Areas of practice: Criminal defence; family
Hannah has over a decade of experience representing criminal and family clients in all court levels. She has appeared in a wide range of matters including jury and judge-alone trials, appeals, bail hearings, mediations and settlement conferences, media and suppression applications and Criminal Procedure (Mentally Impaired Persons) Act matters.
Hannah has approval from the Law Society to accept direct instructions from clients, without an instructing solicitor, on criminal and family matters. Hannah also accepts legal aid retainers and is passionate about equal access to justice and addressing inequities in legal representation. While Hannah enjoys the complexity of appellate work and jury trials, no case is too small or insignificant. Hannah appreciates her clients often come to her in periods of high stress or uncertainty, and they deserve to have their mana preserved and all care and attention given. Hannah identifies as a lawyer who works very much at the “coal face” of the justice system.
She is well versed in representing vulnerable clients and handling sensitive subject matter, including assisting survivors of state abuse and their families, representing children and young people in the family court and dealing with high conflict cases.
Hannah lives on a lifestyle block in rural Waikato with her young family, and her practice is based in Hamilton. She has practiced in Invercargill and in Nelson, and prior to her admission to the bar was a policy analyst at the former Ministry of Economic Development.
Hannah is Pākehā and has a keen interest in expanding her knowledge of tikanga and her use of te reo Māori.
Qualifications and appointments
BA (Hons, 1st), English, University of Otago, 2006
LLB, University of Otago, 2007
Associate Diploma Speech and Drama, Trinity College London, 2001
PG Cert Public Policy – Victoria University of Wellington, 2010
Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 2010
Appointed to Lawyer for Child Panel, 2018
Appointed to Legal Assistance Panel, Royal Commission Inquiry into Abuse in Care, 2020
Awards and memberships
Gilray Memorial Prize (first in 100 level English) 2002
Top female graduate English Honours programme 2006
Runner up, Chen Palmer and Partners Bill of Rights Moot Competition 2004
Semi Finalist, Australasian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot 2005
Member, Family Law Section, New Zealand Law Society
Member, New Zealand Bar Association
Legal aid approvals – Criminal PAL 2, Duty Lawyer, Parole, Police Detention Legal Advice, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, Family lead provider, Family Legal Advice Service