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Hannah Slarks

Hannah Slarks

Hannah Slarks

Practice Overview

Hannah’s practice spans all aspects of public, regulatory, employment and commercial law.

As a public lawyer, Hannah represents both claimants and defendants.  She has acted on both sides of high profile judicial reviews.  Her broad experience encompasses areas such as: contractual disputes with public bodies; procurement; unlawful detention; human rights; education; inquests and information law.  She has particular expertise in community care and healthcare.  Hannah’s public law practice builds on her past experience in the public and third sector.  Before coming to the Bar, she worked for a number of charities and public bodies, including the Public Law Project, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, INQUEST and the Care Quality Commission.

In commercial and employment law, Hannah’s recent experience includes complex whistleblowing and discrimination claims, bonus disputes and a landmark multi-billion pound tax case.  She has acted as a conciliator in shareholders’ disputes.  She frequently advises on the intersection between employment law and other specialist areas, such as insolvency, commercial agency and data protection.

Hannah has two Double First Class degrees. She was rated ‘Outstanding’ on the Bar Professional Training Course. While studying, she won a number of high profile advocacy competitions, including the National Debating Championships and the Times Advocacy Competition.

Hannah is on the Government Legal Department’s C Panel of Counsel.  She writes for Tolley’s Employment Handbook. 


Community care and healthcare

Currently acting for a group of local authorities challenging the Government’s failure to fund adequately the implementation of the deprivation of liberty regime, led by James Goudie QC.

Acted for LB Lewisham in a landmark case concerning how local authorities assess families’ eligibility for support when they have no recourse to public funds, led by Clive Sheldon QC. R (Project Seventeen) v Lewisham LBC R (Project Seventeen) v Lewisham LBC [2015] CO/3536/201.

Represented Stockport NHS Foundation Trust in complex judicial review proceedings challenging the reconfiguration of general surgical services across Manchester, led by Jason Coppel QC, instructed by Bevan Brittan.  R (Keep Wythenshawe Special) v NHS Central Manchester CCG [2016] EWHC 17 (Admin), (2016) 19 CCL Rep 19, CO/4920/2015.

Successfully defended a local authority as sole counsel in a judicial review concerning delays during the transition of a vulnerable adult between young person’s and adult’s services.  R (D) v Brent LBC [2015] EWHC 3224 (Admin).

Successfully defended a local authority in a judicial review challenging a decision to close all the Council-run care homes for older people, led by Karen Steyn QC. R (Jackson) v Devon CC CO/4296/2014. 

Acted as sole counsel for a local authority defending a challenge to a change of the opening hours of respite services. R (Taylor and Wilson) v Sutton LBC CO/1817/2015.

Represented the Department of Health in a potential challenge to the compensation scheme for those who contracted Hepatitis C from contaminated blood products, led by Clive Sheldon QC.

Regularly acts in Court of Protection proceedings concerning deprivation of liberty and the best interests of vulnerable adults.  In particular, Hannah recently appeared for the Ministry of Defence in a complex case concerning whether it was in the best interests of an injured ex-serviceman to return to Fiji with his family or receive superior medical care in the UK.

Many appearances before Continuing Healthcare review panels on behalf of families.

Counsel to the British Red Cross, advising on how rights to preventative care could be strengthened in the Care Bill. Hannah's advice formed the basis of a number of amendments proposed in the House of Lords.

Other public law and human rights

Instructed to represent Liberty intervening in the Supreme Court in the black cab rapist case.  This case will decide the scope of the positive obligations on the policy under Article 3.

Acted for the Gulf Centre for Human Rights in a challenge to the Government’s controversial changes to the Ministerial Code, instructed by Leigh Day, led by Jason Coppel QC.

Acting as sole counsel, successfully represented the Ministry of Justice in a case about whether a prisoner should be relocated due to his wife’s disability.  This has become a leading decision on the application of the Government’s reforms to remedy in judicial review under s.31 Senior Courts Act.  R (Hawke) v Secretary of State for Justice [2016] ACD 56, [2015] EWHC 4093 (Admin), [2015] EWHC 3599 (Admin).

