Hannah Pickworth

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Hannah is an Associate at Cooke, Young & Keidan. She is a specialist in financial and commercial dispute resolution with particular expertise in litigating complex, high value, civil fraud claims.

Hannah has acted on a wide cross section of cases in the English High Court including substantial civil fraud matters, contractual disputes, negligence claims, partnership and insolvency disputes, breaches of fiduciary duty and arbitral challenges. Her practice has increasingly been focussed on high value and complex disputes involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation, dishonest conspiracy, misappropriation of assets and breaches of fiduciary duty. Accordingly, Hannah has developed a depth of knowledge and experience in dealing with the strategic, factual and legal aspects of fraud claims on both the claimant and defendant side.

Hannah’s cases frequently involve an international dimension and she has advised clients from a number of different jurisdictions around the world. Hannah’s work also spans a number of different industry sectors including banking and financial services, energy, information technology and commodities.


Hannah read law at Lincoln College, Oxford University before completing the LPC at BPP Law School.

Prior to joining CYK, Hannah was an Associate in the Litigation & Arbitration division of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in London, having previously also completed her training contract at that firm. During Hannah’s training contract she spent 6 months seconded to the in-house litigation team at Credit Suisse as well as spending 3 months seconded to the in-house legal team at BP.


• Acting for three individuals in defence of a £40m claim made against them in the Commercial Court for deceit, conspiracy to deceive and breach of fiduciary duties in connection to their successful management buy-out of a technology company.

• Acting in a complex and high value partnership dispute involving allegations of dishonesty and misappropriation leading to multiple English Court proceedings and related disputes in Jersey, Thailand, Hong Kong and the BVI.

• Acting for a Singapore based Indian group company in an arbitration claim under ss. 68 and 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to vary an LMAA arbitration award made by a distinguished three-member tribunal.

• Acting for the directors of a company in Administration further to allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and related applications under S.423 of the Insolvency Act 1986.

• Acting for a financial institution in relation to a multimillion-pound professional negligence claim.

• Acting on a complex financial instrument mis-selling claim.


French (basic).