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Will became a tenant at Garden Court Chambers in November 2022, following the successful completion of his pupillage. Will is developing a broad criminal defence practice, with experience in general crime, financial crime and extradition.

Will has a particular interest and experience in cases engaging human rights issues, including modern slavery, public order and protest. 

Criminal Defence

Will regularly represents clients in the Crown Court, Youth Court, and Magistrates’ Court. He has successfully defended young people and adults, including those charged with serious assaults, possession of drugs and weapons, and robbery. 

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Protest Rights

Will has developed a particular interest in protest and public order cases. As a pupil, he assisted Tom Wainwright in the trial of the Colston Four. He has since represented individuals in the Crown Court and the Magistrates’ Court, who protest in support of a range of causes. The defendants have included Extinction Rebellion, Just Stop Oil, Insulate Britain, Black Lives Matter and Palestine Action. 

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Youth Justice & Child Rights

Will is experienced in representing vulnerable child defendants, who are often in care and have mental health issues. He has acted for youth clients in the Crown Court and often acts in complex cases on certificates for counsel in the Youth Court. Will has particular experience acting in cases involving victims of trafficking and modern slavery, and those suffering from mental heath issues.

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Financial Crime and Confiscation

Will accepts instructions in fraud and confiscation cases. He has previously represented clients accused of Companies Act offences. As a solicitor, Will acted on a number of complex international fraud and asset tracing cases involving, among other things, insider trading, market manipulation, money laundering and bribery. He is experienced in analysing complex, paper-heavy cases, often spanning multiple jurisdictions.

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Asylum and Extradition

Will accepts instructions in both extradition and asylum and is currently acting on a number of complex political asylum cases. As a solicitor, Will advised on and prepared asylum claims for a number of politically exposed individuals and dissidents across a range of jurisdictions. He also advised on the attendant risks of extradition and issues relating to INTERPOL Red Notices and Diffusions.

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Notable Cases & News

Garden Court Chambers revises policy on Stratford Magistrates' Court

23 May 2024

Garden Court Chambers statement on security searches at Stratford Magistrates' Court

8 May 2024

Black Lives Matter protester acquitted of violent disorder and assault of two police officers

Will Hanson of the Garden Court Protest Team successfully represented the defendant, instructed by Zachary Whyte and Ruby Breward of Sperrin Law.

12 June 2023

Garden Court Chambers and Garden Court North remember Ian Macdonald QC

Garden Court Chambers and Garden Court North were honoured to host a memorial event for Ian Macdonald QC 1939-2019 at Middle Temple Hall on Tuesday 7 February 2023.

17 February 2023

Garden Court secures top tier rankings in the Legal 500 2023

Garden Court Chambers is proud to be recognised as a Top Tier set again in the Legal 500.

30 September 2022

Members of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team support escalating proposed CBA action to include days of action

17 June 2022

Stephanie Harrison QC, Chair and Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers, comments on the Nationality and Borders Bill receiving Royal Assent

29 April 2022

Garden Court Crime Team statement on no returns action

30 March 2022

Garden Court secures number one rankings in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2022

21 October 2021

Three new pupils join Garden Court Chambers

We are delighted to welcome Nadia O'Mara, Georgie Rea and Will Hanson who have joined Garden Court Chambers as pupils.

12 October 2021

Garden Court Chambers Crime Team shortlisted for Crime Set of the Year by Chambers Bar Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team has been shortlisted by the Chambers Bar Awards 2021 for Crime Set of the Year.

27 August 2021

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Will has a busy criminal practice representing clients accused of a range of criminal offences and appears regularly in the youth, magistrates’ and Crown Court. He has particular expertise in representing youth clients, especially victims of modern slavery and trafficking.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Will was a Solicitor Advocate at a city firm, where he developed a varied practice. Will has significant experience in the areas of fraud and asset tracing, money laundering, bribery and corruption, as well as litigation in the areas of asylum, extradition, and human rights. He intends to continue to undertake work in these areas as a barrister.

Will is committed to pro bono work and promoting access to justice. He has volunteered for numerous advice centres and pro bono projects, through which he has assisted vulnerable clients with a range of issues, from immigration and homelessness to child abuse and domestic violence. Will has on several occasions volunteered on death row in Louisiana, USA, where he assisted defence attorneys with their clients’ capital appeals. Will continues to provide training to prospective death row volunteers.


  • BA Hons, Durham University
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP
  • Legal Practice Course, Kaplan (Distinction)

Professional Membership

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Amicus ALJ
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association

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