Hannah Thomas#5245

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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Admissibility of hearsay in criminal proceedings—preserved common law exceptions
Admissibility of hearsay in criminal proceedings—preserved common law exceptions
Practice notes

This Practice Note deals with the common law exceptions for admitting hearsay as evidence in criminal proceedings which are expressly preserved by section 118(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (CJA 2003). It details the categories of admissibility including the definition of ‘public information’. It then covers the position in relation to public documents, reputation as to character including bad character and good character. It deals with public statements, reputation evidence, res gestae, including statements accompanying an act, contemporaneous statements accompanying an act, contemporaneous statements relating to physical or mental state, the position in relation to confessions, admissions made by agents, common enterprise and expert evidence.

Challenging visual identification evidence
Challenging visual identification evidence
Practice notes

This Practice Note examines the principles the court will apply in deciding whether identification evidence can be excluded at trial. It identifies common breaches of Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE 1984) Code of Practice D, (PACE Code D) and explains the principles that govern the admissibility of dock identifications and recognition evidence. This Practice Note also examines the Turnbull guidelines or Turnbull Direction which must be given in cases where the prosecution relies wholly or substantially on identification or recognition evidence.

Defence disclosure in criminal proceedings—defence statements and defence witness notices
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
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.

Excluding evidence of bad character
Excluding evidence of bad character
Practice notes

This Practice Note covers the law in relation to excluding evidence of the defendant's bad character under section 101(3) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, and excluding evidence of 'bad character' under section 78 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE 1984). It deals in particular with evidence of a co-defendant's bad character, whether Article 6 of the ECHR is a bar to admissibility, and whether PACE 1984, s 78 operates to exclude bad character admitted as important explanatory evidence. It then deals with exclusion of evidence under the Criminal Procedure Rules. Finally it cover the forms and time limits for applications to exclude, in particular, applications to exclude the defendant's bad character and objecting to a non-defendant's bad character.

Exclusion of unfair evidence in criminal proceedings
Exclusion of unfair evidence in criminal proceedings
Practice notes

This Practice Note covers the test for exclusion of evidence under section 78 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE 1984). It includes information on applications to exclude evidence on grounds of breach of the PACE 1984 codes of practice and tainted interviews. This Practice Note also explains how to make an application to exclude video-recorded evidence-in-chief and for the exclusion of evidence obtained by surveillance. It covers the procedure for making an application to exclude evidence and voir dire.

Obtaining disclosure of unused evidence
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.

Obtaining third-party disclosure in criminal proceedings
Obtaining third-party disclosure in criminal proceedings
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains how third-party material needs to be identified in the Defence case statement. It covers the investigators duties under the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 Code of Practice to pursue all reasonable lines of enquiry and the disclosure obligations of crown servants and the impact of public interest immunity (PII). It explains how to obtain disclosure from a third party directly and how to apply for a witness summons for production of material under the Criminal Procedure Rules. Links are provided to the Disclosure Protocol, Disclosure: A Protocol for the Control and Management of Unused Material in the Crown Court and an explanation of how wasted costs may be awarded in unmeritorious third-party applications for disclosure.

The service of prosecution evidence in Crown Court proceedings
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.

Other work

Documentary hearsay—CJA 2003, s 117
Documentary hearsay—CJA 2003, s 117

This Flowchart assists criminal law practitioners to determine the admissibility of documentary hearsay in criminal proceedings under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (CJA 2003), section 117. It poses a series of questions for lawyers to consider in assessing whether the evidence is admissible under the documentary hearsay provisions of CJA 2003, s 117.

Practice Area

Panel

  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 2016

Membership

  • 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

Education

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

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