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 regulatory, professional disciplinary and quasi-criminal matters, and act in select civil and employment law 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 20162017 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Hanna Legal was listed as a First Tier criminal defence law firm by the Doyles Guide.


Hanna Legal was awarded Best Criminal and Regulatory Law Firm – Australia in the APAC Insider Legal Awards.


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.


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.


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.


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, Health Care Complaints Commission 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 and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

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



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 other 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 2017 and 2018, he was listed as one of the top 6 criminal defence lawyers in all of Australia and in 20162017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, he was named as one of NSW’s preeminent criminal defence lawyers in the Doyles Guide. In 2018 and 2019, Nick was selected as a finalist for the Lawyers Weekly Criminal Law Partner of the Year Award. In 2020, Nick won the Best Administrative Lawyer award at the International Advisory Expert Awards. 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”.


Abbas Soukie



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.


April Brennan

Law Clerk


April is a law clerk, having commenced with the firm in 2019. April’s bubbly personality and genuine passion for criminal law greatly assists our lawyers and the cases which she is involved in. April has a particular flare for Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) matters.


April is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Journalism) at the University of Notre Dame, Australia.


Alice Loveday

Law Clerk


Alice has been with the team since 2019. Alice’s passion for criminal law is evident through her strong work ethic and excellent attention to detail. Her analytical skillset is greatly appreciated by our lawyers and clients alike.


Alice is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts (Criminology / Politics) at the University of New South Wales. In 2017 she was awarded the Law Society of NSW Prize for best performing student in Stage 1 of the Bachelor of Laws program and has appeared on the UNSW Law Dean’s List.


Skyla Partridge

Law Clerk


Skyla commenced with the Hanna Legal team in September 2020. Her empathy and reassurance brings comfort to our clients and their families while we work around the clock to defend their matters.


Skyla’s great attention to detail and zest for criminal and civil law procedure arms her with the confidence and drive to provide top tier support to the firm’s lawyers.


Skyla is in her 5th year at the University of New South Wales, finishing a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice. Skyla was placed onto the UNSW 2020 Dean’s Merit List for academic excellence in Criminology.



Rabiba Pervez

Law Clerk


Rabiba is one of the recent additions to the team. Her strong organisational and time management skills greatly support our lawyers in their preparation of client matters and the efficient running of the firm. Her drive and passion for criminal law are manifested in her diligence and perseverance in her undertaking of tasks.


Rabiba is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce (Business Strategy and Economic Management) at the University of New South Wales.





8 landmark decisions that made headlines in 2017

Lawyers Weekly, 20 December 2017


Sydney men in Centennial Park arrest charged with supply of almost one tonne of cocaine

The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 December 2017


Fadi Ibrahim no longer under house arrest after court win

The Daily Telegraph, 14 December 2017


Centennial Park arrests: Former Eels players to apply for bail

The Daily Telegraph, 14 December 2017


Sydney school crash: Maha Al-Shennag fronts court for first time over two child deaths

ABC News, 29 November 2017


Secretary who stole $500,000 from Sydney doctor jailed

Yahoo!7, 13 November 2017


School crash driver apologises ‘with all of her heart’ to family of victims

The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 November 2017


Mother-of-four charged over Greenacre school crash deaths ‘deeply sorry’: lawyer

The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 November 2017


Fashion, tans and celebs for Ibrahim court date

The Daily Telegraph, 1 November 2017


Fadi Ibrahim to remain on bail after court finds his guarantors to be suitable

The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 October 2017


Friends put up $2.2 bail so that Fadi Ibrahim can leave Silverwater jail

news.com.au, 28 September 2017


Ibrahim’s son denies police threat

The Daily Telegraph, 26 September 2017


Fadi Ibrahim granted $2.2 million bail following arrest over alleged role in crime syndicate

The Daily Telegraph, 18 September 2017


This is how evidence is being held back from defence lawyers at parole board hearings

Buzzfeed, 29 August 2017


Convicted NSW killer fights to be free

Channel 9 News, 25 August 2017


Leading Criminal Defence Lawyers – Australia, 2017

Doyles Guide, 18 August 2017


‘King of the Cross’ John Ibrahim emerges from home following arrest of brothers, son and girlfriend

The Daily Telegraph, 16 August 2017


Clarifications and Corrections: Apology to John Ibrahim

Daily Mail Australia, 15 August 2017

John Ibrahim’s son Daniel reports into police on bail

The Daily Telegraph, 13 August 2017


Ibrahim brothers’ ‘money-man’ faces court after arrest off Dubai flight

The Daily Telegraph, 11 August 2017


John Ibrahim son’s Daniel still behind bars as he tried to make $630K bail

The Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2017


Lawyer says case against Ibrahim’s son ‘extremely weak’

9 News, 9 August 2017


Leading Criminal Defence Law Firms – New South Wales, 2017

Doyles Guide, 8 August 2017


Leading Criminal Defence Lawyers – New South Wales, 2017

Doyles Guide, 8 August 2017


Bikie boss’s sister avoids jail after admitting to gun supply plot

9 News, 3 August 2017


Croom man accused of second pub bashing released on $1 million property bail

Illawarra Mercury, 11 July 2017


Anti-Uber activist Russell Howarth ordered to pay $400,000 in legal costs

Sydney Morning Herald, 9 July 2017


Fadi Ibrahim, Jamelie Lahood in court over mysterious mansion bargain

Sydney Morning Herald, 21 June 2017


‘No duty’ to act in public interest, Eddie Obeid’s lawyers tell court

Sydney Morning Herald, 5 June 2017


Ibrahims murder plot trial amounted to little except lawyer being struck off

The Daily Telegraph, 4 June 2017


Rose Tattoo rocker sentenced over gun plot

Channel 9 News, 2 June 2017


Sex assault victims failing to see justice done because of victim-blaming attitude

The Daily Telegraph, 5 May 2017


Anti-Uber activist banned from harassing drivers
BBC News, 4 April 2017


Andrew McManus walks free over suitcase full of cash
The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 March 2017


Eddie Obeid blames ‘incompetent’ lawyers for his conviction
The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 March 2017


‘If I go, you’ll go down too’: Obeid
The Daily Telegraph, 11 March 2017


Kidnap ‘victim’ defends alleged attacker
Sky News, 1 March 2017


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)


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).


“… 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


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).


“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


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


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


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