Profile

Hannah has a strong and varied criminal practice.

Her significant family law background has added to her interest in and ability to sensitively deal with both young and vulnerable witnesses and defendants.

Education

2012: BPP: BPTC (Very Competent)

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 2006 graduation year.

Memberships

Inner Temple, Criminal Bar Association, South Eastern Circuit and the Sussex Bar Mess

Further Professional Information

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

Practice Areas

Cases

Serious Violence

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

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

R v H [October 2018]: s.18, involving bladed article. Under 18, dangerousness, extended sentence applied.

R v C [April 2019]: Defending female domestic s.18 GBH (stabbing).. Lewes Crown Court sitting in Brighton.

R v O [July 2019]: Led junior in single defendant Murder (stabbing). Central Criminal Court.

R v C [December 2019]: Appeal Against Conviction s.18 conviction quashed on basis of legal argument against judicial directions following trial. Court of Appeal Criminal Division.

R v O’S [February 2021]: s.18. Guildford Crown Court.

R v S [March 2021]: Multi-handed s.18 with vulnerable complainant. Winchester Crown Court.

Serious Sexual Offences

R v T [March and July 2016]: Hung jury and full 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 I [November 2017] : Acquittal on 2 Count Sexual Assault indictment. Wood Green Crown Court.

R v S [May 2019]: 28 Count Rape, Assault by Penetration, Sexual Assaults and Indecent Images. Under 16 and under 13. Mixed: hung and majority verdicts. Lewes Crown Court.

R v S [June 2019]: 18 Count Rape, Sexual Activity with, and Assault by Penetration of children aged 12-14. Indecent Images and Extreme Pornography. Hung jury on substantive offences. Lewes Crown Court

R v D [August 2019]: 19 Count Indecent Images, Sexual Communication with a Child and Voyeurism. Within a school, position of trust, including sexual fetish. Guildford Crown Court.

R v R [September 2019]: 8 Count Grooming, Engaging in Sexual Communication with a Child and Distribution of Indecent Images. Snaresbrook Crown Court.

R v L [November 2020]: Rape. Guildford Crown Court.

R v M [January 2021]: Sexual Activity with a Child. Teacher/Student. Salisbury Crown Court.

R v D [April 2021]: Sexual Assault on a Child under 13. Lewes Crown Court.

R V H [May 2021]: Historical Rape of Child. Wood Green Crown Court.

R v D [Ongoing]: Sexual Activity with a Child, leading to pregnancy. Guildford Crown Court.

Other

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

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

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

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

R v G [October 2018]: Supply Class A Drugs where death caused, in part, by supplied drugs the same evening at D’s address. Hove Crown Court.

R v C [November 2020]: Fraud. Defendant dishonestly spent £78,000 of his elderly mother’s money on drugs and escorts whilst acting as her power of attorney. Winchester Crown Court.

R v KC [April 2021]: Acquittal of vulnerable defendant in Threats to Kill charge against his elderly mother. Brighton Crown Court.

R v M [March 2021]: Multi-handed Conspiracy to Supply class A Drugs involving several Organised Crime Groups and overlapping a number of police investigations. Liverpool Crown Court.

R v T [April-May 2021]: Perverting the Course of Justice. Led junior in 6-week trial with vulnerable defendant where the offence linked to a double murder by arson. Brighton Crown Court.