Hannah Thomas

Barrister, 2 Hare Court
Hannah is a tenant at 2 Hare Court specialising in criminal law, professional discipline and inquests and inquiries.

Hannah has developed a busy and varied practice during her short time at the Bar, mainly in crime, where she is valued for her excellent client care skills and tenacious advocacy. Hannah is a fearless advocate, which is best shown by the fact that she appeared in an appeal in the High Court during her pupillage.

Hannah’s advocacy skills also translate well into the professional discipline field, where she represents regulators and registrants alike in all manner of hearings. Hannah has received instructions in cases before the GMC, GOC, GDC and NMC. She has been praised by tribunals for her concise and persuasive advocacy.

Hannah also regularly acts as second junior or disclosure counsel in inquiries and represents lay clients at inquests across the country. Her experience has involved advising core participants in the Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and representing medical professionals who have been listed as interested persons in inquest proceedings.

Hannah received her primary and secondary education in Wales where she grew up, and later went on to study Psychology at the University of Warwick in 2011. She then pursued a career at the Bar, studying law at City University London. She undertook pupillage at 2 Hare Court where she has been a tenant since 2019.
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Defence disclosure in criminal proceedings—defence statements and defence witness notices
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the disclosure requirements on defendants in criminal proceedings. It explains when a defence case statement must be served under section 5 of the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA 1996) and the requirement on the accused to give the prosecution and the court a defence witness notice. The Practice Note also explains the form and content requirements of a defence case statement under the CPIA 1996, s 5 and the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020, SI 2020/759 (CrimPR) as well as the time limits for serving defence disclosure during a criminal prosecution. The contents of a defence witness notice are explained along with the sanctions for non-compliance with the statutory duty of disclosure and the adverse inferences which can be drawn for failure to serve a defence case statement are explains. Links to the Law Society practice note: Defence witness notices and the Bar Standards Board: Preparation of Defence Case Statements guidance are also provided.

Disclosure in the magistrates’ court
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the obligations placed on the prosecution and the defence to serve disclosure in the magistrates’ courts under the Criminal Procedure Rules (CrimPR). It covers the disclosure of the initial details of the prosecution case (IDPC), prosecution initial disclosure and prosecution secondary disclosure under the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA 1996) and also explores the extent of the obligations on the defence to serve a defence statement (defence case statement) and to provide defence witness lists in the magistrates’ court.

Obtaining disclosure of unused evidence
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the statutory duty on the prosecution of the disclosure of unused evidence in criminal proceedings. It covers when such prosecution disclosure should take place and what unused material should be disclosed. It covers the continuing duty of disclosure and the consequences of a failure to make disclosure of unused evidence. It explains the obligations both on the prosecution and the defence in the context of the statutory regime set out in the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA 1996) and the Code of Practice under the CPIA 1996 along with the CPS Disclosure Manual, Judicial Protocol on the Disclosure of Unused Material in Criminal cases, and the Attorney General's guidelines on disclosure. It covers criticisms of the disclosure process, the scheduling of unused non-sensitive and sensitive material, handling electronic material and the disclosure review document.

The service of prosecution evidence in Crown Court proceedings
Practice notes

This Practice Note covers the service of prosecution evidence under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (CDA 1998) and the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020, SI 2020/759 (CrimPR). It deals with the requirements for the form in which evidence is served and how defence objections are dealt with.

Practice areas


  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Women in Criminal Law
  • Private Prosecutors Association
  • Government Legal Department Junior Junior Scheme
  • CPS Panel Advocate, level 1


  • Contributing Author


  • BPTC, City University London
  • GDL, City University London
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, First Class, University of Warwick

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