Hannah is a Senior Legal Officer at the Permanent Bureau (Secretariat) of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, working in the area of international child protection. For three years Hannah worked predominantly with the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention and the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention and her role included preparing and participating in both parts of the sixth meeting of the Special Commission on the practical operation of these Conventions.Read More
Before joining the Hague Conference, Hannah practiced as a barrister at QEB for nearly five years. Her practice covered all areas of family law and she undertook a number of high profile ancillary relief and complex private law children matters. In 2006 she appeared in the High Court in the case of H v. H (Queen’s Proctor Intervening) (Validity of Japanese Divorce)  1 FLR 1318 as junior to Lucy Stone QC and in 2009 she appeared in the case of H v. H  EWHC 158 (Fam) as a junior to Lewis Marks QC. Hannah also has hands-on experience of legal practice in a foreign jurisdiction having worked for Californian trial attorneys, Howarth & Smith, in Los Angeles.
In 2008 Hannah was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship by Inner Temple. She spent three months working as a judicial assistant to Chief Justice Diana Bryant in the Family Court of Australia. Hannah taught family law at Cambridge University from 2006 to 2009, alongside her practice at the bar.
Appointments and Memberships
Cases and publications
H v. H (Queen’s Proctor Intervening) (Validity of Japanese Divorce)  1 FLR 1318
A Possible Future Instrument on International Surrogacy Arrangements: Are There ‘Lessons’ to be Learnt from the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention? (Chapter 26 of International Surrogacy Arrangements: Legal Regulation at the International Level, Editors Trimmings and Beaumont, Hart Publishing, 2013)
The 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention and subsidiarity: is the subsidiarity principle still “fit for purpose”? (A commitment to private international law: essays in honour of Hans van Loon, Intersentia, 2013, at p.343, co-author)
The International Family Justice Judicial Conference for Common Law and Commonwealth Jurisdictions  IFL 250
New Cohabitation Law in Australia  Fam Law 120
Family Law Down Under: Can the Old World Learn From the New?  IFL 165
The European Court of Justice and Brussels II Revised  IFL 18
MMR: Medicine, Mothers and Rights  CLJ 49
Education & Personal
Universiteit Utrecht (First Class in International and European Law).
Bar Vocational Course Grade: Outstanding (BPP).
Middle Temple Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the BVC.
Awarded the Queen Mother’s Scholarship in 2003 by Middle Temple.
Hannah has also worked as research assistant to Dr Andrew Bainham (Reader in Family Law and Policy) at Cambridge University.
Hannah lives in The Hague with her Dutch husband. She enjoys musical theatre (both watching and participating, if she is given the chance) and bikram yoga.