Year of call: 2013
E: hglover@3vb.com

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Hannah specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration across the full spectrum of Chambers’ practice areas.

She is regularly instructed as a junior in high-value and complex matters, often with an international element. Hannah also has significant experience of smaller commercial disputes in which she acts as sole counsel. Current and recent instructions include:

  • The European Union and the European Investment Bank v The Syrian Arab Republic (Commercial Court): acting for the claimants in a claim for €158 million owed under a series of international loan agreements (with Adrian Beltrami QC). The recent decision in [2018] EWHC 181 (Comm) is a leading decision on the service of proceedings on a sovereign state.
  • The RBS Rights Issue Litigation (Chancery Division), including appearing (with Jonathan Nash QC) for the claimants in RBS Rights Issue Litigation [2016] EWHC 3161 (Ch), one of the most important recent decisions on the scope of legal advice privilege.
  • Bubbles & Wine Ltd v Lusha (Court of Appeal): acting as sole counsel for the successful respondent in the Court of Appeal on a point of apparent bias: [2018] EWCA Civ 468.
  • Bank & Clients Plc v King (Commercial Court): acting for the successful claimant in a multi-million pound claim on two commercial guarantees together with a post-judgment worldwide freezing order (with Tom Sprange QC): [2017] EWHC 3099 (Comm).
  • Arcadia v MasterCard and Arcadia v Visa (Commercial Court): representing a consortium of leading retailers claiming over £400 million for unlawful payment card charges (with a team led by Paul Lowenstein QC). Decisions include [2017] EWHC 93 (Comm).

Hannah also has experience of arbitration, under LCIA and UNCITRAL Rules, including disputes related to energy and natural resources.

Before coming to the Bar, Hannah studied law at the University of Oxford (BA, BCL and MPhil) and at Harvard Law School (LLM), where she was a Kennedy Scholar.


Hannah’s experience includes both high-value litigation and smaller commercial disputes in which she acts as sole counsel. Recent instructions include:

  • Bubbles & Wine Ltd v Lusha (Court of Appeal): acting as sole counsel for the successful respondent in the Court of Appeal on a point of apparent bias: [2018] EWCA Civ 468. Hannah also successfully acted in the first appeal on the same point.
  • Arcadia v MasterCard (Commercial Court): representing a consortium of leading retailers claiming over £400 million for unlawful payment card charges (with a team led by Paul Lowenstein QC): [2017] EWHC 93 (Comm). The case was listed as one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2016. Similar proceedings against Visa were settled following an eight week trial in the Commercial Court.
  • McGraw-Hill International v Deutsche Apotheker-und Artzebank AG (Commercial Court): acted for the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s in high profile proceedings regarding the scope of the agency’s duty when rating financial products (as part of a team led by Sonia Tolaney QC).
  • Principal Global Investors LLC v Dillard: acted for a leading global investment and asset management group in connection with potential proceedings arising from the acquisition of an investment firm against the sellers seeking relief for breach of warranty (led by Sonia Tolaney QC).
  • Acted for the UK subsidiary of a global consumer and household product company in a dispute arising from a share purchase agreement.
  • Manchester Airport Plc v Ten Group (Commercial Court): acted for the defendant company in a multi-million pound commercial guarantee dispute (with Jonathan Davies-Jones QC).
  • Woodward v Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Ltd (Chancery Division): acting for the defendant in a multi-million pound dispute involving the sale and distribution of pharmaceuticals (led by Andrew Onslow QC).
  • Briton Ferry Stevedoring v Sims (Commercial Court): acting for the claimant in a dispute concerning a metal processing plant (led by Nicholas Craig).
  • BPC Hotels Ltd v Wright Hassall LLP (Technology and Construction Court): represented the successful defendants in a dispute concerning a luxury hotel development project (led by Andrew Onslow QC): [2016] 1286 (TCC).
  • Bank of Cyprus v Sofroniou (Queen’s Bench Division): acting as sole counsel for the successful applicants staying the registration of a €1 million judgment of the Cypriot Court, pending appeal to the Supreme Court of Cyprus.

Hannah has also acted in a wide range of commercial disputes in the County Courts. She has extensive experience of both interlocutory applications and short trials. Recent instructions include:

  • Acting for a leading car retailer in sales of goods disputes (and in particular issues arising from online sales and auctions).
  • Acting for the author of the screenplay for the film ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ in a claim for introduction fees brought by a film finance arranger.
  • Acting for an independent building firm in a contractual dispute against a well-known national supplier of building materials.

Banking litigation is a core part of Hannah’s practice. Recent instructions in this area include:

  • The European Union and the European Investment Bank v The Syrian Arab Republic (Commercial Court): acting for the claimants in a claim for €158 million owed under a series of international loan agreements (with Adrian Beltrami QC). The recent decision in [2018] EWHC 181 (Comm) is a leading decision on the service of proceedings on a sovereign state.
  • Bank & Clients Plc v King (Commercial Court): acting for the successful claimant in a multi-million pound claim on two commercial guarantees together with a post-judgment worldwide freezing order (with Tom Sprange QC): [2017] EWHC 3099 (Comm).
  • The RBS Rights Issue Litigation (Chancery Division): acted for the Signature Litigation claimant group in proceedings under s90 FSMA arising from the 2008 RBS Rights Issue (as part of a counsel team led by Jonathan Nash QC), including appearing in [2017] 1 WLR 1991, one of the leading authorities on the scope of legal advice privilege. The proceedings were ultimately settled shortly before trial.
  • Arcadia v MasterCard (Commercial Court): representing a consortium of leading retailers claiming over £500 million for unlawful payment card charges (with a team led by Paul Lowenstein QC). Decisions include [2017] EWHC 93 (Comm). Listed as one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2016. Similar proceedings against Visa were settled following an eight week trial in the Commercial Court.

Hannah also regularly acts for retail banks as sole counsel in matters in the High Court and County Courts. She has particular experience of claims under guarantees and secured debt.

Kennedy Memorial Scholarship (for the LLM at Harvard Law School)

Barnett Bequest BCL Scholarship, University of Oxford

Final Honour Schools Prize (for First Class Honours), Merton College, Oxford

Fowler Prize for International Trade Law, Merton College, Oxford

F E Smith Memorial Prize, Merton College, Oxford

Princess Royal Scholarship, Inner Temple

Sir Joseph Priestly Scholarship, Inner Temple

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Chancery Bar Association