Hannah Leader was called to the bar in 1976 after two years in the magistrates courts service following university. She practiced as a barrister in the chambers of Sir Louis Blom-Cooper for three years before moving to the United States. After qualifying for the California Bar, she practiced as an attorney at Irell & Manella in Century City, in the area of entertainment litigation. In 1981, following the birth of her son, she moved to Northern California and worked in Silicon Valley in the area of high technology disputes and trade secret litigation.
Hannah returned to the UK in 1984 and worked for two years in the London office of New York attorneys Proscauer Rose Goetz and Mendelsohn. She left to join Vestron Video International as Vice-President of International Business Affairs. While in that job she helped set up and manage subsidiaries in France, Germany, Japan, Scandinavia, Benelux and the UK. In that time she gained valuable experience in the film marketing and distribution areas to supplement her business affairs experience. She was also responsible for the negotiation of Vestron’s film acquisitions for the international markets.
After leaving the company and returning to private practice, Hannah practiced in her own law firm Yusef & Leader, in partnership with Mohammed Yusef, specializing in independent film finance. During that period she worked extensively for Capitol Films and eventually joined them in June 1994.
At Capitol, Hannah negotiated and closed numerous film financing transactions, sales acquisitions, tax-based transactions and innumerable distribution contracts throughout the world. She attended all the major film markets to facilitate the negotiation of the best possible distribution deals to help maximize gross receipts for Capitol and its producers. She has served as executive producer on a number of films including the critically acclaimed and Academy award winning Gosford Park. Hannah was also involved in Capitol’s artists’ contracts and other production legal work as well supervising the funding arrangements.
In 2006 Hannah and her partners sold Capitol Films to a US Company and Hannah left the company in 2008. She now practices law with New Media Law in London specialising in Film and Television financing and distribution work She has also founded a production company which is producing filmed worship content for use with data projectors in Churches and in educational settings.
Hannah lectures regularly for the Mega masters course in film production and financing in Ronda.