Hannah has a broad commercial practice. During Pupillage, she gained substantial experience of complex commercial litigation in the High Court and in offshore jurisdictions. She acts a junior and regularly appears in her own right. 

Prior to joining Chambers, Hannah worked as a Strategy Consultant with Accenture, focusing on commodity trading and risk management in the mining, energy and soft commodity sectors. She has worked across Europe and in Singapore.

Hannah graduated from the University of Oxford with a First in History before completing a Master’s in Economic History at the London School of Economics. She went on to complete the GDL and BPTC at City University. She was called to the Bar in 2017 by Middle Temple as a Queen Mother’s Scholar, Jules Thorn Scholar and Exhibition holder. She was also winner of the 2016 Middle Temple Rosamund Smith Mooting Competition. She was called “a brilliant young barrister” by the Sunday Times in 2018.

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Areas of Expertise

Commercial

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During Pupillage, Hannah worked on a broad range of commercial disputes, including:

  • Complex international trust dispute (ongoing) involving issues of foreign law, offshore company and procedural law, probate matters and complex evidential questions.
  • Contractual dispute over a guarantor agreements for commercial loans intended for property development.
  • Dubai arbitration concerning property insurance claims on a cotton manufacturing plant following an extensive fire.
  • Appeal on whether ATE insurance is relevant for the purpose of assessing an application for security for costs: Premier Motorauctions v PwC & Lloyds [2017] EWCA Civ 1872.
  • Drafting advice in pensions fraud claim as to identity and choice of defendant and appropriate legal route to remedy.
  • LCIA Arbitration concerning construction of the arbitration clause and jurisdiction, commercial contracts and bribery/conspiracy.

 

Professional Negligence

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Hannah has dealt with claims involving solicitors, financial advisers and insurance brokers both in her own right and during pupillage. Cases include:

  • Solicitors negligence claim involving protracted prosecution of claim, miscalculated settlement range and truncated trial where the underlying claim was a residential construction dispute.
  • Solicitors negligence claim on behalf of professional indemnity insurers where the firm was in run-off. Claim concerned failure to properly register charge on a property.
  • Insurance brokers’ negligence claim for failure to procure adequate property and business interruption/gross profit cover where industrial unit damaged by fire.
  • Advising in claim against pensions adviser for negligent/fraudulent advice as to offshore pensions scheme.

Professional disciplinary

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Hannah has experience of solicitors’ and barristers’ disciplinary proceedings, including:

  • Two-week hearing before a five-panel Bar Disciplinary Tribunal in 2018 raising issues of conflicts of interest and the duties of barristers when not acting expressly in their capacity as barristers.
  • Hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in 2017 concerning unlawful CFAs and disclosure of documents.

Insurance

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Hannah has experience of insurance disputes in a range of matters, including:

  • Two-week trial in the Commercial Court concerning which of two policy years certain claims fell into: Euro Pools Plc v Royal and Sun Alliance insurance Plc [2018] EWHC 46 (Comm).
  • Advising insurer as to coverage in fixtures and chattels in dilapidation dispute.
  • Advising professional indemnity insurer as to extent of coverage where solicitors firm were in run-off.

Public Law

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During pupillage, Hannah worked on domestic and international human rights cases, including:

  • Application by worldwide internet-based encyclopedia to the European Court of Human Rights to lift a ban imposed on its publication in Turkey following the 2016 State of Emergency.
  • Application under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to retrieve documents from the Police concerning the murder of an Irish lawyer in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

Qualifications & Memberships

BA, Oxford (First Class); MSc, LSE; GDL, City; BPTC, City (Very Competent); Financial Services Lawyers Association

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