In her last two years of school Hannah was set on studying chemical or civil engineering at university but instead she chose law and French and graduated from Auckland University with an LLB and BA.
She gained fluency in French not just through study here but in immersion in France. First came an exchange trip through school and then, in her final year of her degrees, an exchange semester at Université Jean Moulin in Lyon where she combined both disciplines by taking law papers taught in French. She studied translation at university and has carried out some translation of legal work.
Hannah started out her legal career at a litigation firm in Auckland, primarily acting for homeowners in disputes arising from the Canterbury earthquakes. She was admitted in March 2019 and started at Fee Langstone in August 2019.
"Insurance law attracts me because it is unique as while it is a specialised area of practice, it applies to a wide variety of disputes, with insureds ranging from individuals to multinational companies. The different areas of expertise in so many fields fascinate me."
"In my experience so far, like others, I think what really sets Fee Langstone apart is the people. I’m lucky to be joining a firm where everyone is highly skilled at what they do but equally very welcoming and down to earth."
When asked to list three things still left on her bucket list she replied: "Go skydiving, visit Antarctica, and learn more languages. I want to learn the language of every new place I visit as soon as I get there."
You never know. Perhaps Fee Langstone will get an instruction requiring someone to jump from a Hercules aircraft into the Argentinian base.