Solicitor
Juris Doctor, BA (Hons 1st Class), MA (Distinction)

Current Practice

Hannah's practice includes litigation and advisory work in matters involving constitutional law and administrative decision-making.  The subject areas in which these matters arise is diverse, and her clients include the Attorney-General, government departments, agencies and statutory authorities.

Hannah's litigation practice includes matters in the High Court's appellate and original jurisdictions, judicial review matters in the Supreme Court of Victoria, and acting for the Attorney-General in matters involving the interpretation of the Constitution.   She also advises clients on complex questions of statutory interpretation, legislative and executive power and Crown prerogatives, in areas including youth justice, human services and environmental regulation. 

Experience

Hannah recently acted for the Attorney-General in the High Court matter of Love v Commonwealth on the question of whether Aboriginal people can be 'aliens' under the Constitution, which involved conducting a constitutional intervention in a time-pressured and highly sensitive political environment.  She is currently involved in a judicial review proceeding in the Supreme Court that challenges the validity of an agreement made under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic).

Hannah was an Associate to the Honourable Justice Patrick Keane AC in the High Court of Australia, where she helped to prepare and research a wide variety of matters in the Court's appellate and original jurisdictions.

Prior to joining the VGSO, Hannah worked as a solicitor at a major commercial law firm on local and international project finance deals, primarily in the areas of energy and social infrastructure.  Her work included designing and negotiating contractual arrangements for the financing and execution of novel projects, as well as advising on technical regulatory schemes and issues of sovereign risk. 

Prior to her legal career, Hannah was a magazine journalist in the United Kingdom, where she developed her ability to effectively communicate complex information against tight deadlines.

Hannah has a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne, a Masters by Research in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland.