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Chambers of James Goudie QC and Daniel Stilitz QC

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Hannah’s practice covers the full ambit of media and information law, including data protection. Recognised as a “rising star” in the field, recent highlights include:

  • a Supreme Court appearance in a landmark privacy case concerning the right of arrestees in child sex offence cases to remain anonymous (PNM v Times Newspapers Ltd);
  • a Court of Appeal appearance in Lachaux v AOL (UK) Ltd, which gave rise to the first appellate decision on the controversial ‘serious harm test’ under section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013;
  • acting for the largest group of defendants in multi-million-pound litigation concerning the alleged blacklisting of construction workers (Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation).

In 2012, she was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship to work at the New York offices of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP, where she gained both a broad grounding in American media law and experience in advising on cross-jurisdictional issues. Having previously worked for a leading communications agency, Hannah also boasts expertise in reputation management and litigation strategy.

Hannah is a contributor to Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt, 5th Edition, 2017, and co-author, Atkin’s Court Forms on Defamation.

Hannah has a particular interest in dealing with online issues and experience in representing prominent internet and technology clients, including Google UK Ltd, AOL (UK) Ltd,Twitter Inc. and TripAdvisor Ltd.



MA (Cantab) (First Class), Law, University of Cambridge (Churchill College)
Silverman Sherliker Award for Legal Excellence; Churchill College Scholarship, 2008
Lord Denning Scholarship; Hardwicke Entrance Award, 2009
Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School (Outstanding)
Buchanan Prize; Hubert Greenland Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn), 2010
Pegasus Scholarship (Inns of Court), 2012

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Defamation and privacy

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Hannah Ready11KBWHannah skilfully balances sound legal analysis with commercial awareness.

With a ‘worthy reputation for housing data protection and defamation specialists’, 11KBW‘s members advise major tech giants, media outlets, and private individuals on defamation, privacy, and data protection matters.  David Glen is currently acting for the defendant in Shahbaz Sharif v Associated Newspapers Limited, in respect of a Mail on Sunday article which reported on a police investigation into allegations of fraud and embezzlement in Pakistan by the former Chief Minister of Lahore. In Whyte v CBS, Anya Proops QC is acting for the publisher, defending a claim by heavyweight boxer Dillian Whyte in connection with the publication of news articles reporting he had tested positive for banned substances. Hannah Ready acted for the defendant in Baltaci v Refinitiv Limited, which surrounded the claimant’s inclusion in a high-profile database of high-risk individuals used globally by financial institutions.

London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Hannah Ready11KBWHer strengths include the capacity to balance intellectual legal analysis with a client’s commercial objective.