Hannah is an associate in our charity and social business team where she advises charities and not for profits on a wide range of commercial, intellectual property and governance matters.

Hannah is Scots law qualified and trained at a large Scottish law firm. Before joining Russell-Cooke, Hannah worked as a commercial lawyer and most recently as an in house lawyer at Save the Children International where she advised on governance, compliance and intellectual property matters. Having worked in house, Hannah understands the importance of providing practical, pragmatic advice which is easy to understand and to implement.

  • Governance: conducting governance reviews, developing governance criteria for a member accountability framework, reviewing charities' constitutions including articles of association and advising on board induction, board evaluation, succession planning and streamlining board business. Hannah has also served as a secretary to a number of board committees 
  • Fundraising and compliance: drafting and implementing policies and procedures for charities including fundraising, donation acceptance and refusal, bribery, fraud, conflicts of interest and data protection. Hannah also has experience of compiling returns for the charity commission and companies house and has also liaised with the NLA, ICO, PRS for music and the Copyright Licensing Agency 
  • Intellectual Property: managing and protecting a charity's international trademark portfolio which operated in over 100 jurisdictions, advising charity's on branding and on instances of unauthorised use of their names and logos and on intellectual property licensing and assignment
  • Commercial: advising on charity collaborations, mergers and restructurings and drafting, reviewing and advising charities on a wide range of commercial contracts including commercial participator agreements, collaboration agreements and grant agreements

Hannah's client, an international charity, said:

"Just a quick note to say thank you for your help in the last month or so. It has been a pleasure talking with you and considering different options for organisational structures and how to enhance the way we work within our existing structure.

Your experience in the sector, your understanding and insights have been immensely helpful. We also greatly appreciated your thoughtfulness putting us in contact with other people to share good practice."

Law (LLB Hons) at the University of Aberdeen

Diploma in Legal Practice at Glasgow Graduate School of Law