Hannah is a senior associate in the trust and estates disputes team, acting on a wide range of matters, divided almost equally between work for claimants and defendants. Her experience includes:
- will disputes
- trust disputes and trustee disputes
- Court of Protection matters, including statutory will applications, deputyship applications and disputes regarding the registration of Lasting and Enduring Powers of Attorney (LPA/EPA)
- cross-border disputes, including applications on behalf of minor children
- claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
Hannah is described in The Legal 500 (2017) as "a rising star".
Hannah joined Russell-Cooke in March 2011 and qualified in March 2013. She became a senior associate in 2018.
- Inheritance Act – successfully settled (at mediation) a claim by the purported co-habitant of the Deceased, who also claimed based on maintenance. The claim was complicated by the fact that the Claimant and the Deceased always kept separate homes
- Inheritance Act– acted for the widow claiming reasonable financial provision from a complicated estate comprising development land held on various trusts. Although mediation was unsuccessful, our client was very happy with the settlement reached over the months which followed – avoiding the need to issue proceedings
- Inheritance Act – acting for the surviving spouse in a claim for reasonable financial provision, which was actively defended by a step-child. The claimant had been married to the deceased for almost fifty years and, after a three day trial, was awarded sufficient funds to purchase a property to live in and a contribution to his maintenance needs
- Court of Protection – Health and Welfare – acting for the independent deputy of P, in an application as to where she would live. The deputy remained neutral in respect of the application, but was required to coordinate the advice required by the parties in respect of P. After a number of hearings, the parties ultimately reached agreement as to P’s living arrangements, which was approved by the Court
- Application for Minor Child – acting for the surviving spouse of a French national, whose children inherited their grandmother’s estate in France. The application was required to approve the distribution of the estate, whereby the Deceased’s property would pass to those grandchildren who wanted it, and greater cash sums to those who did not. For the English Court, the distribution had to be treated as a sale of the property. The Order was approved without a hearing, which limited the delay caused by the application
- Deputyship – acting for family members of P responding to an application for a deputy. The applicant was an advisor to P’s late husband and sought to be appointed her deputy. Our clients proposed, by way of a compromise, that an independent professional be appointed, which the Court agreed. Due to the applicant’s conduct, he did not recover the costs following our client’s proposal, which included the costs of a day’s hearing
- Statutory will - Acting for two residuary beneficiaries of a Will, where the attorneys under an LPA had applied to the Court of Protection for a statutory will, ratification of a lifetime gift and ratification of the payment of expenses from P's funds. The attorney sought to increase her share of the estate by approximately 1,500%, whilst halving our clients' interest in the estate and significantly reducing the interests of most other residuary beneficiaries. Our clients and a number of other beneficiaries objected to the application, on the basis that J did not have capacity to make significant lifetime gifts or express any testamentary wishes. After hearing oral arguments at a one day hearing, the Court of Protection ordered that no amendment should be made to J's existing Will and that J had not had capacity to make the purported lifetime gift
- Wills - a claim against the validity of the Will made by our client's illiterate father, which excluded our client. Members of our client’s step-family were the sole beneficiaries of the Will, which was surprising given the circumstances of their respective relationship with his father. Very limited information was available regarding the execution of the deceased's Will and the witnesses to the Will were unwilling to provide substantial information until called to give evidence at trial. Bennett v Petit  EWHC 988 (Ch)
- Property Trust - Acting in a claim regarding a property, in the context of ancillary relief proceedings. We acted for the child of one former spouse, who had been gifted a property on trust before the couple divorced. The child had since reached majority and paid off the mortgage, so the property had been registered in his name. His mother's ex-husband sought to have the property considered as a matrimonial asset in his claim for ancillary relief Fortunately for our client, the ex-husband was entirely unsuccessful in his application. Our client retained the property and, due to the conduct of the ex-husband, was awarded his costs on the indemnity basis
- Described in The Legal 500 (2017) as "a rising star" who is "very bright and offers clear and precise advice", "highly knowledgeable and diligent as well as very personable and approachable"
- Associate member of Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
- Committee member of ConTrA (Contentious Trusts Associates)
Hannah studied French and Arabic at University College London, part of her time being spent studying in Paris at the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. After graduating, she worked in Paris, before returning to London, where she studied at the College of Law, passing both the GDL and LPC with Distinction and receiving a First class LLB degree.