“She’s an exceptional junior…a rising star.”
Hannah’s practice covers the full ambit of media and information law, including data protection. Recognised as a “rising star” in the field, recent highlights include:
- a Supreme Court appearance in a landmark privacy case concerning the right of arrestees in child sex offence cases to remain anonymous (PNM v Times Newspapers Ltd);
- a Court of Appeal appearance in Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd, which gave rise to the first appellate decision on the controversial ‘serious harm test’ under section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013;
- acting for the largest group of defendants in multi-million-pound litigation concerning the alleged blacklisting of construction workers (Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation).
Hannah has a particular interest in dealing with online issues and experience in representing prominent internet and technology clients, including Google UK Ltd, AOL (UK) Ltd, Twitter Inc. and TripAdvisor Ltd.
In 2012, she was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship to work at the New York offices of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP, where she gained both a broad grounding in American media law and experience in advising on cross-jurisdictional issues. Having previously worked for a leading communications agency, Hannah also boasts expertise in reputation management and litigation strategy.
Junior barrister with an active and well-regarded defamation and privacy-focused practice. She has acted for a range of national media organisations, charities and multinational corporations. “Bright, hard-working, focused and very easy to work with.” Chambers and Partners 2019 (Defamation/Privacy)
An expert in privacy, defamation and information law, who has an impressive track record of working for high-profile clients, including well-known online entities and media organisations. She also contributes to key texts on the subject of defamation and contempt, and has a further interest in the media laws of the USA. “She’s very measured, calm, and authoritative beyond her years.” “She gets on top of the legal issues immediately, and she’s extremely pleasant to work with.” Chambers and Partners 2019 (Data Protection)
“Has a good eye for detail. Gets stuck into difficult matters and is incredibly bright.” The Legal 500 2018 (Defamation and Privacy)
“She has such a depth of expertise in the data protection area that she is able to comprehensively advise on the spot.” The Legal 500 2018 (Data Protection)
“She’s bright, hard-working, focused and very easy to work with.” Chambers and Partners 2018
“Up-and-coming barrister who is quickly establishing a reputation as a leading junior at the Defamation Bar.” “She’s an exceptional junior; she’s good at drafting, responsive and hard-working.” “She is very impressive and gives excellent advice in conference and on paper. A rising star.” Chambers and Partners 2017
“Popular junior whose impressive and diverse practice has developed far beyond the expected level for her year of call.” “She’s great; fantastic and willing to roll her sleeves up. She’s very clever, but approachable and user-friendly.” “She’s very bright and gives good commercial advice.” Chambers and Partners 2016
“Has quickly become a rising star in the sector since her 2010 call, and has built up a substantial client base. Peers predict she will be a market-leading barrister in the future.” “She’s marvelous…” Chambers and Partners 2015
“She is excellent, efficient and supremely bright.” The Legal 500 2017 (Defamation and Privacy)
“She is very bright and has excellent judgement.” The Legal 500 2017 (Data Protection)
“There is a confidence and maturity to her advice that is beyond her year of call.” The Legal 500 2016
“A confident and robust junior, and a strong team player.” The Legal 500 2015
Christopher Chandler v Various Parties (ongoing) – in the last year, Hannah has acted for prominent businessman Mr Chandler in relation to several matters, including a successful libel action brought against ‘Another Europe Is Possible’, a pro-European Union campaign group.
Boris Birshtein v Financial Times (2018) – for businessman Mr Birshtein in relation to allegations published in the Financial Times concerning Toronto’s Trump Tower.
Paul Lunt v Times Newspapers Limited (2018) – for solicitor Mr Lunt, led by Manuel Barca QC, in a libel action successfully brought in relation to an article published in the Times Newspaper which wrongly identified Mr Lunt as the subject of a serious allegation of criminality.
Kennedy v National Trust for Scotland  EWHC 3368 (QB) – for the National Trust for Scotland, prior to going on maternity leave, in this important libel and data protection matter concerning the issues of forum and service.
Various Claimants v Sir Robert McAlpine Limited & Ors (ongoing) – for the largest group of defendant construction companies, with Andrew Caldecott QC, David Cavender QC and Edmund Nourse QC, in this high-profile group litigation concerning the alleged blacklisting of construction workers. Claims were brought on behalf of hundreds of workers in defamation, breach of confidence, privacy, data protection and conspiracy. Following a much-publicised settlement in 2016, further claims have recently been issued.
The Corporate Macfarlanes Defendants v Amec Building Ltd & Ors (ongoing) – acting in Part 20 proceedings brought by the construction companies which comprised the largest group of defendants in The Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation.
Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd  EWCA Civ 1334 – for AOL, led by Manuel Barca QC and, in the Court of Appeal, by Andrew Caldecott QC, in the first-of-its-kind trial of the preliminary issue of serious harm under section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013. The Court of Appeal handed down its seminal judgment in September 2017.
Gloster v Macmillan Publishers Ltd (2016) – successful strike-out application made on behalf of Macmillan Publishers in relation to an article published in the well-known scientific journal, Nature.
Melvyn Cartwright v Dai Havard MP (2014) – for Member of Parliament, Mr Havard, in a successful application to strike out a defamation claim in the High Court in Cardiff.
Hank Roberts v Times Newspapers Ltd (2013) – for Mr Roberts, the president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, in an action against the Sunday Times.
Skylet Andrew v Laurence Bassini (2013) – for Mr Bassini, the ex-Watford Football Club chairman, in an action over an article published in the Watford Observer.
Cairns v Modi  EWCA Civ 1382 – instructed to assist Andrew Caldecott QC in this successful appeal concerning the award of damages in libel actions, with specific responsibility for commonwealth legal research concerning ‘the grapevine effect’.
Bento v The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police  EWHC 1525 – for the defendant police force (with Catrin Evans QC and Richard Rampton QC) in a libel action concerning a murder conviction and later acquittal.
Privacy/ data protection
A prominent international bank (2018) – provided advice in relation to matters concerning The General Data Protection Regulation shortly after it came into force.
Kennedy v National Trust for Scotland  EWHC 3368 (QB) – (see above).
Bains & Ors v Moore & Ors v Wetherby Select Ltd & Ors (ongoing) – acting for various Non-Parties in relation to privacy, breach of confidence and data protection proceedings concerning alleged corporate espionage and the asbestos industry (led by Manuel Barca QC).
Various Claimants v Sir Robert McAlpine Limited & Ors – (see above).
The Corporate Macfarlanes Defendants v Amec Building Ltd & Ors – (see above).
PNM v Times Newspapers Ltd & Others  UKSC 49 – for the claimant since 2013, led by Manuel Barca QC, in an application for an interim non-disclosure order preventing the identity of PNM as an arrestee from being disclosed by The Times newspaper. The case gave rise to a landmark privacy decision of the Supreme Court.
Daley v Griffiths (2017) – instructed in relation to a complaint by the Olympic diver Tom Daley concerning the destruction of images and video footage obtained via private communications (led by Manuel Barca QC).
Rupert Bonham-Smith v Google UK Ltd (2016) – for Google UK in a successful application to strike out a claim brought on ‘right to be forgotten’ grounds.
Henry Herbert Ltd v Google (UK) Ltd (2016) – instructed by Google UK in relation to an allegedly defamatory review of the Claimant’s business posted on the ‘Google My Business’ platform.
Secondment to the BBC in order to provide data protection advice (2015) – this followed the alleged disclosure of information by a researcher who had worked for an independent production team in relation to a BBC Panorama investigation into Lutfur Rahman, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, London.
Higgins v Totaljobs Group Ltd (2013) – successfully defended a claim brought on data protection grounds against Totaljobs Group Ltd, the UK’s largest online recruitment company.
Third party disclosure
Rightio Ltd v Twitter Inc. (2016) – for Twitter Inc. in relation to an application to disclose information concerning account holders alleged to have published defamatory Tweets.
Todd v BBC (2014) – for the BBC in relation to an application to disclose information concerning an individual said to have posted a defamatory comment on the BBC News website.
WSTWD Ltd v Torn Pictures Limited (2016) – for the Defendant production company in relation to an intellectual property dispute concerning a film about the well-known Kray brothers.
Ofoborey v Authorhouse UK Ltd (2012) – for self-publishing company Authorhouse UK Ltd in a successful application to strike out a claim in copyright.
Robins v TripAdvisor Ltd (2011) – for TripAdvisor Ltd in relation to a trade mark infringement claim.
Enterprise Insurance Company Plc v Leeds United Football Club Ltd (2015) – instructed in relation to the defence of this breach of contract action brought by a club sponsor (led by Hugh Jory QC of Enterprise Chambers).
The Hillsborough inquests (2014) – assisted the BBC Litigation Department in relation to the release of footage for use at the inquests.
The Pollard review into sexual allegations against Jimmy Savile (2013) – instructed as junior counsel by the BBC Litigation Department and the BBC Trust in order to advise on the release to the general public of those documents underlying the Pollard report.
The Leveson inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press (2012) – drafted legal submissions on behalf of Associated Newspapers Ltd, Guardian News & Media Ltd and the Telegraph Media Group Ltd.
Cases and News
Libel victory for Christopher Chandler A Statement in Open Court has been read as part of the settlement of libel proceedings successfully brought by [...]
Howard Kennedy v The National Trust for Scotland  EWHC 3368 (QB) A libel and data protection claim has been stayed on the basis [...]
One Brick Court top ranked in the new Legal 500 2017 One Brick Court and its members are once again ranked by the Legal [...]
Lachaux v AOL (UK) Limited and Ors  EWCA Civ 1334 Case date: 12/09/2017 Court: Court of Appeal Area/s of law: Libel Barrister/s: Andrew Caldecott QC | Manuel [...]
Construction companies granted permission to pursue contribution proceedings Following last year’s settlements of the hundreds of actions brought against them, the companies comprising the [...]
Landmark Supreme Court decision in PNM v TNL & Ors handed down The Supreme Court has handed down its much-anticipated judgment in the privacy [...]
The 5th edition of Arlidge, Eady and Smith on Contempt will be published on 31 May 2017 The 5th edition of Arlidge, Eady and Smith [...]
PNM v TNL & Ors before the Supreme Court In what would be a landmark privacy ruling, the Appellant seeks an interim non-disclosure order [...]
Bento v The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police  EWHC 1525 Case date: 01/06/2012 Court: High Court Area/s of law: Defamation Barrister/s: Richard Rampton QC | Catrin [...]
Publications and Seminars
Contributor to, Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt, 5th Edition, 2017
Co-author, Atkin’s Court Forms on Defamation
MA (Cantab) (First Class), Law, University of Cambridge (Churchill College)
Silverman Sherliker Award for Legal Excellence; Churchill College Scholarship, 2008
Lord Denning Scholarship; Hardwicke Entrance Award, 2009
Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School (Outstanding)
Buchanan Prize; Hubert Greenland Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn), 2010
Pegasus Scholarship (Inns of Court), 2012
Name and contact details of the Data Controller
One Brick Court
London EC4Y 9BY
Tel: 020 7353 9945
Individuals to whom this Privacy Notice applies
1. This notice applies to all those whose personal data I process in the course of my practice as a barrister. It applies to you if (a) you are an individual and I have been instructed to act on your behalf (that is, you are “my client”), (b) you are a person mentioned in my case papers whether because you work for or are otherwise connected with a company, organisation or public body which has instructed me to act on its behalf or because, for example, you are a witness or are referred to in documents with which I have been supplied, (c) you are my instructing solicitor, (d) another lawyer or professional involved in a case in which I am acting, or (e) a member, pupil or employee at One Brick Court. If you are my client, you will have received a copy of this Privacy Notice when I was first instructed on your behalf.
Collection, use and reasons for processing your personal information
2. What information I obtain, and why and how I use that information, varies with the source and type of information:
Personal information where I am acting for you
2.1. If you are my client, I collect and store your personal details, other information that you have provided to me or your solicitor in connection with your case, and information about you contained in documents provided by others involved in the case, such as witnesses and opposing parties. This information may be obtained upon receipt of instructions, receipt of documents sent by your solicitor or other lawyers involved your case, or from you directly.
Personal information of individuals who are not my client
2.2. If you are not my client, you should know that I collect and store the names, employment details and contact details of third parties with whom I deal in the course of my practice, and the personal data of individuals contained in instructions, case papers and communications in cases in which I am instructed. This information may be obtained upon receipt of instructions, upon enquiries being made about my services, through dealings with third parties concerned with my work, from you directly or from enquiries being made by me about you, your work or your services.
2.3. If you are a member of Chambers, a pupil or employee at One Brick Court, I collect, store and use your name, contact details, work done by you (if you are a pupil), and other information about you that may be contained in Chambers internal documents or that you provide to me yourself.
3. The purposes for which I process the above personal data are the provision of legal services, the administration of my practice (including my membership of One Brick Court), legal research, practice development and marketing, training and assessing pupils, training mini-pupils and work experience students, and dealing with any complaints or disputes. The processing of the above personal data is necessary for those legitimate interests. Where I process your personal data for those legitimate interests, I have taken into account your data rights and considered that they do not override my interests in relation to the data I hold and the use I make of those data.
4. I lawfully process some of the above personal data in order to be able to comply with my legal obligations, for example dealings with HMRC.
5. If your personal data reveal your racial or ethnic origin, your political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or your trade union membership, data concerning your health or data concerning your sex life or sexual orientation, or data relating to your criminal convictions and offences or related security measures, I will only process those data where you have given your explicit consent, where the processing relates to personal data which are manifestly made public by you, where the processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, or where the processing is otherwise permitted by law.
6. I will retain your personal data for so long as is necessary for the purposes identified above. This may vary depending on the context in which I acquired the data and the purpose for which I process those data, and, in the event of any sort of dispute for as long as is necessary to resolve it.
Security of your personal information
7. I take appropriate technical and organisational measures to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of personal information.
Sharing your personal data
8. I may disclose your personal data to third parties where it is reasonably necessary to carry out any of the purposes set out above in this Notice.
9. You may at any time:
9.1 Ask for confirmation that I am processing your personal data and request a copy.
9.2 Request the rectification of your personal data or for your data to be completed if data are incomplete.
9.3 Request that I erase your personal data.
9.4 Request that I restrict the extent of my processing of your personal data.
9.5 Request receipt of the personal data you have provided for transmission to another data controller, or request that I provide those data directly to another data controller.
9.6 Object to my processing of your personal data.
10. I will need to verify your identity before I can comply with any request.
11. I may be entitled or obliged to refuse your request or objection. If I do so, I will give you my reasons.
12. You have a right to complain about my processing of your personal data, including how I have responded to any request you’ve made about how I use your personal data, to the Information Commissioner (www.ico.org.uk and/or 0303 123 1113) the Supervisory Authority of any EU Member State.