Hannah Hurley


Year of Call: 2012

Practice Group(s): Crime, Family

Portrait of Hannah Hurley

MA (hons) - First Class - Modern History, St Andrews University - 2006
CPE - Distinction - Sussex University - 2010
BPTC - Very Competent - BPP - 2012

Practice Profile:
Hannah joined Chambers having successfully completed a 9 month pupillage with Lamb Building in November 2014.

Her practice includes all areas of criminal and family law, both publicly funded and private.

Hannah has achieved many unexpected and commended results during her time at Chambers. Her criminal practice encompasses a wide variety of work; including drugs, robbery, kidnap, arson, fraud, forced marriage, historical abuse (including children), rape and murder.

In the Family Court, Hannah accepts instructions in all areas, with a particular focus on private law proceedings. Hannah is experienced in advising and representing clients in the most difficult of personal circumstances, which she is known to do both sensitively and empathetically yet with a robust and professional tenacity.
Recognising that such proceedings are often the first dealings before a court
that her clients will experience, Hannah gives advice in the simplest terms wherever possible, with compassion and efficiency, to minimise any confusion or distress.

Whilst Hannah is particularly skilled in her empathetic and amenable approach to clients outside the courtroom, her advocacy and strength within it is robust, eloquent and often remarked upon.

Instructing Solicitors have noted both Hannah’s excellent record of success in trials for them as well as her professional and diligent conduct towards all aspects of cases and, perhaps most importantly, her ability to put even the most nervous or difficult client at ease.

Notable Cases:
R v C [February 2018]: Successful Application to Dismiss on 2 counts of Fraud. Blackfriars Crown Court.

R v I [November 2017] : Acquittal on 2 count Sexual Assault indictment. Wood Green Crown Court.

RSPCA v S [November 2017]: Successful RSPCA Animal Cruelty prosecution and Disqualification Order. Wellingborough Magistrates Court.

R v DD & Ors [July 2017] : Led junior on a 5-week, multi-handed, Murder. Central Criminal Court.

R v M [July 2017]: Acquittal on 2 counts of Burglary and 1 count TWOC. Peterborough Crown Court

R v K [May 2017]: Successful 6 count Fraud prosecution. Kingston Crown Court.

R v M [April 2017]: Acquittal on 2 counts s.20 GBH. Brighton Crown Court.

R v J [March 2017] : Acquittal on 2 counts of Possession with Intent to Supply Class A Drugs. Hove Crown Court.

R v LR [January 2017]: Perverting the Course of Justice. Central Criminal Court.

R v T [March and July 2016]: Hung jury and then acquittal at subsequent trial. Sexual Assault on a Child under 10. Lewes Crown Court.

R v C [July 2016]: Acquittal. Rape and Assault by Penetration. Lewes Crown Court.

R v S [June 2016] Successful Appeal Against Sentence on Offensive Weapon Sentence. The Court of Appeal.

Further Professional Information:

Education & Qualifications

2010: University of Sussex: Common Professional Examination – Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction).
• Ranked top student of the year 2010; Law Faculty Prize awarded.

2006: University of St Andrews: MA (Hons) in Modern History (First Class).
With modular studies in English Literature, Philosophy and Classics.
• Ranked in top one per cent of the year.

Scholarships & Prizes

• CPE/GDL Prize – DMH Stallard Prize for Best Overall Performance on the CPE 2009-2010
• Inner Temple Major Scholarship 2010
• Inner Temple Major Scholarship 2009