Hannah Bakshani

Pupil Barrister Hannah Bakshani

Hannah joined chambers as a tenant in October 2022 following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Joseph O’Brien.

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 has also 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.

Scholarships

  • Cassel Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)

Education

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

Memberships

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

Expertise

  • Court of Protection

    During pupillage, Hannah has built a busy practice in the Court of Protection, and has expanded her expertise in Health and Welfare, and Property and Affairs cases. Hannah 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’s instructions span a broad spectrum of issues and she has advised on cases concerning fluctuating, retrospective and mixed 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 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 and capacity to engage in sexual relations. These cases were often determined at fact finding hearings and involved detailed cross examination of expert witnesses.

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