Hannah Thornley Called to the Bar 2003

Hannah is an experienced advocate and litigator. She appears regularly in the High Court and advises on domestic and international cases which are often of a complex or urgent nature. Hannah has also appeared as a junior in the Court of Appeal, the Privy Council and the House of Lords.

After her studies of company and commercial law at Cambridge University and her study of corporate insolvency law at Oxford University, Hannah has built up a wealth of expertise in disputes relating to companies and insolvencies, as well as cases which include general commercial, contractual and corporate issues during her years of practice at the Bar.

Hannah has advised, represented or appeared in Court for numerous UK, international and high-profile banks, companies and private individuals. Hannah has acted for or against directors, shareholders, trustees, creditors, debtors, landlords, insolvency practitioners, accountants, solicitors, barristers, insurers, politicians and celebrities. She has acted for or against the Secretary of State for Business, the Home Secretary, the Insolvency Service, the Official Receiver and HMRC on a number of occasions, including having appeared for HMRC in the winders Court with between 100 to 200 petitions per morning. Clients Hannah is able to mention include: the administrators of Lehman Brothers; KPMG; Alixpartners; Lloyds TSB; HSBC; Natwest; Bank of Ireland; Standard Chartered Bank; Abbey National; Anglo-Irish Bank; Volksbank; Commerzbank; Agricultural Development Bank of Trinidad & Tobago; Funding Circle; the Company that previously owned Manchester City Football Club; Boris Becker; Johnston Press Group; British Airways Pension Trustees; Unilever; Oracle Corporation, Landlords in Games Station; Landlords in Woolworths; Suppliers of Monarch; Suppliers of House of Fraser; BHS; Phones 4u; Connaught; Barratts; Birthdays; Toys R Us; Oracle; Courts; Premier International Foods; Thomson Directories; the proposed administrators of the Dial-A-Cab credit union; Dawnay Day; East London Bus Group; London Mining plc; Oilexco; Assetco Group; Lemma Insurance; Independent Insurance; UIC Insurance; Brit Insurance; the National House Building Council and Highways England.

Hannah was appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel) from 2 September 2019 for five years. Competition is fierce and only candidates of the highest quality are appointed.

In May 2016, Hannah was appointed as a specialist legal adviser to the Work and Pensions and Business Innovation and Skills House of Commons Select Committees in relation to the BHS inquiry.

In January 2018, Hannah was again appointed as a specialist legal adviser to the Work and Pensions and Business House of Commons Select Committees in relation to the Carillion Inquiry.

Hannah was recommended as an “up and coming” junior in Chambers & Partners 2014. She was ranked in Chambers &Partners 2015 and was described as: “a very robust advocate”. She was ranked in Chambers & Partners 2017 where it stated that she “is highly recommended for her technical aptitude and pragmatic approach”. It further states that: “Hannah clearly knows the law inside out”. Hannah is ranked again in Chambers and Partners 2018 and in 2019 where she is described as “Hugely impressive” and “Very good, knows her stuff and is easy to work with”. In 2020 Hannah is described as “Talented and a real team player”.



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