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About Us

The firm’s roots are in Battersea, London (SW11) although over our long history we have maintained branch offices in Surbiton and the Temple. In 2015 we relocated to Battersea Riverside in 2 separate sites and also opened a small branch office in Dorking, Surrey. We have established client links in London but also all over the country and abroad.

Throughout the years the firm has been at the forefront of legal services provision and we have established departments in numerous legal disciplines. We place huge importance on client care and integrity. The firm has conducted a number of high profile cases, which have been reported, and we are proud to maintain our standing and reputation in the provision of legal services.

Our History

1889

Thomas Herbert Hanne is first recorded in the Law Society’s list, practising at addresses in Clapham and Battersea in south London.

1898

The firm’s founder Herbert Curtis Lee Hanne is admitted and joins his father to practise as Hanne & Son until 1914, and thereafter as an individual until 1933.

1933

On the death of HCL Hanne, his articled clerk David Rapaport petitions the Law Society successfully to carry on the business of the firm although not yet qualified.

1935

David Rapaport (1910 – 2000), now admitted, calls the firm HCL Hanne & Co. He practices at Lavender Hill SW11, Kings Avenue, SW4, and Kings Bench Walk, Temple, EC4.

1951

Lyn Mostyn (1919 – 1999) becomes a partner conducting High Court litigation. The Temple office moves to 2 Garden Court. Lyn Mostyn stood as the Labour candidate in a north London by-election, co-wrote articles in the New Statesman with Michael Foot, subsequently leader of the Labour Party, and closely advised Barbara Castle, former Minister for Overseas Development, Transport, Employment and Health.

1954

David O’Shea joins as an assistant solicitor specialising in crime. He leaves to join the Metropolitan Police Solicitors Department from which he retires as Chief Solicitor in 1980.

1956

John Wood replaces David O’Shea. He leaves to join the Treasury Solicitors’ Department and is subsequently appointed the first Director of the Serious Fraud Office in 1988 and the Director of Public Prosecutions in Hong Kong.

1958

Jeffrey Gordon replaces John Wood. In the 1960s he sets up his own practice on Lavender Hill. He is best known for inventing the McKenzie friend i.e a non-legal friend in court.

1963

Michael Burdett joins the Temple office as prospective articled clerk to Lyn Mostyn. Michael Burdett continues to develop the reputation of the firm, later becoming a partner and then consultant.

1977

At the Law Society’s request, Michael Burdett set up a committee to create court duty solicitors schemes in south London, extending to police station schemes from 1984.

1982

Susan Harlow becomes a partner at the firm and heads the development of the firm’s family law department.

1985

Michael Burdett becomes president of the South London Law Society. Mark Cardew becomes a partner at the firm in the criminal department

1988

David Taylor joins the firm after spending 10 years as a manager of Battersea Citizens Advice Bureau and becomes a partner in 2000.

1989

Martyn Meadows becomes the senior managing partner at the firm. Martyn is currently the head of the criminal law department at the firm having specialised exclusively in criminal law since 1978.

1994

Having qualified at the firm in 1984, Elizabeth Francis re-joined the firm and is currently Managing Partner.

1996

The firm consolidates from several branch offices into a sole office at Clapham Junction.

1998

The firm celebrates its cenetary after 100 years in practice.

2003

David Taylor becomes president of South London Law Society, a post he holds until 2006 when he becomes the South London area representative on the Law Society’s Council.

2009

Michael Burdett receives a Lifetime Achievement award at the Legal Aid Practitioners Group Silver Jubilee.

2010

The firm has many publicly and privately funded clients, appearing in many high profile cases. Moving away from the initials HCL, the firm becomes known as Hanne & Co, adopting a fresh and contemporary approach to the services offered.

2011

In 2011, Lorna Cservenka won the Legal Aid Family Lawyer of the Year 2011 following a landmark case examining the reliability of DNA hair strand testing. The prestigious award was presented by Doreen Lawrence and marks the latest in a serious of remarkable achievements for our progressive family law team.

2012

In April 2012, Claire Martin joins the Equity Partnership

2014

In April 2014, Grainne Fahy joins the Equity Partnership

2015

In June 2015, the Dorking office opened.

2015

In September 2015, Hanne & Co, moved to new premises in the Candle Factory and Molasses House in Battersea

2016

Child Care Department in Supreme Court case.