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Hannah Sutton

ASSOCIATE SOLICITOR

Hannah qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court and a Higher Rights Advocate in September 2013. She qualified as a Duty Solicitor in 2014 and became an Associate of Taylor Haldane Barlex in 2017.

Summary:

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court
  • Associate
  • Higher Court Advocate
  • Duty Solicitor
  • Youth Court Specialist
  • Trial Advocate

Area of expertise

  • Serious Crime, including drugs, sexual offences and violence
  • Road Traffic Law
  • Health & Safety
  • Fraud
  • Regulatory Offences

Overview

Hannah is highly regarded by both clients and colleagues alike. She is focussed upon obtaining the best result for her clients in all circumstances and has an excellent trial record, both as a litigator and as an advocate.

She is a highly motivated, hard-working and approachable individual who manages her own caseload and frequently acts as the trial advocate.

Serious Crime

During her time at THB, Hannah has acted for clients facing the most serious of offences. She regularly appears in the Crown Court and has experience of dealing with a wide array of serious criminal cases.

Hannah has a specific specialism in dealing with young defendants who are charged with serious offences, both in the Youth Court and ‘grave crimes’ cases in the Crown Court. As a result of her knowledge in this area, she was involved in making representations and submissions to the Home Office regarding Youth Justice.

Examples of criminal cases:

  • R v N: This murder case involved the instruction of expert witnesses on the defendant’s mental state and involved complicated legal issues.
  • R v G: Hannah was both the litigator and the trial advocate when her client was accused of possessing prohibited items in prison. Despite the activity being caught on CCTV and the prosecution calling prison officers to give evidence, the jury acquitted the defendant of all charges.
  • R v D: This case received worldwide press attention and concerned an adult who committed of several incidents of sexual activity with a child and one matter of possession of an indecent image of a child.  Hannah dealt with the matter from the moment it began at the police station, through to the conclusion of proceedings.  The case was in depth and involved negotiations and psychiatric assessments.
  • R v D: Hannah represented a young person who had committed an array of offences including Possession of Class A, Possession with Intent to Supply Class B, Possession with Intent to Supply Class A, Section 20 GBH, Possession of a bladed article and Possession of Class B.  The client was a youth for some of the proceedings and the matters included a Trial, a Newton Hearing and several ancillary applications.  At the end of proceedings, the client received a very lenient sentence in light of his admitted offending.

Road Traffic

Hannah has a great amount of experience of defending clients charged with road traffic offences.

Hannah has defended clients charged with drink driving and has instructed scientific experts to comment on post-driving alcohol consumption and alcohol back-calculations. She is also familiar with all of the technical requirements and defences based upon police procedures.

Hannah has represented many clients charged with careless and dangerous driving. In defending these cases, Hannah has frequently worked with an expert witness consultancy which includes collision reconstruction experts and vehicle examiners.

Examples of road traffic cases:

  • R v Z: Hannah’s client was arrested for dangerous driving. Hannah attended the interview and following representations to the prosecution, her client was not prosecuted.
  • R v K:  Hannah’s client was charged with drink driving.  Hannah’s investigation and the findings of an instructed defence expert; found that the police officer had not followed the correct procedure when conducting the breath testing procedure.

Health & Safety

Hannah regularly assists the firm’s successful Health and Safety Department with both litigation support and advocacy.

Examples of Health & Safety cases:

  • HSE v D:  Hannah prosecuted a company for failing to ensure that work on a roof was carried out safely.  An employee of the company had fallen from height and sustained spinal injuries.  The company pleaded Guilty.
  • HSE v T:  Hannah assisted in the prosecution of a company who had put their tenants at risk of exposure to asbestos.  The company pleaded Guilty.

Fraud

Hannah has worked on a number of fraud cases and has gained a lot of experience of dealing with cases that involve considering huge amounts of evidence. Hannah has been able to assess this evidence and then ensure that her preparation results in the best outcome for her client.

Examples of fraud cases:

  • R v D: Representation of a Magistrate who was accused of several matters of Fraud on HM Court Service.  Despite the sentencing guidelines for this type of offence, as a result of significant preparation, the client did not go to prison.
  • R v C: Represented a client charged with committing a fraud upon their employer. This was a case involving a large amount of financial evidence and electronic material. As a result of the preparation of this defence, the prosecution offered no evidence on one count and significantly reduced the amount it alleged.

Regulatory

Hannah has been involved in regulatory cases as a result of the firm’s growing presence in this area.

Hannah is able to apply her criminal advocacy experience to these cases and is familiar with the various Rules of Practice and Sanctions guidance issued by different regulators.

Examples of regulatory cases:

  • NMC v K: The NMC applied for a suspension order in a case where it alleged serious professional misconduct. At the Interim Orders Hearing, the Panel was persuaded to impose the set of conditions Hannah suggested, which allowed her client to continue to practise.
  • IPCC v X: Hannah assisted in the defence of a serving police officer who was alleged to have assaulted a person he was investigating.

Outside work

Hannah devotes her spare time to all things equestrian.  She breaks and schools horses in addition to training and competing with her own horse, Solomon.  She ran the London Marathon in April 2017 raising money for the Children’s Society and loves to travel

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