Hannah Burton

Regarded as professional and meticulous in her approach, with a keen eye for detail, Hannah accepts instructions in extradition, regulatory and criminal matters.

Extradition 

Hannah recently concluded a secondment to the CPS Extradition Unit, where she was employed as a Senior Crown Prosecutor. While seconded, Hannah was a point of contact for all French requests, ensuring that the team was kept up to date on issues arising across French cases. Hannah was also the reviewing lawyer in one of the leading Hungarian prison condition cases, Orsos & Ors v Hungary, which is currently before the Divisional Court.

Since her return to self-employed practice, Hannah has represented a variety of Part 1 territories. This includes successfully representing the Romanian Authorities on appeal before the High Court. Prior to her secondment, Hannah represented requested persons in extradition proceedings instigated by Part 1 Territories.

While her work at the Unit was predominantly focused on representing Part 1 territories, Hannah gained experience representing Part 2 territories at initial and interim hearings. Hannah has also assisted on cases involving Red Notices published by INTERPOL while on secondment to Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP.

Regulatory

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

While on secondment to Peters and Peters Solicitors LLP, Hannah assisted in the preparation of written advice in respect of suspected insider dealing contrary to the Market Abuse Regulation.

Crime

Having acted as led-junior and junior alone, Hannah has experience in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth Courts at all stages of proceedings. Her caseload has involved a wide variety of offences, including allegations of 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.

In 2018, Hannah acted as led-junior in a multi-handed, complex mortgage fraud, representing a conveyancing clerk.

Hannah was seconded to the Business Crime Department of Peters and Peters Solicitors LLP in 2017, and then again in 2018-2019. Hannah worked closely with Partners and Associates on a wide range of cases. Hannah’s time was predominantly spent working on an internal investigation on behalf of a large, multinational corporation. This involved researching and reporting on specific issues of law and regulation to assist in advising the client, conducting a large-scale document review, and assisting with the application of factual findings to issues arising during the course of the investigation.

Notable Cases

Extradition

Roberts v Romania [2020] EWHC 199 (Admin) – The Appellant argued that the appropriate judge had been wrong to conclude that extradition was compatible with Article 3 and Article 8 of the European Convention Human Rights. The Appellant argued that the prison assurance provided by the Romanian Authorities was deficient, and also sought to rely upon fresh evidence from a Romanian lawyer to argue that a recent change in Romanian law meant that there was a real risk that the Appellant would be subject to inhumane and degrading treatment upon his surrender. Further, the Appellant relied upon fresh evidence to argue that the judge was wrong to conclude that extradition would be compatible with his right to a private and family life. The appeal was dismissed on both grounds.

Poland v Kuliszewski [2020] – The Polish Authorities seek the surrender of the requested person to prosecute him for an allegation of murder. The requested person argues that extradition would be incompatible with his Article 6 rights to a fair trial on the basis of concerns about the independence of the Polish judiciary and concerns about the independence of the prosecution based on the specific circumstances of his case.

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.

Criminal

R v CJ and Others [2018] (Hull Crown Court)  Hannah acted as led-junior to Kieran Galvin in a multi-handed, complex mortgage fraud. The client, a conveyancing clerk, faced 10 counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation. Case preparation involved consideration of large volumes of conveyancing files, served as evidence and unused material. https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/the-most-serious-complex-fraud-1349687

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 and occurred in the wake of the London Bridge Terror Attack. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/jailed-knifeman-who-roamed-south-london-looking-to-stab-muslims-a3698086.html

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 Johnson and Others [2016] EWHC Crim 1613 (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.

Regulatory 

HCPC v XY [2020] – The registrant faced multiple allegations, a number of which were alleged to amount to dishonest conduct. Hannah successfully argued that there was no case to answer in respect of 2 allegations. In respect of the remaining allegations, the facts were only found proved in respect of 1 allegation. Hannah successfully argued that the factual basis of the allegation did not amount to misconduct.

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.

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)
Memberships
  • 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.
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