Hannah has a civil and commercial practice. Her experience prior to being called to the Bar includes working at Allens in Brisbane and as a Managing Associate at Linklaters LLP in London where her practice focused on arbitration, commercial litigation and regulatory investigations. During her five years in London, Hannah acted in a number of high profile, high value disputes with varied subject matter including energy and construction disputes, competition litigation, contentious regulatory investigations, banking and insolvency litigation.
She holds an LLB (Hons I) from the Queensland University of Technology and is also admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.
Hannah served as Associate to the Honourable Justice Patrick Keane in both the Federal Court of Australia and in the High Court of Australia in 2013-2014.
Some of Hannah’s recent experience in London includes:
> Acting for a major bank in an LCIA arbitration, defending allegations of a “corporate raid” over an oil refinery. The value of the dispute is likely to be in excess of USD 1 billion.
> Acting for a global oil and gas company in a USD 94 million DIFC LCIA arbitration claim brought by an international energy and water company. The claim relates to an alleged breach of clauses intended to govern the business, territory and associated exclusivity of the operations of the parties’ joint venture interests.
> Acting for a major bank in relation to various aggressive debt enforcement actions available to it in England in synch with various actions in other jurisdictions relating to a debt in excess of EUR 1 billion. Such debt enforcement actions included, commencing an LCIA arbitration and appearing in contested proceedings brought in the High Court under the Cross Border Insolvency Regulation.
> Acting for a major bank in relation to an EUR 100 million claim by way of LCIA arbitration and associated High Court proceedings to successfully obtain injunctive relief.
> Acting for a major bank in an investigation regarding alleged breaches of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Principles of Conduct.
> Acting for a leading credit card payment system operator in numerous “stand alone” proceedings brought in the English High Court by major retailers who alleged that multilateral interchange fees in card transactions were levied in breach of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (and various domestic competition laws) and that they suffered loss as a result.
> Acting for an international supplier of nuclear energy and power related equipment in an ad-hoc arbitration in relation to defamation counterclaims giving rise to complex conflicts of law issues.
> Advising clients on public international law issues.
> Advising clients on their rights to bring investment arbitration claims under relevant bilateral investment treaties and/or investment chapters contained in free trade agreements.
2015-2020 Governor, Stormont House School, London
2021 Barrister, Queensland
2020 Admitted as a solicitor to the courts of England and Wales
2015-2020 Associate / Managing Associate, Linklaters LLP (London)
2014 Lawyer, Energy and Resources, Allens (Brisbane)
2013 Admitted as a legal practitioner, Supreme Court of Queensland
2013 Associate to the Hon. Justice Patrick Keane AC, High Court of Australia
2013 Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) (Hons I), Queensland University of Technology
2007 Bachelor of Design Studies (Architecture), University of Queensland