Hannah is a Senior Associate based in the Bristol office, specialising in trust, probate and charity legacy disputes. She acts for national charities and private individuals advising on a range of issues relating to disputes arising out of wills, trusts and estates. Within this, she has built a specialist focus on charity legacy disputes, working with legacy officers to resolve disputes over charitable legacies in wills.
Hannah trained as a commercial litigator with Thrings LLP in their London office, where she also gained experience in claims for breach of trust, applications for the removal of trustees, Public Trustee v Cooper applications and inter-family disputes in relation to the ownership of valuable antiques and artworks. She then moved to Stone King LLP, where she gained experience in dealing with Inheritance claims, claims in relation to the administration of estates including constructive trust and proprietary estoppel claims and charity legacy disputes. Hannah has also worked for a specialist contentious probate firm, IDR Law, where she headed up the Charity Legacy Disputes team.
Hannah is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), has obtained Civil Higher Rights of Audience and has extensive experience in negotiation and settlement techniques including alternative dispute resolution, in particular mediation.
Hannah has been involved in a number of important published trusts and estates cases, in particular a Public Trustee v Cooper application for the blessing of a ‘momentous decision’: