Hannah
Court

Barrister | Called 2015

Hannah Court

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.

Education, awards & memberships:

  • 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)

Hannah‘s expertise

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, TOLATA, wills and trusts, and landlord and tenant matters.

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

Hannah is keen to build on her civil practice and would particularly welcome further TOLATA work; this being an area of law she has studied fervently in the past and has a great interest in. 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 an array of family law matters including both private and public law children matters, domestic violence and matrimonial finance.

Hannah has vast experience in representing parents, children, 16.4 Guardians and grandparents throughout all stages of private family law applications. She has successfully argued the recommendations contained within a section 7 report should not be followed where these are not accepted by her client. She also regularly accepts instructions relating to non-molestation orders and occupation orders.

Hannah possesses a good level of experience in matrimonial finance and has acted in cases involving: complicated trust fund issues, intervenors, significant pension assets and family businesses. She always strives to achieve the most pragmatic and cost-effective outcome for her clients.

She also accepts instructions in public law children proceedings and is regularly instructed to represent local authorities, CAFCASS, and parents. She has been instructed in cases featuring a number of issues, to include neglectful parenting, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol misues, sexual abuse, and non-accidental injury. She has appeared in the High Court in relation to the issue of childhood immunisations, where she represented the guardian.

Hannah is both patient and compassionate with her clients but will give robust advice.

Notable Cases:

  • Re C (2019) – Contested public law case concerning parent’s refusal to vaccinate young child.
  • Re B (2020) – Multi-day contested public law final hearing, concerning issues relating to neglect, domestic abuse, emotional abuse and physical abuse. Two public law sets of proceedings running concurrently and heard together.
  • Re W (2020) – Multi-day contested ICO hearing, concerning immediate removal of children into foster care and issues relating to drug/alcohol misuse and neglect.
  • Re LP (2020) – Multi-day public law final hearing featuring issues relating to parental neglect, domestic abuse, physical abuse and emotional harm.
  • K v K (2020) – Matrimonial finance proceedings involving complicated trust fund and health issues.
Court of protection

Hannah has undergone extensive training and is accepting instructions on court of protection matters.

Testimonials

“Miss Court was a calming influence in a complex family case. Her ability to swiftly determine key facts and communicate them in a simple way is awe inspiring. She is a very intelligent woman with an innate ability to think on her feet with breath taking speed…She is a woman of exceptionally high intellect and integrity and her conduct was in line with the very best traditions of the bar. I would recommend her to anyone above all others in an instant.” (lay client, private children proceedings)

“Impressed…Hannah got to grips with the issues very quickly and thoroughly and got the best result available in the circumstances.” (solicitor, application for relief from sanctions)

Hannah is consistent in her attitude, thoroughly prepared and extremely professional in her approach.  So thoroughly prepared and achieving excellent results.  Amazing.” (solicitor, private children and matrimonial finance)

“I just wanted to feedback to you that Hannah did an absolutely amazing job in representing my client. She liaised with my client all the time and was able to return the child back to my client, something that seemed very unlikely before the hearing was due to take place. Hannah sent me her attendance note straight away together a well-drafted clear order, she was simply brilliant.” – (2021)