Hannah Poole – Trainee SolicitorHannah Poole - Paralegal

Hannah joined Olliers in early 2021 as a legal administrator after interning last summer. She initially worked part time whilst finishing her LPC studies at the University of Law and then started her period of recognised training as a trainee solicitor in August 2021.

Prior to undertaking the LPC, Hannah studied English Literature and History at Lancaster University and went on to study the Graduate Diploma in Law alongside a Masters of Law in Liverpool. As part of her Masters, Hannah based her dissertation on the question as to whether the age of criminal responsibility was too low in England and Wales. The project was one of the many pieces of work alongside work experience that ultimately cemented Hannah’s ambition to pursue a career in criminal defence, in hoping to provide a legal voice to all those who require legal support.

As part of her role, Hannah has enjoyed and valued working alongside a number of practitioners, liaising with clients and ultimately seen how important each stage in the process running up to a client’s court hearing is whilst ensuring the client’s wellbeing and knowledge to their case remains at the forefront of this. Fundamental skills she vows to carry forward as she continues her training contract.

So far in her first year to her training contract, Hannah has appreciated a variety of work, from handling Magistrates cases such as compiling briefs to counsel ahead of trial, to undertaking Crown Court preparation and attendances with both client and counsel. Hannah has also developed a real understanding to the importance and process to pre-charge engagement and the impact this can bear on a client’s file.

Hannah is extremely excited for the next step in her legal career to becoming a qualified solicitor with Olliers.