Hannah Willcocks is a specialist advocate in serious, financial and regulatory crime, cited as being ‘a first-class advocate and excellent lawyer, whose attention to detail is of the highest order’, ‘incredibly bright’, ‘very strong’ and ‘highly efficient’. Recommended now for 5 years in Chambers UK, as well as in Legal 500 2016 and 2017 for her work in criminal fraud / financial crime, Hannah has significant experience of exceedingly large, multi-handed and complex cases, which often involve an extra-jurisdictional dimension.
Acknowledged as having ‘a remarkable capacity for mastering volumes of material’, Hannah is also extremely adept at addressing intricate issues of fact and law, often under immense pressure of time. Highly organised and efficient, she is recognised for her ‘methodical’ thinking and diligence.
Recommended as a leading junior in criminal fraud/financial crime in Chambers UK since 2013 and in Legal 500 2016 and 2017, Hannah has an established reputation as a prosecution junior in large scale cases involving the most serious and complex white-collar crimes. She has recently been appointed to the Serious Fraud Office’s Prosecution Panel A list and has been a Grade 3 Advocate for the CPS Specialist Fraud Panel since 2013.
In 2005 Hannah was seconded to the Asset Forfeiture at the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office where she gained a significant grounding in asset forfeiture work. Since then she has sought to develop her expertise in both this area and that of confiscation. In 2013, Hannah was appointed to the CPS Specialist Proceeds of Crime Panel (Grade 2 Advocate).
Hannah is a Grade 3 Advocate for the CPS Specialist Serious Crime Panel and is also now a Grade 4 Advocate on the CPS General Crime Panel. She has significant experience of cases involving violent crime having both prosecuted and defended a very large number of such cases during the early years of her practice.
Having been instructed by both DEFRA (now CPS) and the FSA (now FCA) in two of their most complex cases to date, as well as having undertaken work for the Marine Management Organisation and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, Hannah has extensive experience of regulatory work.
From her work with both DEFRA (now CPS) and the Marine Management Organisation, Hannah possesses specialist knowledge and experience of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations and the regulatory Fishing Regime.
Also recognised for her expertise in prosecuting serious financial crime, Hannah was instructed in the FSA’s (now FCA) flagship prosecution of insider dealing.
The Encyclopedia of Road Traffic Law and Practice, (Sweet and Maxwell), co-editor 2003 to date.
Lloyd’s Law Reports: Financial Crime: case reporter.
South Eastern Circuit’s written response to the Lord Chancellor’s speech ‘What does a One Nation Justice Policy look like?’ (2015) contributor.
Teaching Fellow (part-time) at University College London: 2017 – 2018.
Co-presented Lexis Nexis webinar on Market Abuse and FCA Enforcement: 2015
Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University: 2013- 2015.
Discussion group member of the review of sanctions for disclosure failures organised by Lord Justice Gross: 2012.
MA Law by Research, Distinction (Dissertation on ‘The Fraud Act 2006 – Ten Years Later’ 80%), Queen Mary, University of London 2017.
BPP Law School, Bar Vocational Course 2001.
BPP Law School, Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Distinction (top of year) 2000.
B.A. Joint Honours, Modern Languages: French and German Second Class Honours (First Division), Bristol 1998.
Fraud Lawyers Association
South Eastern Circuit
Criminal Bar Association
Advisory Board of UCL Faculty of Law’s Centre for Criminal Law
SFO Prosecution Panel – A list 2017
CPS General Crime Panel Grade 4 (highest grade) 2016
CPS Specialist Fraud Panel Grade 3 2013
CPS Specialist Serious Crime Panel Grade 3 2013
CPS Specialist Proceeds of Crime Panel Grade 2 2013
Attorney General’s C List 2005