Hannah Rose
Hannah Rose
Hannah Rose Special Counsel & Head of Pro Bono & Community

Hannah Rose

Special Counsel & Head of Pro Bono & Community

About Hannah

Hannah advises not-for-profits, including charitable organisations, on matters concerning their establishment, structure, governance, compliance obligations and operations. She also provides insurance coverage advice under professional indemnity and directors' and officers' policies, and has extensive experience defending claims against professionals and directors. 

In addition to her legal work, Hannah manages the firm's Pro Bono and Community Programs, and drives its social responsibility strategy.

What she does

Hannah provides not-for-profits, including charities, with corporate advice and assistance. She assists not-for-profits to establish or vary their legal structure by providing advice on the appropriate structure for their operations, drafting constituent documents and attending to the relevant legal process to implement the structure.

She assists charities to obtain or change their charitable status, receive tax concessions, apply for fundraising licences, implement measures to ensure good governance, ensure compliance—with the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission legislation and Governance Standards—and enter into arrangements that allow them to collaborate with other organisations to achieve their goals (such as auspicing, funding, fundraising and service agreements). She also helps clients resolve their disputes and mitigate or manage risks through processes, contracts or insurance.

As Head of Pro Bono & Community, she manages a number of the firm's largest pro bono relationships and referral partnerships, oversees the implementation of pro bono clinics and opportunities, and ensures the firm meets its social objectives.

Who she works with

Hannah primarily works with not-for-profits, including charitable organisations. She also advises individuals and organisations seeking to establish not-for-profits.

Work done recently
What her clients say

"Hannah Rose has assisted us to review and update our governance documents, structure and processes across the whole of the charity including 14 legal entities and separate charities. Hannah has been very approachable and personable whilst remaining extremely professional during this project. Her advice and approach has been thorough, timely and considerate of our organisation's nuances. I would highly recommend Hannah to assist with any charity issue and would access her services again." Barbara Ryan, CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities

"...In each case we have felt very well supported, encouraged and professionally guided; we always felt as if we were one of Ms Rose's priority clients – Hannah was part of our team. We are very grateful for Ms Rose's support, attention to detail and commitment in this regard." Ben Grushka, Executive Director, WEA Hunter

"I have worked and am continuing to work with Hannah Rose on a professional negligence matter involving a local government claim against me and my consultant team. The matter involves complex technical and legal issues which are crucial to the question of responsibility and liability. I am often amazed by Hannah's capacity to understand these technical issues although they are crucial to resolving the matter successfully. She has been extremely diligent and dedicated and has a natural ability to gather information, absorb and extract the salient issues, quickly and effectively." Senior Partner, architectural company in Sydney



Hannah has a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Wollongong. She also has a Masters of International Law with Distinction from the University of Sydney and a Certificate in Governance for Not for Profits from the Governance Institute of Australia.

Life before Sparkes

Before joining Sparke Helmore in 2013, Hannah worked at Gadens (now Dentons) and Wotton + Kearney. While studying for her masters degree, Hannah spent two years in-house at a large Australian insurer.

Life outside of Sparkes

Hannah dedicates much of her time to her volunteer role as Non-Executive Director of Batyr Australia Ltd, which aims to engage, educate and empower young people to speak out about social and mental health issues. She also has previously acted as company secretary of Batyr and as a management committee member of a not-for-profit industry group.

Hannah enjoys spending time with her family, friends and two dogs at her farm in the Southern Highlands.

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Hannah Rose
t: +61 2 9373 3501
m: +61 424 504 102
o: Sydney
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