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Hannah Bain

Special Counsel

Climate Change and Litigation


Hannah Bain is a Special Counsel in Russell McVeagh's public law and litigation teams. Hannah leads Russell McVeagh's climate change offering, working together in a strategic alliance with Te Whakahaere climate change advisors to support partners in this increasingly important space. Hannah is also experienced across a wide range of contentious matters, with particular experience in complex commercial disputes in the infrastructure, energy, banking and financial services sectors, and with regulatory investigations.


Hannah's recent experience includes:

  • Advising clients in relation to a spectrum of issues relating to climate change, including in relation to mandatory climate-related disclosures, the emissions trading scheme and regulatory reform.

  • ‚ÄčAdvising RBS in connection with its landmark shareholder rights issue litigation, following the near collapse and government bailout of the bank in October 2008.

  • Advising a party in connection with disputes arising out of pricing clauses in a sale and purchase agreement.

  • Acting for a renewables company in relation to a significant return of capital to its shareholders by way of court-approved scheme of arrangement.

  • Advising a major UK bank in connection with a series of investigations arising out of a high profile fraud.

  • Advising a UK retail bank in relation to a c£140m claim for breach of contract and misrepresentation in connection with lending facilities and interest rate hedging products.

  • Assisting a UK financial institution in connection with a regulatory investigation relating to governance issues.

  • Acting for an energy sector participant in an ongoing contentious contractual dispute regarding pricing in a supply agreement.


LLB (Hons, First Class), BCA, Victoria University of Wellington.


Hannah was admitted to practice in 2012.

She is a co-author of the New Zealand chapter in Insurance Litigation 2022: A Chambers Global Practice Guide.
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