Hannah has a busy practice in all areas of family law, specialising in children law and financial remedies. She has particular expertise in international relocation cases and intractable contact disputes including where a 16.4 Guardian has been appointed. She regularly represents parents where there are allegations of serious domestic abuse, international abduction or forced marriage.
Hannah undertakes a wide variety of financial remedies work including where there are issues of jurisdiction and pension provision. She has also acted in financial remedy appeals and enforcement proceedings.
Hannah regularly handles complex care proceedings including where there is an international element or allegations of serious harm and abuse.
In 2018, Hannah was a shortlisted for Family Law Young Barrister of the Year.
She recently appeared in the Court of Appeal in the reported cases of Re P-S (Children)  EWCA Civ 140 and Re G (Children: Intractable Dispute)  EWCA Civ 548.
Hannah has been described by solicitors as “warm, approachable and thorough”, having “excellent communication skills” and adopting a “reassuring confident manner with clients”. She has significant experience in working with clients with learning disabilities or mental health issues.
Her recent notable cases include:
– Successfully responding to an appeal on behalf of a 16.4 Guardian in a long-running intractable contact dispute (Re G (Children: Intractable Dispute)  EWCA Civ 548);
– Successfully supporting an appeal on behalf of grandparents in a case which provided key guidance on the making of Special Guardianship Orders (Re P-S (Children)  EWCA Civ 140).
– Successfully responding to an appeal to overturn a financial order;
– Successfully appealing a child arrangements order where findings of domestic abuse had been made.
Hannah has also worked in the area of historic institutional child abuse having formed part of a high profile legal team for a survivors group, providing representation around the formation of a redress scheme.
Hannah is committed to promoting access to justice for all. She regularly undertakes pro bono work through Advocate (formerly the ‘bar pro unit’) and as Chair of the Society of Labour Lawyers Family Group, Hannah has given evidence to the Bach Commission on access to justice, specifically about the impact of legal aid cuts on the family courts. She has provided commentary on the draft domestic abuse bill and proposals for policy reform.
She is the safeguarding governor of a local primary school. In her spare time, she plays in an amateur orchestra.
Adult and Social Care (Court of Protection)
University of Oxford, St Hilda’s College: BA (Hons) Music
City Law School: Post-Graduate Diploma in Law
City Law School: Bar Practice Training Course
Family Law Bar Association
Bar Pro Bono Unit Panel Member
Society of Labour Lawyers
Association of Lawyers for Children
Astbury Scholarship, Middle Temple, 2012
Harmsworth Exhibition, Middle Temple, 2011
St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, Music Scholarship, 2010
Shortlisted, Family Law Young Barrister of the Year 2018
‘The Domestic Abuse Bill: a long-awaited overhaul or flawed legislation with an implementation problem?’
Published February 7 2019 in Family Law Week here.
‘Section 20: Abused, or just not used?’
Published August 17 2015 in Family Law Online here.
‘Exceptional circumstances legal aid: the ‘fig leaf’ of a ‘system which is neither compassionate nor even humane’
Published May 6 2015 in Family Law Online here
‘Deprivation of liberty in the home: the end of the ‘fairytale’?’
Published in Family Law Online,  Fam Law 437.
‘Powers of restraint: the path of least intervention?’
Recent Court of Protection case law on ‘the least restrictive option’.
Published March 31 2015 in Family Law Online here.
‘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 2014 issue of PS Magazine.
‘L-W Children  EWCA Civ 159’
February 20, 2019 in Family Law Week here.
‘C (a Child), Re  EWHC 3332 (Fam)’
December 12, 2018 in Family Law Week here.
‘D (a Child) (Temporary Relocation)  EWHC 1571 (Fam)’
July 25, 2018 in Family Law Week here.
‘PW v Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & Others  EWCA Civ 1607’
May 22, 2018 in Family Law Week here.
‘Evans & Anor v Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust & Anor  EWCA Civ 984’
May 5, 2018 in Family Law Week here.
‘L (a Child)  EWCA Civ 238’
February 27, 2018 in Family Law Week here.
‘Mansour v Slovakia – 60399-15  ECHR 102’
December 6, 2017 in Family Law Week here.
‘Gard and Others v United Kingdom’
Jul7 5, 2017 in Family Law Week here.
‘An NHS Trust v SK (Best Interests Decision – Palliative Care)  EWHC 2680 (Fam)’
April 26, 2017 in Family Law Week here.
Re P-S (Children)  EWCA Civ 140
Re G (Children: Intractable Dispute)  EWCA Civ 548.