Hannah Millrain

Associate Solicitor & Head of Family Law

‘Often when people find themselves in emotionally challenging situations they feel vulnerable and that they have a lack of control so it's vital that I provide not only the legal expertise but also reassurance, support and sensitivity. I make sure I take a proactive and professional approach in order to achieve a good outcome on a cost effective basis. It's important to me for my clients to feel that I am on their side and they are in good hands.


Hannah gained her Law Degree in 1997 from Manchester Metropolitan University and completed her qualification in Legal Practice in 2000. Hannah has exclusively practiced Family Law in Brighton for almost 15 years and joined Howlett Clarke in 2015, becoming the Head of Family Law in early 2018.

Hannah specialises in Divorce & Separation and her expertise in this area helps to resolve many associated issues including financial matters and arrangements for children. Her extensive experience in representing parents in public law proceedings for children means that Hannah can offer invaluable advice. Many clients have found great benefit in Hannah's guidance concerning issues such as advising grandparents and relatives in respect of Special Guardianship applications, for example.

When a relationship breaks down it can be an intensely stressful time for all involved. Hannah shows an immense duty of care to her clients and their cases by her commitment to resolve issues in a constructive and amicable manner. Her care, legal knowledge and experience in these matters are a significant support and benefit to clients during emotionally charged situations. Hannah works hard to ensure that her clients are kept informed, understand what is happening and are left in no doubt that she is fighting their corner.

At home Hannah prioritises quality time with her family and children, and keeping herself fit at the gym.


Areas of Practice:

  • Divorce and Separation
  • Arrangements for Children
  • Adoption
  • Change of Name
  • Co-habitation Agreements
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Financial Arrangements & Disputes
  • Prenuptial Agreements

What our clients say about Hannah:

'Hannah is helpful and very supportive. An approachable yet extremely professional service. Highly recommended.’

Hannah Millrain - Awards and accreditations

  • Resolution First for Family Law
  • Resolution Specialist

News and media

  • News
    • Posted on October 11, 2017
      So, it’s October and the new school year is now well under way. My youngest has just started school and almost immediately returned home with a form requesting my permission for him to receive a flu immunisation at school. Most parents, by the time their children go to school, already pretty much know where they stand in terms of whether they will have their children immunised or not. But, as school flu immunisations are a fairly new thing (even newer is that the nasal spray now comes in a choice of flavours, such as Milky Way!), it did make me think a little more about it.
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      Posted in: Family, Children
    • Posted on September 14, 2017
      On 4 September 2017 the International Family Law Arbitration Scheme was launched. I therefore thought I would compare the different forms of alternative dispute resolution that are available.
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    • Posted on November 28, 2016
      Our specialist family lawyers Fiona and Hannah are both Resolution accredited. We decided to catch up with them both to understand exactly what this means.
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  • Blog
    • Posted on December 17, 2018
      Tech billionaire Elon Musk had a post-nup with his ex-wife and Kanye West has a pre-nup with his wife, the professional celebrity Kim Kardashian. But are nuptial agreements just for eccentric celebrities trying to stiff their spouses?

      The common view of nuptial agreements, whether pre-nups or post-nups, is that they’re contracts drawn up by celebrities or the ultra-wealthy when they marry someone with far fewer assets, in order to leave their spouse high and dry in the event of a break-up. Sometimes this is true, and it’s certainly possible to quibble with the way nuptial agreements have been used by some – but it doesn’t have to be this way and, often, nuptial agreements are something else entirely.
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      Posted in: Family law
    • Posted on July 27, 2018
      Tini Owens wanted to divorce her husband of 40 years, Hugh Owens, 6 years ago, although she first petitioned for divorce in 2015. She said that he treated her like a child, criticised her in public and was moody. The couple have lived separately since 2015. Yet despite Mrs Owens’s clear view that her marriage had broken down, the Supreme Court ruled this week that she would have to stay married to her husband until 2020.
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    • Posted on April 26, 2018
      On Monday we had the happy news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a new baby boy. Now the question on everyone’s lips is: what will the Royal mummy and daddy call their new bundle of joy? I doubt there will be too much argument about it, both Kate and Will share parental responsibility (‘PR’) for their children because they are married to each other and they therefore have an equal say in important decisions about their baby, including what to name him.
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