Hannah Whitehouse

Called 2019


Hannah is a specialist family barrister. Hannah joined Chambers as a tenant in September 2020 after successfully completing her pupillage under the supervision of Julia Nelson and Simon Wilkinson.

Hannah accepts instructions in Private Law Children, Financial Remedies, Public Law Children and Family Law Act 1996 cases.

Hannah also accepts instructions via the Direct Access Scheme.

In private law, Hannah is regularly instructed in matters involving allegations of domestic abuse, implacable hostility, and parental alienation. Hannah also has a wealth of experience in representing parties in domestic abuse finding of fact hearings.

Hannah’s financial remedy practice encompasses modest to high value cases involving issues such as conduct, add-back, dissipation of assets, managing debts, pensions, and enforcement. Hannah has also delivered several webinars and published articles on the topic of costs in financial remedy proceedings.

Hannah also has significant experience in representing the Local Authority, parents, and children (through their children’s guardian) in public law proceedings, with her workload frequently encompassing allegations of non-accidental injury. Hannah has experience in managing vulnerable witnesses, including those that lack litigation capacity, and is accredited by the Bar Council for having completed vulnerable witness advocacy training.

Hannah has acted in lengthy cases lasting several weeks, in addition to her day-to-day practice in the family court. Hannah is known for her instinctive judgment on difficult decisions, client-handling and efficiency. Hannah has been praised for her probing and robust cross-examination technique by members of the Bench.

Areas of Expertise

"I'd like to especially thank Miss Hannah Whitehouse for her hard work and professional approach in court which was seen by everyone and I honestly believe without her help this would've been a totally different experience. She has gone above and beyond and is a total credit to Parklane Plowden Chambers, thank you!" - Lay client

  • ‘Failure to remove’ cases: when does the duty of care arise – and what is the impact on the family justice system? [2023] Fam Law 298 
  • Modest assets and the evolution of the financial remedy court, Family Law, July 2022, volume 52
  • Domestic Abuse: What do we do now?, Family Law Journal,  June 2021, Issue 204 - Click to view article
  • Modest assets at the time of Covid-19: practical considerations and cost-effective case management, Family Law issue 116, 2021

2018: BA (Hons) Law, University of Cambridge (Upper Second Class). 2019: LLM Legal Practice Course (Barristers), BPP University (Distinction, with an equivalent of an outstanding in the BPTC modules).

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