London, United Kingdom
Hannah's area of expertise is litigation concerning wills, probate, trusts and works of art, in which she has specialised since qualifying as a solicitor in 2006. Following qualification, she practised first as a solicitor at Speechly Bircham LLP and Harcus Sinclair LLP before joining Vardags as a director in February 2017.
She advises private individuals challenging or defending, the validity of wills and, in circumstances in which there is a valid will or no will, and sufficient provision has not been made under the will or under the intestacy rules, she acts for clients bringing claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. She can also assist in circumstances in which there are concerns over the way in which an estate is being administered and advises private and professional executors of estates in relation to which challenges are being brought by aggrieved beneficiaries.
In the area of trust litigation, she has extensive experience acting for professional trustees, trust companies and private individuals in a range of potentially and fully contentious situations, both in a domestic context and where cross-border elements are involved. She contributes a chapter on the administrative duties of trustees in the looseleaf service, Planning and Administration of Offshore and Onshore Trusts, published by Bloomsbury Professional.
Hannah holds a Diploma from the Institute of Art and Law and has acted in a number of cases, for both private individuals and trustees, in which the ownership of works of art has been in issue. Her recent cases have included acting for a client who had been defrauded of a valuable work of art by an agent in London, to whom it had been consigned for sale, to recover the work from a third party in New York.
Solicitor, Private Client Contentious Trusts and Estates
Solicitor, latterly Associate, Contentious Trusts and Probate
Disputed wills and probate - recent cases:
Trust litigation - recent cases:
Art litigation - recent cases:
2002 - 2003
Postgraduate Diploma in Law
1999 - 2000
MSc Environmental Change and Management
1996 - 1999
BA (Hons) Biological Sciences
2003 - 2004
Legal Practice Course
Hannah was the senior solicitor working under the partner acting for the beneficiaries of two significant trusts seeking to remove protectors.Although not a final hearing, this reported case is significant in that it is one of the first time the standing of protectors under English law trusts has been addressed by the Court in England and Wales.
Acting for a client defending a claim that her pension was an asset held on trust by her for the benefit of her former partners in a solicitors' practice, from which she had retired in 2014.
The objects of ACTAPS are to provide a forum for specialists to exchange experience, know-how and an appreciation of the law and statutes in this specialist area; to hold seminars, conferences and meetings for the discussion of contentious trust and probate issues; to promote the enhancement of the specific skills specialisation and expertise in this area by the provision of education and training and, where possible, to enable representations to be made to the appropriate governmental and judicial bodies in relation to contentious trust and probate issues.
The global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning.