate Diploma in Law
City Law School: Bar Practice Training Course
Harmsworth Exhibition, Middle Temple, 2011
St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, Music Scholarship, 2010
‘Show some restraint’
An analysis of principles behind the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA 2005) in relation to the recent headlines regarding forced sterilisation. Published in the July issue of PS Magazine.
‘Section 20: Abused, or just not used?’ Published August 17 2015 in Family Law Online.
‘Exceptional circumstances legal aid: the ‘fig leaf’ of a ‘system which is neither compassionate nor even humane’ Read more here
Deprivation of liberty in the home: the end of the ‘fairytale’?
Powers of restraint: the path of least intervention?
Recent Court of Protection case law on ‘the least restrictive option’.