I am an Associate in the Dispute Resolution team specialising in the food industry with over 10 years’ experience. I advise businesses on a wide range of legal matters within this industry including:
- Appealing over-zealous enforcement action, such as the inappropriate service of Remedial Action Notices and Hygiene Improvement Notices;
- Defending criminal prosecutions in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court;
- Reviewing and advising a food businesses operational procedures such as HACCP and crisis management plans; and
- General challenges to the lawfulness of a regulator’s decision making via Judicial Review.
Along with advising clients, I am currently expanding my industry knowledge through undertaking a Masters Degree in Food Law.
I also advise clients on all aspects of insolvency and corporate recovery matters. This includes acting for a wide range of clients such as, Insolvency Practitioners in the recovery of assets for the benefit of the insolvent estate and for individuals who require practical advice regarding the options available to them when in financial difficulty.
Joined SAS Daniels:2016
What people say about me:"Hannah has acted for us for many years and is one of our trusted advisers. She has an excellent knowledge of food regulatory law and is an expert in her field. She provides clear, straight-talking commercial advice. We would highly recommend her.” (Peter Hewson, Veterinary Director, Association of Independent Meat Suppliers)
Senior Associate, Hannah Leese, is "noted for her experience of the food sector." and is a key member of the commercial litigation team. (Legal 500, 2018)
Why I'm no ordinary professional:I work with my clients, not for them. I endeavour to add value both in terms of specific pieces of legal advice and by having one eye on my clients’ long term objectives.
Above anything else I enjoy what I do. My job is often challenging and can sometimes involve "burning the midnight oil" but that’s just part and parcel of life as a solicitor and I thrive on it.
A bit about me
What three items would you take if you were going to be isolated on a desert island?
A good book, chocolate and Bear Grylls.
What’s the best place you’ve visited and why?
A few years ago my dad and I went on a three week adventure holiday in the American Wild West. We rode our trusty steeds from ranch to ranch, stopping off to visit places like Tombstone and Butch Cassidy’s famous hideaway. It was the holiday of a life time!
What is your favourite quote?
"If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you." (Bryan Mills/Liam Neeson in Taken)