Hannah Wood

Hannah Wood

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 2007

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Hannah studied Politics at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 2003 with a First Class Honours Degree. She went on to achieve a Distinction in the Graduate Diploma in Law from Nottingham Law School. Having received a Lord Denning Scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn, Hannah took the Bar Vocational Course and joined Chambers in 2007. She practises in all areas of Family Law.

Hannah is a former junior international athlete and continues to be involved in the sport as a spectator and participant when time permits.

Expertise

  • Family - Children

    Public Law

    Hannah spent a number of years at the Criminal bar before transferring to Family Practice. Her wealth of advocacy experience in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts is invaluable in contested hearings where she excels at the cross examination of witnesses and experts alike. She has vast experience in cross-examining in cases involving allegations of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

    Hannah has an approach that lends itself to dealing with clients who are vulnerable due to learning disabilities, mental health issues or substance abuse, ensuring that her language and communication skills are adapted appropriately for conferences and witness handling in court. She takes instructions in care proceedings from Local Authorities, parents, children and other parties at all levels, including final hearings. She has been regularly instructed in relation to Public Interest Immunity matters in the Crown Court.

    Private Law

    Hannah takes instructions in private law children matters dealing with a range of issues such as the nature and frequency of contact, disputes over with whom the child should reside, religious/educational upbringing, emotional abuse, allegations of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

    She has vast experience in contested cases before the Magistrates and her experience lends itself to work within this arena.

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  • Family - Finance

    One of Hannah’s key strengths lies in her negotiation skills and that, coupled with an eye for detail, renders her a strong choice for matrimonial finance matters. She provides settlement advice pre issue and beyond and takes instructions in all hearings including FDAs, FDRs, and contested final hearings. She is approachable with clients and is happy to speak to solicitors on an informal basis throughout the duration of a case.

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