Hannah Simpson

Called 2000

Practice overview

For more than 17 years, Hannah has practised in all areas of child care law, but predominantly public law. Hannah has represented local authorities, parents, children’s guardians and the Official Solicitor in extremely complex, high-profile cases involving conflicting medical opinion, serious sexual abuse of adults and children, serious physical abuse of children involving non-accidental injuries and child death and factitious illness syndrome. 

Hannah has been recognised by solicitors as being particularly skilled in in representing vulnerable parents and those with learning difficulties. Hannah has been led by Queens Counsel on a number of occasions.  Hannah regularly deals with matters such as disclosure and Public Interest Immunity.

In addition, Hannah undertakes work in the Coroners court representing interested parties.   She is keen to expand her practice in Court of Protection Cases.

Practice areas

Public law

Court of Protection


Forced Marriage & FGM

Recent cases 

Representing a children’s guardian within care proceedings where a child had died. 

Representing parents in a number of cases involving very serious intergenerational familial sexual abuse. 

Representing mother in complex care proceedings where there had been previous extensive relevant litigation including a lengthy inquest and a number of high court probate proceedings and a judicial review. Led by Marianna Hildyard QC.

Reported cases

Re FM (A Child: fractures: bone density) [2015] EWFC B26

Re C (Contact Order : Variation) [2008] 2 All ER 167

Professional background

Hannah graduated in Law from Nottingham Trent University in 1999 and was called to the Bar in 2000. Between 2000 and 2001 she worked as a Referral Order Liaison Officer for the Nottingham Youth Offending Team. Following a predominantly family law pupillage in 2001 at 4 Brick Court, London, she practised there until joining St. Mary’s Chambers in April 2007.