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Hannah Cheesebrough

Solicitor

Hannah is a solicitor in our Crime, Fraud and Regulatory team. 

She represents clients throughout the criminal justice process, from police investigations, including when the client has not been formally identified as a suspect, to defending proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal. She has worked on a diverse caseload including murder, drug importation, terrorism, protest law, sexual offences, perverting the course of justice, fraud and confiscation. See the ‘Experience’ below for more information on Hannah’s expertise.

Hannah represents a wide range of clients including challenging and vulnerable individuals, and defends cases where the client’s fitness to plead is in issue. 

Education and career
  • Hannah graduated from the University of Kent with a BA in Philosophy and Politics – First Class Honours
  • She then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at the University of Law – Commendation
  • Hannah then completed the Legal Practice Course at BPP – Distinction
Experience
Fraud, financial crime and regulation

Hannah is experienced in defending complex financial crime and ancillary issues such as confiscation and restraint orders, including variation of orders, both prior to and following conviction.

In addition to experience of cases under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA), Hannah has significant experience of cases brought under the Criminal Justice Act 1988, including applying for a Certificate of Inadequacy in circumstances where realisable property is inadequate to pay the Confiscation Order.

Hannah has defended clients accused of offences such as money laundering, copyright theft, handling stolen goods and fraud by false representation contrary to the Fraud Act 2006.

Protest

Hannah is part of the experienced team at Bindmans who deal with protest-related investigations and prosecutions. Hannah has represented protestors from a variety of movements, from environmental protests, to Black Lives Matter. This includes at the police station stage, drafting representations not to prosecute through to proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court, and during appeal proceedings.

Hannah acts in cases where defences such as necessity and issues of proportionality in relation to interference with human rights are raised. She also has particular expertise acting for clients accused of assaulting emergency workers during the course of protest demonstrations.

Sexual offences

Hannah regularly represents clients accused of sexual offences from pre-charge representation at the investigation stage to Crown Court proceedings. Such cases include possession and distribution of indecent images.

Drug-related offences

Hannah is experienced in defending clients for a range of drug-related offences including Possession with Intent to Supply and importation offences.

Terrorism offences

Hannah represents individuals accused of terrorism-related offences, including allegations of breaching Orders such as Temporary Exclusion Orders (TEOs). Hannah also advises individuals who are subject to Terrorism, Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs).

She is also experienced in defending terrorism cases in the Crown Court for offences under the Terrorism Act 2006, including disseminating terrorist publications (s2), and offences under the Terrorism Act 2000 such as belonging to a proscribed organisation (s11), fundraising and funding (s15, s17), and possession and collection of terrorist material (s57 and s58).  

Violent and weapon-related offences

Hannah regularly acts for clients in proceedings for violent offences and those involving weapons. She has experience acting for clients accused of a range of such offences including, murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, and possession of a bladed article.

Conspiracies

Hannah represents clients accused of conspiring to commit offences, such as conspiracy to convert criminal property, conspiracy to kidnap, and conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Multiple-jurisdictional issues

Hannah has worked closely with Bindmans Partner Tayab Ali on the firm’s International Law practice. She has assisted on a number of criminal cases involving factual and legal issues arising in multiple jurisdictions, including those regarding human rights violations.

Road traffic

Hannah represents clients from the early stages of police road traffic investigations and prosecutions from speeding to careless and dangerous driving, and has succeeded in obtaining diversions away from prosecution in cases of careless driving. Thishas become even more important now that serious injury caused by careless driving can attract a custodial sentence. She is also experienced in advising clients suspected of drink driving offences who are facing allegations for failing to provide a specimen, as well as special reasons mitigation.

Police records

Hannah regularly advises on and makes applications to have information held on the police database erased and cautions expunged. This is particularly relevant with regards to DBS checks.

Criminal complaints

Hannah has prepared complaints to the police and other legal and political institutions, and has assisted in the preparation of private prosecutions.

Professional memberships
  • Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association (YFLA)
  • Women in Criminal Law (WICL)
  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA)
  • Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum (DELF)
  • Financial Services Lawyers’ Association (FSLA)
  • Hannah acted as Chair of the Human Rights Lawyers Association’s Young Lawyers Committee for two years and remains an active member