Hannah Bakshani – Pupil Barrister

Pupil Barrister Hannah Bakshani

Hannah is currently undertaking pupillage under the supervision of Joseph O’Brien. She is in her second six and accepting instructions. Hannah has expertise in Health and Welfare, and Property and Affairs cases, and acts for all parties, including the protected party (‘P’), statutory bodies and family members. Hannah also accepts instructions to draft statements of facts and grounds which she aims to prepare quickly.

Hannah is now developing a busy Court of Protection practice and has advised on cases concerning fluctuating and retrospective capacity, covert medication regimes, the validity of Lasting Powers of Attorney, obligations of local authorities under the Care Act 2014, use of restraint and the interaction between P’s Article 5 and Article 8 rights under the European Convention of Human Rights. Hannah also has an interest in the intersection between the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Mental Health Act 1983 and hopes to build this into her practice.

As Joe O’Brien’s pupil, Hannah has observed a number of complex cases including those concerning P’s capacity to use the internet and social media, capacity to marry and the issue of forced marriage, capacity to engage in sexual relations, and the authorisation of covert medication regimes. These cases were often determined at fact finding hearings and involved detailed cross examination of expert witnesses.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Hannah worked as a paralegal in the public law and human rights department of a large national law firm. Hannah gained comprehensive experience of (and a great passion for) Court of Protection proceedings. Hannah also assisted in a broad range of judicial review proceedings including those concerning medical treatment and changes to social care provision, but most frequently in cases with a health and social care component. Hannah is hoping to expand on her experience of public law proceedings as her practice grows.

Hannah also has experience of prison law, having worked as a prison lawyer, where she represented clients at prison adjudications and before the Parole Board.

Hannah is an accredited civil and commercial mediator.


  • Cassel Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)


  • BPTC (Very Competent), BPP
  • LLM (Distinction), University of Nottingham
  • LLB (2:1), University of Nottingham


  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Court of Protection Bar Association
  • Constitutional and Administrative Bar Association
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers