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Hannah is a second six pupil and now accepts instructions in both civil and criminal cases. She specialises in immigration, public law and human rights, inquests and civil actions against authorities.

Prior to joining the bar, Hannah worked as a solicitor specialising in immigration, public law and human rights. 

During her pupillage, Hannah has built on her expertise in this area through assisting in the preparation of numerous immigration and anti-trafficking related judicial reviews, immigration and asylum appeals and civil claims involving breaches of the Human Rights Act and Data Protection Act.  

She also gained experience working on inquests and actions against the police and public authorities, including supporting the work of Fiona Murphy KC and Alison Gerry on the Thomas Orchard Inquest. 

Background 

Hannah trained and qualified as a solicitor in the public law litigation team at an international law firm, where she advised and represented public bodies across a range of sectors and represented a core participant in a major Public Inquiry. 

Hannah continued to develop her expertise in public, immigration, European Union and European Human Rights law working as a solicitor at The AIRE (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) Centre. She has represented individuals in social security and deportation appeals before the First-tier and Upper Tribunals, assisted with complex immigration applications and contributed to third-party interventions before the UK Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and the European Court of Human Rights. 

She has delivered training to lawyers, NGOs and local councils across England and Wales on the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on immigration applications. She has also helped deliver training to judges, lawyers and NGOs in the Western Balkans to further understanding and implementation of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). She co-authored guides on the ECHR with current and former European Court of Human Rights judges on topics including the Protection of Human Rights during Times of EmergencyGender Equality and Discrimination on the Grounds of Sex and the ECHR and Balancing Data Protection with Transparent Justice.

Hannah has carried out pro bono work for the Asylum Support Appeals Project, Amicus, Oxford Pro Bono Publico and Oxford Legal Assistance. She represents individuals before the Asylum Support Appeals Tribunal and has previously worked as a legal intern for the Arizona Capital Representation Project, assisting with criminal appeals and strategic litigation challenging the death penalty. 

Publications
  • Les droits fondamentaux et la pandémie Covid-19 (Covid-19 and Human Rights), Ledi Bianku and Hannah Smith, Annales du droit Luxembourgeois (Volume 30 (2020))