Hannah Hinton

Call 2008

Overview

Hannah specialises in public law in extradition, cross-border financial crime, fraud, police law, unlawful detention claims and in complex disciplinary misconduct cases.  She represents individuals, governments and other public bodies in cases involving technical arguments as well as sensitive health and human rights issues.  She is ranked as a leading junior by both legal directories, and recently described as “an experienced extradition junior” recognised for her “friendly approach” and “in court a fighter who never gives up

Hannah is clerked primarily by Tom O’Connor,  Joe Ralph and Joe Fletcher.

In September 2019, Hannah was appointed to the Attorney General’s civil panel; an appointment that will last for five years.

Fearless and quick on her feet“.
The Legal 500

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

Hannah’s practice encompasses complex extradition work, public law, police law, professional discipline and financial crime. She has appeared in many leading cases interpreting the Extradition Act 2003 before the Divisional Court and in cases raising points of general public importance referred to the Supreme Court.  She represents individuals facing criminal charges in the UK, EU and in many other countries, often involving significant political, human rights or health complexities and in high-value fraud or trafficking cases.

Hannah is an experienced financial crime practitioner defending in multi-million pound fraud cases on behalf of financial advisers, accountants and frauds involving charities.  She successfully represented a senior accountant against a charge of cheating the revenue of £2.5m in respect of a legitimate tax avoidance scheme.   Hannah represented a female charged with laundering the proceeds of her co-defendant husband’s £10m Ponzi-scheme operated from Mallorca.  She acted in a series of significant people trafficking prosecutions involving informal value transfer systems (‘hawala’ banking).   She advises clients facing cross-border criminal investigations, confiscation and forfeiture orders and Mutual Legal Assistance matters.

Hannah has experience of working on inquires and high-profile criminal cases for example the criminal trial of senior police and a solicitor involved in the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster and its aftermath.  Hannah is an ad hoc member of INQUEST’s pro bono legal team and has advanced level training upon the provisions of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

Hannah represents clients against allegations of misconduct brought by their regulator.  She has particular interest in medical healthcare cases and those involving sensitive mental health and capacity issues or police misconduct.

She appears before the High Court in judicial review matters, unlawful detention claims and cases stated. In a precedent judicial review case, Hannah successfully argued that the Magistrates Court were miscalculating confiscation default sentences where a part payment was made. The Justices Clerk’s Society published guidance as a result of Hannah’s case and hundreds of cases were recalled and reviewed.

Hannah also assists clients in cases concerning the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, the Education Act and the Education (Special Educational Needs) Regulations.

Hannah appears before the County Courts in civil actions against the police advising upon tricky points of liability, quantum and personal injury claims.

Cases and work of Note

Financial Crime

  • R (on the application of Emu) v Westminster Magistrates Court [2016] EWHC 2561 (Admin)
  • R v Richard Pollett, John Hirst & Linda Hirst [2013] EWCA Crim 359

Extradition

Part II – overseas cases:

  • Hoxha aka Hasani v Government of Albania [2018] EWHC (Admin)
  • Gjergj Cupi v The Government of Albania [2016] EWHC 3288 (Admin)
  • Vernon & Ors v Republic of South Africa [2014] EWHC 4417 (Admin)
  • R (on the application of Duchesne in the matter of extradition proceedings brought by the United States of America) v Westminster Magistrates Court & Ors [2014] EWHC 3641 (Admin)
  • Kulibaba & Konavalenko v Government of the United States of America [2014] EWHC 176 (Admin)

Part I – EU cases:

  • Taylor & Anor v The Prosecutor General’s Office of Florence [2019] EWHC 2938
  • Tincu v Public Prosecutor of Liege, Belgium [2019] EWHC 3335 (Admin)
  • Palioniene v Prosecutor General’s Office, Lithuania [2019] EWHC 2096 (Admin)
  • Bartulis and others v Panevezys Regional Court, Lithuania and another [2019] EWHC 504 (Admin)
  • R (on the application of Jane) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court [2019] EWHC 394 (Admin)
  • Demeter v Ceske Budejovice District Court in Czech Republic [2019] EWHC 88 (Admin)
  • Lingurar v Baia Mare Local Court Romania [2019] EWHC 74 (Admin)
  • District Court in Koszalin, Poland v Szpiec [2018] EWHC 1599 (Admin)
  • Terzic v County State Attorney’s Office in Zagreb, Croatia [2018] EWHC 3467 (Admin)
  • Botos v Public Prosecutors Office, Court of Udine, Italy [2018] EWHC 2809 (Admin)
  • Fox v Public Prosecutor’s Office of Frankfurt am Main [2017] EWHC 3396 (Admin)
  • Tyrakowski v Regional Court in Poznan, Poland [2017] EWHC 2675 (Admin)
  • Burzynski v District Court of Poznan, Poland [2017] EWHC 855 (Admin)
  • Ojo v Court of Appeal Torino, Italy [2017] EWHC 623 (Admin)
  • Kazaniecki v Regional Court I Torun, Poland [2016] EWHC 3210 (Admin)
  • Bledar Prenga v Court of Florence, Italy [2016] EWHC 3002 (Admin)
  • Mesaros v Romania [2016] EWHC 3457 (Admin)
  • Seprey-Hozo v Law Court Of Miercurea Ciuc, Romania [2016] EWHC 2902 (Admin)
  • Barszcz (Sebastian) v Polish Judicial Authority [2016] EWHC 2788 (Admin)
  • R (on the application of Doci and Others) v Court Of Brescia (Italy) and Others [2016] EWHC 2100 (Admin)
  • Miller v Polish Judicial Authority [2016] EWHC 2568 (Admin)
  • Rancadore v Italy (unreported)
  • McGurk v Provincial High Court of Alicante, Spain [2016] EWHC 536
  • Balog v Court in Okresny Sud, Humenne, Slovak Republic [2017] EWHC (Admin)
  • Z v Regional Court In Poznan Poland [2016] EWHC 2842

RECOMMENDATIONS

Hannah is recommended by both legal directories for international crime and extradition and has been described by Chambers & Partners as “Very astute, has sound knowledge of the law and is well liked by the court

Other recent editorial includes:

  • a fearless advocate;
  • is extremely helpful;
  • approachable and friendly;
  • willing to work on any case big or small;
  • she fights cases until the very end; and
  • fearless and quick on her feet.

PUBLICATIONS

Archbold Review: Issue 5 June 2019 : Reviewing the powers of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) to substitute verdicts.

APPOINTMENTS

  • Attorney General’s civil C Panel Counsel
  • Panel Counsel to the Serious Fraud Office
  • CPS Specialist Extradition Panel Grade 4
  • CPS General Crime Panel (South Eastern and North Eastern Circuits) Grade 3

COMMITTEES/MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
  • Defence Extradition Lawyer’s Association ( Committee member since 2018 )
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Fourth Feathers Youth & Community Centre ( Trustee since 2018)
  • Earls Court Youth Club ( Management committee member since 2017)
  • British Italian Law Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association (Committee member 2007-2010)
  • Junior Financial Services Lawyers Group (Committee member 2010-2011)

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Scholarship awarded by the European Union and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (2005)
  • Scholarship awarded by The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn for the Bar Vocational Course (2006)

Reflections

Most of my lay clients come to me at times of great stress, confused about the law and worried about their reputation, their future, the fate of their immediate family or employees.   I enjoy helping them understand their situation  and using my expertise to achieve the best outcome for them: be that avoiding a criminal charge, achieving a full acquittal of criminal charges, an exoneration and reinstatement of their good character, access to their own restrained funds or, sometimes, when miracles cannot happen, injecting reality and working with them to create a strategy to make the best of an impossible situation.

The stakes are high.  When I represent a regulator or enforcement agency my role is totally different.  In both situations I am always scrupulous in ensuring every detail of the case is uncovered and expressed simply and clearly because my work invariably involves a lot of complex law and entangled facts which have to be unraveled before the case makes sense.

“a new day, a new client, a new story, a new precedent is hugely motivating and the reason I feel so lucky to do the job that I do”

I enjoy a good challenge and making difficult decisions.  In early practice I would run in the opposite direction of cases involving sensitive mental health and capacity because it never seemed straightforward.  Now I know that I can really help clients work through their issues, I seek out particularly challenging cases for the enjoyment of the legal nuances and fundamentally because I have seen deeply troubled people suffering alone. Knowing that I can help them is a great feeling.

Never a dull day!  Whilst I now, happily, have a familiar routine involving colleagues, courts and judges I encounter regularly and legislation I know backwards, no day at the Bar is the same and the challenge of a new day, a new client, a new story, a new precedent, is hugely motivating and the reason I feel so lucky to do the job that I do.

privacy

Hannah adopts and adheres to the provisions of the privacy notice which can be accessed here.

Further information

For further details of Hannah’s practice please click on the links to the left or contact a member of the clerking or client service team.

Bar Council Membership No: 66690
Registered Name: Hannah Hinton
VAT Registration No: 990921590