• She is an excellent associate with great initiative and wisdom beyond her years.

    Associate to Watch, Chambers UK 2021

  • Hannah Lyons is extremely competent and responsive.

    The Jewish Museum 2021

  • Extremely knowledgeable and efficient, can explain issues in a very usable way, and is always a pleasure to work with

    Associate to Watch, Chambers UK 2020

  • Hannah is praised for her ability to "understand the dynamic quickly and provide pragmatic advice as to the appropriate ways forward."

    Chambers UK 2019


I advise charities and not for profit organisations on a range of charity law issues, including governance, grants, contracts and mergers and incorporations.

I have a particular specialism in advising on fundraising law, including in relation to corporate partnerships, challenge events, lotteries and regulatory compliance. I also regularly advise charities on data protection matters, particularly in relation to direct marketing and fundraising campaigns.

  • I have acted in a merger between two large health charities
  • I assisted a national charity to restructure its lottery in order to maximise income
  • I have advised on a number of investigations by the Fundraising Regulator
  • I act for charities in relation to enforcement action taken by the ICO into the use of personal data in certain fundraising activities
  • I carry out training on the Code of Fundraising Practice and a range of fundraising and data protection issues
  • I undertook six month secondment in the fundraising team of a large national charity

Qualifications and career

  • BA (Hons) History, London School of Economics 2005-2008
  • LLB (First Class), College of Law, 2008-2010
  • Trainee Solicitor, Russell-Cooke LLP, 2011-2013
  • Associate Solicitor, Russell-Cooke LLP, 2013-2015
  • Joined Bates Wells July 2015

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Member of the CLA (Charity Law Association)
  • Pro-bono advisor, South West London Law Centre