Hannah Burton

Hannah accepts instructions in criminal, regulatory and extradition proceedings.

Hannah has been described as “professional, meticulous and diligent in her approach to all her cases”. Hannah recognises the importance of excellent client care at each and every stage of a case.


Regularly instructed in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth Courts at all stages of proceedings, Hannah has experience in a wide variety of criminal matters. Her caseload has involved offences alleging the following: violence in a domestic and non-domestic setting; possession of weapons including threats made with weapons; possession and supply of drugs; dishonesty including burglary and fraud; public disorder; and sexual offences.

Hannah recently concluded a secondment conducting a disclosure review of large volumes of material.


Hannah has represented requested persons in extradition proceedings instigated by Part 1 Territories. Her work has seen her advance arguments under various sections of the Extradition Act 2003 in order to resist extradition. Please see the ‘Notable Cases’ section below for further information.

Hannah also accepts instructions to advise on appeal following unsuccessful proceedings in the Magistrates Court.


Hannah acts for Registrants appearing before the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health & Care Professions Council at all stages of proceedings.


The Criminal Bar Association of England and Wales
DELF (Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum)
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Hannah is an active member of Chambers’ Pupillage Committee.

Notable Cases


R v DC [2017] (Inner London Crown Court) – The client, facing two counts of threatening another with a bladed article, was acquitted after trial. He accepted shoplifting and possessing a bladed article. He was found not guilty of threatening shop staff with a pair of scissors in order to make his escape.

R v MS [2017] (Inner London Crown Court) – Client sentenced to 27 months imprisonment having pleaded guilty to threatening another with a bladed article. The offence was religiously aggravated.

R v JR [2017] (St Albans Crown Court) – The client faced trial on 4 counts, involving 3 allegations of possessing bladed articles and an allegation of possessing a Class A drug (methadone). He was acquitted on one count of possessing a bladed article and of possessing methadone. It was successfully argued that the client did not know that the methadone in question was a controlled substance (s.28 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971).

R v DR (Wood Green Crown Court) – Following conviction after trial for attempted burglary of a dwelling when the occupier was at home, the client received a suspended sentence order.

R v LJ and Others [2016] (Court of Appeal Criminal Division) (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 [2016] (Nottingham Crown Court) – 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.

R v O and M [2016] (Ealing Magistrates Court) – 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.


HCPC v CM [2017] – The registrant faced allegations of dishonesty, arising from a failure to register with her regulator and, when re-registering, incorrectly declaring the date on which she last practiced. It was successfully argued that there had been no dishonesty. There was no finding of misconduct in relation to the remaining, accepted allegations.

NMC v CH [2017] The registrant had been convicted of driving with excess alcohol in the breath, having driven to work as a nurse while under the influence of alcohol and proceeding to commence her duties. A 6-month Suspension Order was imposed.


Romania v GM [2017] – The requested person was discharged from extradition proceedings. It was successfully submitted that the European Arrest Warrant failed to comply with s.2 of the Extradition Act 2003, despite further information having been provided by the Issuing Judicial Authority. The case was distinguished from Goluchowski & Sas.

Poland v AS [2017] – The requested person faced extradition on a conviction warrant in respect of numerous offences. Extradition was not contested in respect of 2 matters. In respect of the remaining matters, arguments were advanced under s.10 and s.20 of the Extradition Act 2003 in order to resist extradition. AS was discharged in respect of one matter, following successful submissions under s.10 of the Extradition Act 2003.

Poland v KJ [2016] – KJ was requested to serve a term of imprisonment following the activation of his suspended sentence order. Activation occurred due to non-payment of a fine. Following proceedings in Poland, the activation of the suspended sentence order was postponed. This was brought to the attention of the Court and an adjournment was granted to enable the relevant information to be obtained. The Issuing Judicial Authority subsequently withdrew the Extradition Warrant.

Spain v AD [2016] – AD was requested on an accusation warrant in respect of a stabbing. An argument under s.12A of the Extradition Act 2003 was advanced in order to resist extradition.

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.

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).

The Northumbria Law School Prize for best performance by a BPTC Exempting student in Advocacy (Examination in Chief)