Acting as sole counsel, successfully represented the Governor of HMP Wandsworth in a case about a serious offender’s access to IT facilities within prison.  R (Lewis Wood) v Governor of HMP Wandsworth CO/3390/2015.

Successfully acted as sole counsel on behalf of the claimant in an unlawful detention damages claim, instructed by Duncan Lewis. Buyinza v Secretary of State for the Home Department CO/5765/2013.

Successfully represented an unlawfully detained Iranian prisoner, instructed by Leigh Day. R (Mohammadi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department CO/10119/2013.

Successfully represented the Save Farm Terrace Association in a judicial review challenging the Secretary of State’s grant of permission for the sale of allotments, instructed by Deighton Pierce Glynn.  Led by Jason Coppel QC. R (Moore) v Secretary of State for Local Government [2015] ACD 44.

Acted for a group of London Boroughs in a complex judicial review challenging a decision to close 10 Inner London fire stations, led by Dan Stilitz QC.  R. (on the application of Islington LBC) v Mayor of London [2013] EWHC 4142 (Admin). 

Brought judicial review proceedings, acting for a group of Muslim prisoners who had been fed halal meat contaminated with pork, instructed by Kesar & Co.  Led by Paul Nicholls QC.  R (Dahir) v Secretary of State for Justice CO/5120/2013.


Acted for LB Wandsworth in a case raising issues concerning the cooperation between multiples agencies in the care of a vulnerable adult, led by Joanne Clement.

Acted for the family of the deceased in inquest proceedings concerning a death in court cells, instructed by Irwin Mitchell.

Advised the residents association in relation to the eleven week Lakanal House Fire inquest, instructed by Leigh Day.

Acted for Cumbria County Council in an inquest concerning the death of a mentally ill adult receiving care in the community. The inquest raised issues surrounding the scope of the Article 2 procedural obligation.

Procurement and contractual disputes with public authorities

Acted for LB Southwark in an important dispute concerning how local authorities may collect water rates on behalf of water suppliers, led by Charles Bourne QC.  Jones v LB Southwark [2016] EWHC 457 (Ch), [2016] HLR 14, Ch Div, March 4 2016.

Advised several criminal legal aid firms bringing challenging the process and outcome of the Criminal Legal Aid tender process in 2015.

Acted for a public authority in a contractual dispute turning on compliance with EU public procurement requirements. Led by Nigel Giffin QC.

Advised a local authority in a contractual dispute turning on the construction of a “best endeavours” clause when applied to public bodies. Led by James Goudie QC.

Information law

Acted for the Governor of the Cayman Islands, bringing the first ever judicial review of a decision of the Caymanian Information Commissioner.  Led by Charles Bourne QC.

Advised a local authority in relation to proceedings brought by a large group of claimants who claimed to have been affected by breaches of the Data Protection Act.  Led by Nigel Giffin QC.

Employment law

Acted sole counsel for the appellant in the EAT in the leading case on the interaction between early conciliation obligations and applications to add new respondents to a claim, instructed by Charles Russell Speechlys: Drake International Systems Ltd v Blue Arrow Ltd  UKEAT/282/15, [2016] ICR 445, EAT, January 27 2016.

Acted for the claimant a multi-million pound discrimination claim against a bank.

Successfully represented a multi-national company in a dispute concerning the application of a bonus scheme to members of their sales team.

Acted for the Secretary of State in O’Brien v the Ministry of Justice and the associated discrimination claims concerning the rights of part-time judges.  With John Cavanagh QC, Charles Bourne QC and Rachel Kamm.

Appeared for a consortium of South London local authorities in a case concerning the application of TUPE following the termination of a major externalised contract to provided careers information, advice and guidance. Led by Peter Oldham QC.

Commercial law

Instructed by Ingenious Media as part of the legal team defending a landmark multi-billion pound tax dispute concerning the scope of tax breaks to the British film industry.

Jointly instructed as an informal conciliator in a dispute between shareholders.

Acted in litigation concerning the termination of a commercial agency contract.

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Professional title: Barrister

Full name (as registered with Bar Standards Board of England and Wales):
Hannah Slarks

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