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Hanna is a recognised leader in the field of defamation, privacy and breach of confidence, having acted in a number of landmark cases in the High Court.

As well as litigation, Hanna has a wealth of experience in media and crisis management and advises clients on strategies for preventing and dealing with significant reputational attacks. She is able to put a responsive strategy in place quickly and effectively when clients are facing unwanted media attention. She skilfully manages media storms.

Hanna also acts for her clients in more general litigation, regulatory matters, employment disputes and inquests where maintaining reputation or privacy is key. She has been involved in a number of high profile inquests, disciplinary hearings, employment claims and sports disputes, representing clients in the High Court, before coroners and before governing and regulatory bodies.

Chambers UK describes Hanna as “exceptional” and recognises that she “gains the confidence of clients in sometimes quite difficult circumstances.”

The Legal 500 UK describes Hanna as “first rate” and “highly knowledgeable.”

Qualified 1999, joined Payne Hicks Beach as a partner 2017.

Hanna is ranked by Chambers UK 2024 as a Leading Individual for Defamation/Reputation Management. The directory recognises Hanna for “her expertise in representing high-profile clients in an array of reputation management concerns including advising on privacy injunctions and confidentiality agreements, as well as data protection issues.”  Commentators say that Hanna “is good at dealing with both corporate claims and individual claimants,” and “she is effective in building relationships with clients and delivering results for them.”

The Legal 500 UK 2024 ranks Hanna as a Leading Individual under Reputation Management, and is recommended under two other categories.  The directory notes Hanna’s “extensive experience in defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection, with particular expertise in pre-publication situations.” Hanna is described as a “safe pair of hands” and “very experienced,” as well as “excellent, sensible, pragmatic and fearless in her advocacy for her client.” She is commended for being an “astute and commercially minded lawyer who is able to assist clients who have reputational issues to achieve the best result in the best way.”

Ranked as a Leading Individual in Chambers High Net Worth 2023, Hanna is described as “a standout, brilliant practitioner” who is “extremely helpful and provides unparalleled client-centred service, always going above what is expected.” She is further recognised for being “very calm and pragmatic and sees the bigger picture,” as well as being “great at negotiating for her clients.”

Hanna has been listed as a “Top Recommended Reputation & Privacy Lawyer” in the Spear’s 500 for six consecutive years and is listed in the Spear’s Reputation Lawyers Index 2024.