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Hanna Legal is one of Australia’s leading boutique law firms. Based in Sydney, we specialise in criminal defence, with a focus on serious and complex matters. We also have extensive experience in quasi-criminal and regulatory matters, and act in select civil cases.

 

We represent both individual and corporate clients and have appeared in some of Australia’s most highly publicised cases.

 

Our lawyers are committed to providing first class and fearless representation with uncompromising dedication.

 

In 2016 and 2017, Hanna Legal was listed as one of Sydney’s First Tier criminal defence law firms by the Doyles Guide.

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Criminal Defence

Hanna Legal represents individuals and corporations charged with all types of criminal offences, including fraud, drug supply, personal violence, traffic matters, robbery, firearms charges, sexual assault and homicide. We routinely defend clients against State and Commonwealth prosecutions in the NSW Local, District and Supreme Courts as well as courts throughout Australia.

 

Our lawyers have a track record of success in bail applications, summary hearings, jury trials and sentence proceedings. Hanna Legal has appeared in some of the most high profile criminal law matters in Australia and our cases regularly attract national and international media coverage.

Appeals

Hanna Legal has vast experience and proven success in appeals against conviction, sentence and interlocutory orders to the NSW District Court, Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeal and Court of Appeal. Notable cases include B v R, where the Court of Criminal Appeal overturned a conviction for murder for which our client had received a sentence of imprisonment of 34 years, and Fairfax Digital Australia & New Zealand Pty Ltd v Ibrahim, which concerned the media’s right to report on court proceedings and the constitutional limits of legislation suppressing media publication.

Corruption

Hanna Legal has represented former Ministers, members of Parliament and government employees on various corruption and public office charges. Recently, we have acted for Edward and Moses Obeid in the prosecutions arising out of the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s public inquiry into the grant of a coal exploration licence to a private corporation. We have also acted for Edward Obeid in his appeal against conviction and sentence for the offence of wilful misconduct in public office.

 

Hanna Legal has appeared for employees of government departments, including the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Roads and Maritime Services, charged with both statutory and common law corruption offences.

Cyber Crime and Money Laundering

Hanna Legal is Australia’s premier law firm for cyber fraud cases. We have acted in hundreds of matters for persons charged with online and electronic fraud offences by the NSW Police Force, Australian Federal Police and interstate law enforcement agencies. Our lawyers bring unique experience and insight when representing clients in this highly technical and constantly evolving area of criminal law.

 

Hanna Legal has vast experience in advising and representing persons charged with various types of proceeds of crime offences, including under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Commonwealth) and Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). We have successfully defended persons alleged to be involved in international money laundering syndicates spanning Asia, the USA and Australia. These clients have included accountants, money mules, bank employees, foreign nationals and registered remitters.

Crime Commission and Other Investigatory Bodies

Hanna Legal regularly provides advice and representation to persons in relation to criminal asset confiscation proceedings commenced by the NSW Crime Commission. We also advise and appear for persons summonsed to attend for compulsory examinations at the NSW Crime Commission and other investigatory bodies, including the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Police Integrity Commission and the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity.

Parole

Hanna Legal regularly appears before the State Parole Authority for clients seeking release to parole or reinstatement of an Intensive Correction Order. We have also successfully appealed to the Supreme Court against decisions to refuse parole, including the high profile cases of Michael Ibrahim v State Parole Authority and Emad Sleiman v State Parole Authority.

Coronial Inquests and Inquiries

Hanna Legal provides advice and representation to persons who have been subpoenaed to give evidence at the State Coroner’s Court of NSW. We have appeared for interested persons at both Coronial inquests into suspicious deaths and Coronial inquiries regarding suspicious fires.

Disciplinary Proceedings and Regulatory Advice

Hanna Legal has experience in advising and appearing for professionals facing disciplinary proceedings instituted by various statutory bodies, including the Medical Council of NSW and the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner.

 

We also advise corporate clients on an array of regulatory matters, including compliance with the work health safety regulatory regime and various regulatory regimes enforced by Roads & Maritime Services.

Civil Litigation

Hanna Legal has significant experience in commencing civil proceedings against the police for such claims as unlawful arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. We have successfully represented plaintiffs who have sued the police, including in the widely publicised matter of Shayda Ibrahim v State of NSW.

 

Hanna Legal also advises and appears for both plaintiffs and defendants in various other types of civil litigation, including debt recovery proceedings, contractual disputes and claims for injunctions. Our clients have included celebrities and multinational corporations. In a recent example, Hanna Legal successfully obtained a permanent injunction in the NSW Supreme Court on behalf of Uber BV and Uber Australia with costs.

Other Practice Areas

Hanna Legal also acts in select cases involving various other areas of law, including:

 

• Representing individual and corporate clients in relation to complaints made to the Australian Human Rights Commission;
• Appearing for clients seeking reviews of administrative decisions, including decisions to suspend or revoke hire car authorities, taxi-cab driver authorities, security licences and firearm licences;
• Representing individual and corporate clients prosecuted by the Office of Fair Trading for alleged contraventions of Australian consumer law; and
• Advising property developers in relation to developments applications and remedies available in the Land and Environment Court.

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Nick Hanna

Principal

 

Nick is the principal of Hanna Legal and has a wealth of experience in a wide range of criminal, administrative, regulatory and select civil litigation. He represents individual and corporate clients and regularly appears in high profile cases.

 

Nick has vast experience in criminal law and has successfully defended clients facing charges across the full spectrum of offences. He has never lost a murder trial, including in a recent highly publicised case where his client was acquitted and the prosecution was ordered to pay her legal costs.

 

Nick also specialises in Apprehended Domestic Violence Order applications, parole hearings, NSW Crime Commission proceedings and coronial inquests, appearing for defendants, complainants, witnesses and interested parties.

 

Nick has appeared in various high profile civil matters, including civil claims brought against the NSW Police Force as well as successful applications for injunctive relief brought in the Supreme Court on behalf of Uber.

 

Nick has unique experience in complicated RMS matters, including being the instructing solicitor in the legal team which successfully represented all of the Uber partner-drivers prosecuted by the RMS prior to the introduction of ride-sharing regulations in December 2015. In addition, Nick represented the Uber partner-drivers whose vehicle registrations were suspended and he successfully negotiated with the RMS for all of the suspensions to be lifted.

 

Nick has developed a reputation for his exceptional work ethic, professionalism and advanced legal strategies. In 2016 and 2017, he was named as one of Sydney’s preeminent criminal defence lawyers and in 2017 he was listed as one of the top 6 criminal defence lawyers in all of Australia in the Doyles Guide. He has been described by the Daily Telegraph as one of Sydney’s top criminal lawyers as well as one of Sydney’s “masters of defence”.


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Abbas Soukie

Solicitor

 

Abbas is an astute and diligent criminal defence lawyer with expertise in large and complex matters. Abbas’ strength lies in his ability to deconstruct prosecution evidence, develop defence case theories, marshal crucial evidence, and strategically litigate to ensure the optimal outcome for his client.

 

Abbas has extensive experience in criminal law and has instructed barristers (Queen’s Counsel, Senior Counsel and Counsel) in the Local Court, District Court, Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeal. He has played a crucial role in some of Australia’s most serious and highly publicised criminal prosecutions, including charges of murder, drug supply, drug importations, serious assaults, firearm and serious fraud-related matters. Abbas has also instructed Senior Counsel in interstate jurisdictions, such as Victoria and Queensland. In addition, he appears as advocate on bail applications, sentence proceedings, administrative review hearings and stay applications in various jurisdictions.

 

Abbas is particularly experienced in advising and appearing for clients charged with political corruption, including charges of misconduct in public office. He has advised clients in relation to investigations and/or prosecutions by the Independent Commission Against Corruption as well as the Australian Securities and Investment Commission. Abbas has represented clients in relation to investigations and proceedings instituted by the Australian Taxation Office, as well as proceedings instituted by the New South Wales Crime Commission for the recovery of alleged proceeds of crime.

 

Abbas is also an accredited mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.


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Heidi Heathcote

Solicitor

 

Heidi has appeared in hundreds of State and Commonwealth matters in the Local Court, District Court and Supreme Court. She has also instructed Senior Counsel in hearings in the Court of Criminal Appeal and in High Court special leave applications. In addition, she has instructed in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

 

Heidi is an excellent advocate and works together with her clients in the preparation of matters to get the best results. She cares for her clients and is passionate about defending their rights.

 

Heidi is well-respected by the legal profession and was named one of Australia’s Criminal Law Rising Stars in both 2016 and 2017 in the Doyle’s Legal Guide.

 

Before being admitted as a solicitor, Heidi was a forensic DNA scientist and she utilises this specialist knowledge to successfully defend clients facing prosecutions involving DNA evidence.


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Bo Yi (Paul) Ye

Solicitor

 

Paul is a criminal defence lawyer with a passion for advocacy and legal analysis. He has a strong work ethic, sharp legal mind and a keen eye for detail.

 

Paul has represented clients in a wide spectrum of matters including drugs, violence, fraud, sexual offences and many more. He has appeared as advocate in Local Court hearings, sentences, section 32 applications, bail applications, applications before the State Parole Authority, and District Court sentences and appeals. He has also worked with both Junior and Senior Counsels in highly complex trials in both State and Commonwealth jurisdictions.

 

Paul’s tenacity and legal skill set ensure that all his clients receive representation of the highest calibre.

 

Paul speaks, reads and writes Chinese (Mandarin).


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Erin Mangan

Law Clerk

 

Erin is a valued member of Hanna Legal, providing important assistance to all of our solicitors. Prior to working at Hanna Legal, she worked as a clerk for a highly experienced barrister and in 2014 she received the Sir Owen Dixon Chambers Award for Best Performance in Criminal Law at UTS. Highly intelligent and skilled at legal research, Erin contributes significantly to the cases which she is involved in.

 

Erin is currently completing her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology, Sydney.


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Emily Hong

Law Clerk

 

Emily is a law clerk who joined Hanna Legal in 2016. She possesses an extraordinary work ethic, immense initiative and high developed critical thinking skills and is greatly appreciated by our solicitors and clients alike.

 

Emily is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (majoring in English literature) at the University of New South Wales.


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Priya Prasad

Legal Secretary

 

Priya is a highly organised and motivated legal secretary and office manager. Prior to working at Hanna Legal, she performed secretarial and assistant roles at various corporate law firms. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminology at University of Western Sydney.


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2017
2016
2015

Top cop ordered Ibrahim Star ban
The Sunday Telegraph, 11 October 2015.

 

UberX case broadens into quasi-class action
The Australian Financial Review, 6 October 2015

 

UberX car suspensions delayed, rental cars promised to drivers
The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 October 2015.

 

Promoter Andrew McManus has had his passport returned to go to NZ with KISS
The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 September 2015

 

Melbourne music promoter Andrew McManus charged in FBI, NSW Police sting
The Daily Telegraph, 11 September 2015

Charges dropped against uberX drivers but government warns of campaign to come
The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 July 2015

 

Cyber fraudsters rack up 150 offences
7 News, 24 July 2015

 

Masters of defence: The Sydney lawyers acting in some of the state’s biggest drug cases
The Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2015

 

Uber wins injunction to stop vigilante driver making citizen’s arrests
The Australian, 1 July 2015

 

Linfox employee charged with extortion
The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 April 2015 (Representing the victim and a third party in relation to an application for non-publication orders)

2014

Underworld “enforcer” may be out by Xmas
The West Australian, 28 November 2014

 

Kings Cross identity Adam Freeman jailed over 19kg ecstasy drug haul
ABC News, 27 October 2014

 

Shayda Ibrahim settles wrongful arrest and false imprisonment lawsuit against NSW Police
The Sunday Telegraph, 19 October 2014

 

Marsfield man detained but not charged during recent raids is considering legal action
Northern District Times, 8 October 2014

 

Guns case may have missed the mark
The Sunday Telegraph, 14 September 2014 (paper edition only).

Extract:

“… But the case is heading into “uncharted territory”, say legal insiders, with lawyers for Khoder Elali, one of the men charged, challenging the constitutionality of the way the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions is running their case against him. Elali’s lawyers Nick Hanna and Peter Lange have launched a bid to have the CDPP thrown out of the matter, arguing it is unconstitutional for the commonwealth authority to prosecute his client on charges that come under state legislation.”

 

Convicted killer Michael Ibrahim granted parole under strict conditions
The Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2014

 

Adam Freeman in custody ahead of sentencing hearing for making 19.2kg of ecstasy
The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 August 2014

 

Balcony plunger trying to handstand
The Australian, 4 August 2014

2013

Bail revoked for al-Ahmadzai over ATM theft
The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 May 2013

 

Radical Milad Bin Ahmad Shah Al-Ahmadzai threatened to slash intelligence officer’s throat
The Daily Telegraph, 29 May 2013

 

Police raids aim to cripple Middle Eastern crime families
The Daily Telegraph, 10 May 2013

 

Key Ibrahim witness fled the country before trial
The Sunday Telegraph, 31 March 2013 (paper edition only).

Extract:

“The missing witness was just one of several issues faced by prosecutors, who last month withdrew charges against [Fadi] Ibrahim despite it appearing to be a strong case. The withdrawal received scant media attention due to a mountain of suppression orders associated with the case. It was the latest failure in a long line of failed prosecution attempts against different members of the Ibrahim family. … A jury took seven hours to acquit Michael [Ibrahim] and [Rodney] Atkinson. Fadi was to be tried separately for medical reasons. His lawyer Nick Hanna said the case against Michael Ibrahim and Atkinson wasn’t strong and that the case against Fadi was ‘even flimsier’”.

 

Murder case against Fadi Ibrahim dropped
The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 February 2013

2012

When the borders break down this nation is in serious trouble
The Daily Telegraph, 21 December 2012

 

Ibrahim acquitted of murder plot charge
The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 December 2012

 

Prosecutors given more time in AusPost Glock Case
ABC News, 17 July 2012

 

Court overturns ban on Ibrahim web articles
The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 June 2012

Bail for man ‘weak’ in drugs case
The Border Mail, 9 November 2014

 

Murder plot was payback for Ibrahim shooting, court told
The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 April 2012

 

Ibrahims walk after kidnap case thrown out
The Daily Telegraph, 21 February 2012

2011

Cage-fighting Ivy bouncer given bail
ABC News, 1 September 2011

 

Skipper jailed over boat deaths
The Australian, 9 September 2011

 

Crime gang’s key ring guns racket
The Daily Telegraph, 11 September 2011

“Fadi Ibrahim ordered to stand trial”
The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 May 2011

 

Hoxton Park High School a ‘safe, caring’ place after brawl
Liverpool Leader 9 March 2011 (online edition no longer available)

 

Fadi Ibrahim’s baby bail reprieve
news.com.au, 20 January 2011

2010

‘Party animal’ Fadi Ibrahim told he risks losing bail
The Daily Telegraph, 3 December 2010.

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