Hanna Llewellyn-Waters has a busy and successful practice in the prosecution and defence of serious crime.
Hanna’s areas of specialism include; allegations of serious sexual offences, human trafficking, offences against children and grave violence.
She is regularly instructed as leading junior counsel and led junior; frequently appearing against Queen’s Counsel.
She has extensive experience in sensitive, high profile cases involving vulnerable witnesses and defendants, abuse of process, severance and complex disclosure issues.
Serious Sexual Offences
Hanna is on the CPS Panel of Approved Rape Advocates and the Attorney General’s list of Prosecution Advocates.
She has advised working groups on the treatment of complainants in cases alleging serious sexual offences.
- R v RD: Trial counsel for the Crown in the case believed to be the oldest criminal case in English Law: 62 year delay. Advised pre-extradition in respect of multiple allegations of rape concerning four complainants spanning 1949-1973. The case attracted international media attention. Extensive and complex submissions: abuse of process. Conviction upheld by the Court of Appeal.
- R v C: Trial counsel in case alleging false imprisonment, section 18 GBH and rape. Multiple medical experts called; dangerousness provisions applied.
- R v S: Leading trial counsel for the Crown. Multiple counts of rape and serious sexual offences by a high-profile local businessman in respect of four complainants. The case involved complex disclosure issues. The sentencing judge described the offences as ‘the worst’ he had dealt with.
- R v B & S: Led junior for the first trial. Leading junior for the retrial. Multiple rapes against four highly vulnerable child complainants.
- R v M: Defended a man charged with 33 counts of rape and further serious sexual offences against a 10-year-old girl. Thereafter appeared as junior alone against the Solicitor-General (unduly lenient sentence).
- R v K & P: Leading counsel for the Crown. Multiple counts of rape and false imprisonment by two defendants aided by a third party against two complainants. The offences involved extreme degradation; joinder and severance arguments. Both defendants were given indeterminate sentences.
- R v F: Trial counsel in a case concerning years of alleged serious sexual offending against two boys. Entrenched grooming and severe abuse of trust.