Hannah is recognised as one of the top ten commercial juniors under 8 years’ call by Legal 500, where she is described as ‘an up-and-coming star of the future, skilled far beyond her years of call.’
Hannah practices across the full spectrum of commercial disputes, with a particular interest in banking and finance and civil fraud. She is regularly instructed as a junior in high-value and complex litigation and arbitration, often with an international element. Since joining Chambers, she has appeared in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation and Arcadia v Mastercard, which were listed amongst The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2017 and 2016 respectively.
She also acts as sole counsel in a wide range of commercial and banking disputes, and regularly appears in the County Court and all divisions of the High Court. In 2018 she appeared successfully as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal, resisting an appeal on a point of apparent bias.
Before joining 3VB, Hannah studied law at the University of Oxford (BA, BCL and MPhil) and at Harvard Law School (LLM), where she was a Kennedy Scholar.
Banking litigation is a core part of Hannah’s practice. She acts both for and against major banks in relation to a wide range of matters.
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 by Syria under a series of international loan agreements (led by Adrian Beltrami QC):  EWHC 1712 (Comm). The prior decision in  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 (led by Tom Sprange QC):  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  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 (as part of a team led by Paul Lowenstein QC). Decisions include  EWHC 93 (Comm). 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.
Hannah’s experience includes both high-value litigation and smaller disputes in which she acts as sole counsel. Recent instructions include:
Vannin Capital PCC v RBOS Shareholders Action Group Ltd (Chancery Division): acting for the claimants in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation to resist a £14.75m claim brought by the well-known litigation funder (led by Ben Valentin QC). Summary judgment was successfully resisted in  EWHC 2821 (Ch). Trial is listed for 2019.
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). The decision in  EWHC 2152 (Ch) is an important authority on the retrospective validation of service of claim form under CPR 6.15(2).
Clements v West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (Queen’s Bench Division): acting as sole counsel for the defendant NHS trust. Successfully applied to strike out a substantial libel claim following service of the particulars of claim one day out of time.
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:  EWCA Civ 468. Hannah also successfully acted in the first appeal on the same point.
Wilsons LLP v HMRC (First Tier Tax Tribunal): successfully appealed the issue of a statutory notice by HMRC which required the appellant firm of solicitors to disclose to HMRC details of clients with interests in offshore structures (led by Andrew Sutcliffe QC).
Bank of Cyprus v Sofroniou (Queen’s Bench Division): acting as sole counsel for the defendants. Successfully applied to stay the registration of a €1 million judgment of the Cypriot Court pending appeal to the Supreme Court of Cyprus.
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):  EWHC 1286 (TCC).
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).
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):  EWHC 93 (Comm). 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).
Hannah has also acted in a number of confidential arbitral proceedings on LCIA and LMAA terms.
Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, Kennedy Memorial Trust (for the LLM at Harvard Law School)
Barnett Bequest BCL Scholarship, University of Oxford (for an outstanding student of the BCL)
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
Chancery Bar Association