Hannah manages Sparke Helmore's Not-for-profit Corporate team and Pro Bono practice. She also assists the firm with its social responsibility strategy more broadly.
Hannah provides corporate advice and assistance to not-for-profits, charities and social enterprises on matters concerning their establishment, structure, governance, compliance obligations and operations. She also advises government bodies and corporates seeking to undertake not-for-profit businesses or activities with a social purpose. Her practice primarily involves assisting clients with implementing appropriate legal structures, drafting constituent documents, working with the various regulators to obtain relevant registrations and tax benefits, and implementing measures to ensure good governance, including on-boarding processes for directors, sub-committee charters, board assessments and review processes, and risk frameworks and assessments.
Hannah regularly helps charities obtain or change their charitable status, understand their obligations when fundraising and enter into arrangements that allow them to collaborate with others to achieve their goals (such as auspicing, funding, fundraising and service agreements). From time to time, she also helps boards resolve disagreements or disputes and assists charities to respond to ACNC investigations.
Hannah is responsible for the firm's Pro Bono practice nationally, which includes establishing the strategy and direction of the program, overseeing the various projects implemented in each office, managing a number of the firm's largest pro bono relationships and referral partnerships and ensuring the firm meets its social objectives.
Hannah works with a range of organisations, including schools, churches, political parties and charities operating across a range of sectors and for a variety of different purposes, including health, employment, education, social and public welfare, overseas aid and defence. Hannah also advises government bodies, including local councils and a broad range of corporates seeking to undertake not-for-profit businesses or activities with a social purpose.
"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
"It has been a rare delight to work with Hannah Rose as she guided us through the complex (and let's be honest, crushingly dull) process of reviewing our association's constitution and preparation for transition to a company limited by guarantee. Hannah was unfailingly professional, polite and patient with the challenges of our sprawling national volunteer organisation. I was super-impressed with the quality of the drafting and the speed with which queries were answered. Hannah was able to provide plain English explanations to members, gently and respectfully talking them through the legal requirements. I would certainly be happy to engage Hannah's services in the future should our organisation be in need of a good lawyer." Angela Pollard, Board member of a not-for-profit organisation.
"...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
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.
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.
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.