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  • Hanne & Co Solicitors LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC422012 trading as Hanne & Co. Its registered office is at The Candle Factory, 112 York Road, Battersea, London, England, SW11 3RS. A list of members (with details of each member’s professional qualification) may be inspected at the registered office or on our website. Hanne & Co Solicitors LLP is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority SRA 651362.

    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 ran a small branch office in Dorking, Surrey between 2015 and 2020. 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

    Between 2015 and 2020 we ran a small branch office in Dorking.

    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.

    2018

    Mary Stewart joins the Equity Partnership

    2019

    Hanne & Co is listed in The UK Legal 500 as a Leading Firm for 2019 for its Public and Private Family departments. In addition. Elizabeth Francis, Susan Harlow and Grainne Fahy are individually listed as Recommended Lawyers.

    2020

    Hanne & Co is once again recognised as a Leading Firm by The Legal 500 in 2020 – and its Public and Private Family departments are given Tier 4 ranking. In addition, Elizabeth Francis, Susan Harlow and Lorna Cservenka are individually given Recommended Lawyer status.

    2021

    Hanne & Co consolidates its Leading Firm (Tier 4) Legal 500 ranking for 2021 for its Public and Private Family departments. Elizabeth Francis, Susan Harlow, Lorna Cservenka, Rokeya Dangor, Caroline Little, Samantha Cook and James Dunn are all recognised as Recommended Lawyers.

    2021

    Victoria Copeman joins the Equity Partnership in April.