17th Sep 2018 Read more
Hannah joined 2 Hare Court as a first six pupil in September 2017 and began the practising period of her pupillage in March 2018. Since that time she has developed a broad practice and now accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ practice areas.
Hannah has particular experience in criminal law. Prior to commencing pupillage, she worked as the sole paralegal in the criminal department at a top tier City solicitors’ firm specialising in white-collar crime.
Hannah is now instructed to prosecute and defend in a wide variety of criminal cases in the Youth, Magistrates and Crown Courts. In her prosecution practice, Hannah is a CPS level one prosecutor and conducts all manner of hearings on behalf of the Crown.
In her defence practice, Hannah has developed a wealth of experience. She has significant trial experience in the Magistrates Courts, and now receives instructions in Crown Court trials. For example, her current instructions include a trial for alleged Class A drug supply.
Hannah is particularly good with vulnerable clients due to her strong client care skills.
Hannah is frequently instructed in appellate work. She has successfully prosecuted and defended appeals in the Crown Court and is currently involved in an appeal to the High Court regarding the law on “reasonable excuse” for possession of an offensive weapon.
Hannah also has a keen interest in private prosecution work and is an active member of the private prosecution team in Chambers. Hannah has particular experience in conducting private prosecutions for trademark offences. Recent instructions include the successful prosecution of a market trader selling counterfeit goods, who asserted that his ignorance of the nature of the goods was a defence. The private prosecutor asserted that this was not a defence and the case was won following successful legal argument on that point. The private prosecutor was granted their prosecution costs from central funds, and a significant proportion of their investigation costs from the defendant.
Hannah also undertakes advisory work and has recently acted as independent counsel in Operations Conjure and Snip. In Operation Conjure Hannah’s role was to be present on the ground to ensure that no items potentially subject to legal professional privilege (‘LPP’) were seized. In Operation Snip Hannah was asked to review items marked as LPP and provide a detailed advice on their status.
Hannah also regularly undertakes professional discipline work and has particular experience in presenting cases on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. These cases have involved serious charges, including dishonesty allegations and allegations of physical force-feeding of patients.
Hannah is currently instructed by one of the Core Participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. The role is that of ‘second junior’ counsel and involves working as part of a team reviewing documents disclosed by the Inquiry and other Core Participants, analysing risk, and assisting in preparation for the Inquiry hearings. On a separate strand of the Inquiry Hannah works to review and disclose relevant items to the Inquiry on specified topics.