Hannah has a busy practice in all areas of family law and court of protection. She acts for parents, children and local authorities in complex care proceedings, including where there is an international element or allegations of serious harm and abuse. She also represents parties in private children disputes including international abduction and forced marriage cases. Hannah has particular expertise in leave to remove cases and intractable contact disputes.
Hannah undertakes a wide variety of financial remedies work including where there are issues of jurisdiction and pension provision.
She has experience 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 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.
In 2018 she was shortlisted for Family Law Young Barrister of the Year.
In her spare time, Hannah plays in an orchestra and is safeguarding governor of a local primary school.
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.
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
Astbury Scholarship, Middle Temple, 2012
Harmsworth Exhibition, Middle Temple, 2011
St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, Music Scholarship, 2010
‘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.