Hannah Court

Barrister

Called 2015

BA Hons, LLB (First class) – University of the West of England
BPTC (Outstanding) – University of the West of England
BCL – St Anne’s College, University of Oxford
ADRg accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator

Middle Temple Pupillage Award (2017)
Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize (Middle Temple, 2016)
Middle Temple Certificate of Honour (2016)
The Faculty of Business and Law Prize (University of the West of England, 2015)
Bristol Futures Award (University of the West of England, 2014)

Background

Hannah was called to the Bar in July 2015 after her performance being graded as ‘Outstanding’ on the Bar Professional Training Course. Subsequent to being called to the Bar Hannah undertook the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford where her specialist subjects included Commercial Remedies, Principles of Unjust Enrichment, Corporate Insolvency and Principals of Financial Regulation.

Prior to joining Cornwall Street Barristers as a Pupil in October 2017, Hannah worked as a volunteer at the Bristol Family and Civil Justice Centre for Bristol Law Court Clinic where she would advise litigants in person on domestic violence issues and child arrangement issues. Hannah also undertook volunteer work at Cardiff Riverside Legal Advice Centre during her law degree where she assisted with appeals in social welfare cases.

Civil


Hannah spent a large proportion of her first six of pupillage observing and working on a wide range of civil matters with her pupil supervisor, Simon Bradshaw, an experienced civil practitioner. These included: commercial contract, real property, wills and trusts, and landlord and tenant matters.

Hannah is now frequently instructed in small claims involving road traffic and credit hire matters, stage 3 hearings, infant approval hearings, possession hearings, quantum disputes concerning ‘loss of use’, applications for relief from sanction and has been instructed on appeals in relation to the foregoing.

Hannah is keen to build on her civil practice. She is happy to accept instructions appropriate to her year of call in all civil areas and welcomes instructions to undertake written work.

Family


During her first six of pupillage, Hannah spent a great deal of time observing and working on matrimonial finance and private children matters. She also gained experience in domestic abuse and public children matters.

Since accepting instructions in family law Hannah has represented parents and grandparents at all stages of private children’s applications. She has successfully argued the recommendations of CAFCASS should not be followed where these are not accepted by her client.

Hannah will accept instructions appropriate to her year of call in all areas of family law. To date, Hannah has most experience in private children matters. Hannah is keen, however, to gain further experience in care and matrimonial finance matters.

Crime


Hannah has experience of defending clients on a variety of charges in the Magistrates’ Court. She has been regularly instructed on driving matters and has successfully argued ‘exceptional hardship’ on a number of occasions. She has also persuaded the court to impose a short driving disqualification instead of the mandatory minimum in totting up cases and to impose no disqualification in high speed cases.

Hannah is CPS Level 1 graded and appears in the Crown Court on behalf of the Crown to prosecute appeals. She also has experience of defending clients in the Crown Court in bail applications, PTPH’s and committals for sentence.

Regulatory


Hannah will be taking instructions from 1 April 2018.