Hannah Fountain

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Hannah Fountain

Call: 2012 Inner Temple
LL.B. (Hons) University of Birmingham

Family

Hannah practises in all areas of family law including public and private law children, domestic abuse and financial remedies.

Hannah has represented parents, Local Authorities and Guardians ad Litem in public law proceedings. She has experience in cases involving neglect, domestic abuse and drug and alcohol misuse. Hannah has represented parents with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and mental health issues. She has experience of all stages of proceedings including multi-day contested final hearings.

Hannah also undertakes work in private law children matters and cases requiring injunctive relief, often representing clients at urgent hearings. Hannah has significant experience in dealing with disputes surrounding contact and residence and has represented clients at contested final hearings. Hannah has also been involved in private law disputes which necessitate the appointment of a Guardian to act on behalf the children. During her pupillage, Hannah represented a father in a two day fact finding hearing involving serious allegations of domestic violence where no findings were made against her client and a costs order was obtained in favour of her client. Hannah has also represented clients at appeals, including successfully appealing a final order for indirect contact only which was on a pro bono basis.

Hannah accepts instructions in relation to financial remedy proceedings. Hannah has experience of all stages of hearing and has negotiated fair settlements on behalf of her clients. She has experience of cases involving multiple assets of a low to modest value, often involving disputes as to the needs of the parties.

Civil

Hannah also accepts instructions in civil matters. She has experience in freezing injunctions, road traffic claims, small claims and fast track trials. Hannah recently represented a client at an Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) tribunal; the client had previously been refused ESA and Hannah successfully appealed that decision with the client being placed in the Support Group.

Hannah has been described by clients as “very thorough, kind and easy to get on with” and “very supportive”.

Background

Hannah graduated in Law from the University of Birmingham in 2011 and completed the BPTC at City Law School achieving a ‘Very Competent’. Hannah was awarded the Rosie Keane Memorial Scholarship by City Law School and was called to the Bar in 2012. Hannah was involved in various mooting competitions throughout her legal training and was the Vice President of Internal Mooting for the Inner Temple Mooting Committee in 2011-12.

Prior to pupillage, Hannah worked as an advocate at a charity for people with disabilities. Hannah dealt with a wide range of issues including child protection, adult safeguarding, homelessness, rehousing, domestic abuse and welfare benefits. Hannah qualified as a Level 2 Trainer for the Solihull Local Safeguarding Children Board during her time at the charity. As a result of this role, Hannah has a strong awareness of the challenges that clients with communication difficulties face and is accustomed to dealing with highly sensitive and emotive issues.

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