Hannah Burton

Hannah appears in the Crown, Magistrates or Youth Courts on a daily basis on behalf of the defence. She is regularly instructed in a broad range of criminal matters including offences of dishonesty, violence and public disorder. She also has experience representing clients charged with sexual offences and drug offences.

Hannah has represented clients charged with a wide range of driving offences. In doing so, she has advised on the defences to those offences and on the circumstances in which arguments of special reasons may be advanced.

Hannah has represented requested persons in extradition proceedings instigated by Part 1 territories. Her work in extradition has seen her advance arguments under section 12A, 21 and 21A of the Extradition Act 2003 in order to resist extradition.

Hannah has been described as “professional, meticulous and diligent in her approach to all her cases” with “a real eye for detail. Clients represented by Hannah “knew precisely what options were open to them”.

 Hannah has an ability and willingness to take on any task quickly and competently”. She is “articulate and reasoned and has a very forensic approach to her submissions particularly when dealing with legal issues”.

Notable Cases

R v LJ and Others [2016] (Court of Appeal) (pupil to Alexia Power) – Hannah assisted Oliver Blunt QC and Alexia Power in researching whether the Court of Appeal can substitute its own findings of fact with those made by the trial judge.

R v S – When acting as a stand-in junior to Stephen Moses QC defending a client charged with child cruelty, Hannah prepared written legal argument used to successfully oppose the admission of extra-jurisdictional bad character evidence.

Spain v D – An argument under s.12A Extradition Act 2003 was advanced to resist the requested person’s extradition on a Part 1 accusation warrant.

R v K – A successful half-time submission was made on a charge of threatening another with an offensive weapon in a public place. There was no evidence to demonstrate specific intent due to a technical error in the charge. Hannah successfully opposed the Crown’s application to lay a new charge to remedy the error.

R v O and M – Hannah defended a client charged on a joint enterprise basis with theft from a dwelling, worth £26,000. The case involved delicate issues of a sexual nature, which required tactful handling in cross-examination.

R v W – Hannah effectively challenged the lawfulness of police action on a charge of obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty. This resulted in an acquittal.

R v M – Hannah represented a vulnerable defendant who required the assistance of an intermediary. Hannah successfully defended the client on a charge of assault by beating in the face of CCTV evidence purporting to show the alleged assault.

Other Experience

In 2014, Hannah travelled to Colombia as part of an international delegation. She met with the victims of human rights violations and the organisations seeking to assist and protect those victims. The delegation addressed the Colombian Authorities and the Colombian Government on the difficulties facing those who seek to protect human rights in Colombia.

Before commencing Pupillage with Furnival Chambers, Hannah worked as a Paralegal within the Family Department of a multi-discipline, accredited firm of solicitors. She gained a first-hand knowledge and understanding of the qualities that are important to a solicitor when instructing counsel.

Hannah volunteered as a support worker with the Personal Support Unit based at the Royal Courts of Justice. She provided practical and emotional support to litigants in person facing important hearings alone.

In 2014, Hannah travelled to Colombia as part of an international delegation. She met with the victims of human rights violations and the organisations seeking to assist and protect those victims. The delegation addressed the Colombian Authorities and the Colombian Government on the difficulties facing those who seek to protect human rights in Colombia.

Before commencing Pupillage with Furnival Chambers, Hannah worked as a Paralegal within the Family Department of a multi-discipline, accredited firm of solicitors. She gained a first-hand knowledge and understanding of the qualities that are important to a solicitor when instructing counsel.

Hannah volunteered as a support worker with the Personal Support Unit based at the Royal Courts of Justice. She provided practical and emotional support to litigants in person facing important hearings alone.

 

Education and Awards

Northumbria University

  • M Law (exempting) (Upper Second Class Honours) (2014)
  • BPTC (Very Competent) (2014)

The Alan Davenport Memorial Prize for the best performance in Civil Liberties (2014).

 

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