UCL Faculty of Laws


Hannah Willcocks KC

Lecturer (Teaching)


Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy 2018. MA in Law by Research, Distinction, Queen Mary University of London 2017. Called to the Bar: 2001. BPP Law School, Bar Vocational Course 2001. BPP Law School, Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Distinction (top of year) 2000. B.A. Joint Honours, Modern Languages: French and German Second Class Honours (First Division), Bristol 1998.


After many years of a busy criminal law practice as a barrister (called to the Bar in 2001, Hannah took silk in 2021), Hannah has now decided to focus the majority of her time on teaching.  She remains, however, a tenant at Red Lion Chambers where she will continue to undertake advisory work.    She is also a Recorder of the Crown Court.  

In her practice, Hannah specialises in serious, financial and regulatory crime and has significant experience of exceedingly large, multi-handed and complex cases.  Prior to taking silk, she was appointed as a Grade 4 Advocate (highest grade) on the CPS General Crime Panel in 2016, to the Serious Fraud Office’s Prosecution Panel A list in 2017 (and re-appointed in 2020) and as a Grade 4 Advocate on both the CPS Specialist Serious Crime Group Panel and the CPS Specialist Fraud Panel in 2019.  

Recommended for many years as a junior and more recently as a new silk for her work in Financial Crime, Hannah has been cited as being “a first-class advocate and excellent lawyer, whose attention to detail is of the highest order” (Legal 500 2017), "she is very, very able" (Chambers & Partners 2018), “she can put her opponent in a whole world of trouble” (Chambers & Partners 2020), “she is always so cerebral and thoughtful and takes such an intellectual approach to the cases that she runs” (Chambers & Partners 2021), “she is extremely bright and conscientious” (Chambers & Partners 2022), “Hannah has a calm, persuasive manner and combines persistence with a jury-friendly style, which enables her to score her forensic points in a highly effective manner.  She is an exceptionally able advocate whose advocacy shows her meticulous preparation” (Legal 500 2022). 

During 2013 – 2015, Hannah taught Criminal Law and Criminal Evidence as an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. She has now been teaching at UCL part-time since 2017 (originally 0.2FTE, from September 2023 0.8FTE).  


Hannah teaches Criminal Law on the LLB course and this year, will convene and teach on the 3rd year Criminal Processes: Evidence, Sentencing and Advanced Topics in Substantive Criminal Law module.


Hannah’s current research interests lie in the area of criminal fraud. She is currently doing a PhD part-time at Queen Mary University of London.


Archbold, Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Procedure (Sweet & Maxwell 2019 to date) contributor.

Ormerod & Montgomery on Fraud: Criminal Law and Procedure (OUP 2019) contributor.

Lloyd’s Law Reports: Financial Crime, case reporter (2015 - 2019).

Market Abuse and FCA Enforcement: Lexis Nexis Webinar (co-presenter 2015);

Statutory Conspiracies: Practical Law (co-author 2015);

Parties to a Conspiracy: Practical Law (co-author 2015);

Conspiracy: the agreement: Practical Law (co-author 2015);

Encyclopedia of Road Traffic Law and Practice (Sweet & Maxwell) co-editor (2003 to date).