Hannah joined Apex in 2022 following the successful completion of her pupillage. She was supervised by Andrew Kendall, Lucy Crowther and Nicholas Gedge. She was called to the Bar in 2021.
Hannah accepts instruction across all areas of criminal and regulatory law as well as inquests. She regularly prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court. Hannah has dealt with a large variety of offences, including drugs, violence, firearms and sexual offences. She has experience in dealing with expert evidence, vulnerable witnesses and clients suffering from psychiatric issues.
Prior to pupillage, Hannah read Law at the University of Reading, graduating with an upper-second class honours degree. She undertook the BPTC at Cardiff Law School and achieved a 'Very Competent'. Following Bar school, Hannah worked for a year as an usher at Cardiff Magistrates' Court.
R v H (2023- ongoing) - Defence of a man charged with kidnap, robbery and burglary.
R v I (2023- ongoing) - Defence of a man relying on s45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
R v H (2023- ongoing) - Defence of a man charged with selling a disguised firearm. Hannah has advised on issues relating to vacating pleas and is now in the process or arguing exceptional circumstances.
R v B (2023) - Defence of a man charged with supplying class A and B drugs. The Prosecution accepted pleas to permitting premises to be used (s8 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971).
R v J ‘Operation Draco’ (2023) - Hannah was led by Jonathan Rees KC in the sentence of a Defendant charged with Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
R v W (2023) - Defence of a retired Royal Marine charged with assaulting a child. Hannah advised on the defence of non- insane automatism and dissociative states. The Defendant was sentenced to a community order.
R v G (2022) - Hannah represented a vulnerable female defendant charged with dangerous driving. The case required Hannah to advise on issues concerning the defendant’s fitness to plead and intermediary reports.
R v A (2022) - Hannah represented a defendant charged with threatening with an offensive weapon. The judge indicated a 2-year starting point for sentence, and with significant mitigation advanced, this was reduced to 12 months.
R v T (2022) - Hannah represented a disabled defendant facing charges of stalking and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. This case required Hannah to advise on issues concerning the defendant's fitness to plead.
R v F (2022) - Hannah successfully defended a defendant charged with possession of a prohibited item in prison at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court. This case involved legal arguments relating to the defence of duress.
R v W (2022) - Hannah successfully represented an appellant appealing a conviction for a violent offence at Cardiff Crown Court.
Carmarthenshire County Council (2023) - Hannah was instructed to advise on disclosure for an Annex C request by the police.
JB (2023) - Hannah was instructed to represent a care home nurse at an inquest.
All areas of criminal law, regulatory and inquest law.
APPOINTMENTS & MEMBERSHIPS
Grade 2 Crown Prosecution Service Panel Advocate
Member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn
Lord Denning Scholar, Lincoln's Inn