Hannah is a senior associate in the family team at Russell-Cooke. She advises clients from all backgrounds on divorce and financial matters, jurisdictional disputes, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, property disputes between cohabitees, and financial claims on behalf of children following the breakdown of relationships between unmarried couples.
Hannah is recognised as a 'Rising Star' in the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 UK and described in legal directories as 'calm and insightful' and 'hugely personable and bright, with seemingly inexhaustible drive and energy' as well as being 'committed to getting the best for her clients and (she) inspires great confidence in them'. Clients have consistently praised Hannah for her empathetic approach, strategic thinking, and clear, measured advice.
Hannah aims to work with her clients to help them to deal with the issues arising from relationship breakdown in a constructive and pragmatic way, to minimise the long-term impact upon the family and to enable all concerned to move forward positively. She is focussed on achieving an early settlement where possible, but is experienced in conducting matters through the court process.
She has written for various legal publications including the Family Law Journal, The Barrister and ePrivateClient magazine and has contributed to other publications such as Spears Magazine and Wealth Briefing as well as the LexisNexis webinar briefs series.
Hannah trained with Russell-Cooke and qualified as a solicitor in 2007, becoming a senior associate in 2013.
- Particular expertise in dealing with prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, including those with international elements and high net worth as well as those involving mid-level assets who may be seeking to protect assets that have been built up before marriage or provide for children from a previous relationship
- Regularly represents clients in variety of financial remedy applications with including those involving trusts, family businesses, third party intervenors, and vulnerable parties
- Growing international practice, including cross-border matters, jurisdictional disputes in divorce and financial remedy proceedings, and applications for financial relief following overseas divorce pursuant to Part III of the Matrimonial Proceedings Act 1984
- Experienced in dealing with private children law matters which often involve disputes regarding the arrangements for the children upon their parents' separation, applications by one parent to relocate a child elsewhere in the UK or abroad and financial provision for children of unmarried parents
- Active member of Resolution (an association of family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of disputes) and current Chair of the South West London Regional Resolution Group
- Member of the Family Law Agreements Group, working with other family lawyers to provide a client-focussed approach to drafting a negotiating pre and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and separation agreements
- Dual-qualified as a solicitor in both England and Wales and in Scotland
- Collaboratively trained since 2013 and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners
- Studied law at the University of Edinburgh
- Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School, London
- Trained as a solicitor at Russell-Cooke 2005 - 2007