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Hannah Haines

Year of call 2005, Inner Temple  

Areas of Expertise
Court of Protection, Inquests & Public Inquiries


Hannah’s experience at the Bar has led her to the position of joint Head of the Court of Protection team and she brings wealth of experience to this role. Hannah’s specialised practice now incorporates Court of protection, Inquests and Clinical Negligence. Hannah acutely understands the sensitivities her work necessitates. She is adaptable and committed to providing an excellent service those who instruct her. She is happy to deal matters outside of normal hours to ensure deadlines are met, or in the event that an urgent application needs to be made.



As joint Head of the Court of Protection Team, Hannah has supervisory oversight of the wider group and strategic responsibility for its progress. In her own practice, Hannah is hugely experienced in dealing with mental capacity issues in the Court of Protection and in the High Court. She is often instructed in cases where the capacity issues related to claims for Personal Injury claims.

Hannah represents all parties including patients by way of instructions by the Official Solicitor and Accredited Legal Representatives, family members, Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS Trusts both in section 21A and section 16 health and welfare applications, and in property and affairs cases.

Hannah accepts instructions in both interim and contested final hearings covering a range of issues including complex matters such as sexual relations, restraint, social media, covert medication, hoarding and medical treatment.


Hannah’s expertise has led to a strong reputation in dealing with deaths which involve some concern regarding the suitability of medical treatment and treatment for mental health conditions in cases of suicide. She has conducted many Articles 2 and jury inquests, both on behalf of families and the NHS, and deals regularly with allegations of neglect and where Prevention of Future Deaths reports are being considered. Hannah is a skilled advocate, and questioning questioning both medical witnesses, and experts, in a coronial context comes with ease.


Hannah has a particular interest in clinical negligence and has expertise in a wide range of areas including high value cases of up to £1,000,000. She has a particular interest in cases involving complex medical issues, and regularly conducts conferences involving experts from multiple disciplines. Hannah is adept at explaining complicated issues clearly and sensitively to clients.


Hannah regularly provides both in-house and client training on all areas of her work.


Fee Paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health)
Court of Protection Judge (tier 1)


Personal Injury Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association


BA (Hons) Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology, Keble College, Oxford University

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