Anna brings to her practice a wide range of experiences gleaned from undertaking complex family law cases (both in her own right and whilst being led by senior members of the Bar), along with life experience, afforded to her from her military career. In particular, Anna is noted for her meticulous case preparation, her attention to solicitor and client care, and her enthusiastic and no nonsense approach to work. Anna combines such qualities with being a bold yet sensible advocate, with an ability to deliver robust advice whilst not losing sight of the need for sensitivity towards clients, especially when representing vulnerable clients or those with mental health difficulties.
Anna encompasses all aspects of family law in her practice, regularly appearing in the higher courts, including the High Court and has experience of appearing in the Court of Appeal (Family Division). