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Hannah Bain

Senior Associate



Hannah Bain is a Senior Associate in Russell McVeagh's litigation team, with experience across a wide range of contentious matters. She has particular expertise in complex commercial disputes in the infrastructure, energy, banking and financial services sectors. She also has experience in regulatory investigations and issues relating to climate change.
Before re-joining Russell McVeagh in 2020, Hannah was a Senior Associate at international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in London, where she specialised in banking litigation and dispute resolution and worked on large-scale proceedings and investigations involving major UK financial institutions. 


Hannah's recent experience includes:

  • Advising 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.


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


Hannah was admitted to practice in 2012.
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