Hannah’s role is to assist Ian, Kim, Carrie and Karen so that we can manage cases more efficiently.
One of Hannah’s roles will be to undertake assessments for eligibility for legal aid. This should allow us to process legal aid cases better.
She can also undertake tasks on other files under supervision, which will help us to deal with cases quicker.
Hannah started with us on 31 July 2017 after graduating from Exeter University in summer 2017 with a good 2:1 Law Degree.
Hannah showed a particular aptitude for Family Law and one of her tutors was David Tyzack QC, who was for many years the senior family Judge in Exeter. We know that Exeter University has a strong reputation for family law and members of the academic team are also members of Devon Resolution.
To qualify as a solicitor Hannah needs to next pass the Legal Practice Course (LPC) which she will be studying part time from September at the University of Law in Bristol. She will then have 2 years on the job training: (a training contract), although we would hope to have this time reduced for the knowledge she gains in the next 2 years.
Educated in East Devon
Hannah was educated in East Devon and attended Axe Valley Community College.
Hannah has good principles
We have been impressed that Hannah is a compassionate person who likes helping others. Hannah’s volunteering has included helping with a soup preparing and serving food to the homeless people in Exeter and which has also included volunteering with the Human Rights Brigade in Panama in June 2015.
I volunteered for a week in an underdeveloped rural community in eastern Panama. Working alongside the Panamanian lawyers, I provided legal advice to families and set up legal drop in clinics for the local people. As a team we also educated the local people on their human rights, such as by providing advice to domestic violence victims and by performing plays in front of the local school children to teach them about gender equality. Although I was only there for a short time it really brought home to me how the application law can make a very real difference to peoples lives.
An outstanding family solicitor in the making
We have recruited Hannah because she has the capability of becoming an outstanding solicitor. We are a growing specialist family law practice and we hope that Hannah’s career will grow and flourish with us.
Hannah is not related to Karen Elliott – although they do share the same surname!