Hannah became a tenant at 4 New Square following successful completion of her pupillage in 2018. She is developing a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers’ specialisms. Most recently, she acted as Junior Counsel in a long-running Cayman Islands trust dispute.

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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Hannah is regularly instructed in a broad range of commercial disputes, including:

  • Acting (as Junior Counsel) for trustees in long-running trust dispute in the Cayman Islands. The claim raised issues of foreign law, derivative claims under Cayman law, mistake, and equitable remedies for rescission.
  • Advising in 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.
  • Acting (as Junior Counsel) in claim
  • During pupillage, Hannah assisted on an appeal as to 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.
  • Advising 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 is regularly instructed in solicitors’ negligence as well as property surveyors, financial advisers, letting/managing agents, insurance brokers and other professionals. Cases include:

  • Advising PI insurers in solicitors’ negligence claim involving protracted prosecution of claim, miscalculated settlement range and truncated trial where the underlying claim was a residential construction dispute.
  • Advising PI insurers in solicitors’ negligent conveyancing claim 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.

Insurance

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Hannah is regularly instructed in a wide range of insurance work, including::

  • Sole counsel for Court Enforcement Agents in a series of claims concerning enforcement of High Court Writs of Control.
  • As a pupil, Hannah assisted in a 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.

Commercial chancery

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Hannah acted (as Junior Counsel) for trustees in a contested probate application addressing issues under s.50 of the Administration of Justice Act 1985 (Perry v Neupert [2018] 7 WLUK 445 (ChD)).

Public Law

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Hannah has acted in domestic and international human rights cases, including:

  • Junior Counsel in ECtHR 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.
  • During pupillage, Hannah advised on an 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.

Professional disciplinary

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

  • Assisted as a pupil in a 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.

Qualifications & Memberships

BA, Oxford (First Class); MSc, LSE; GDL, City; BPTC, City (Very Competent)

Publications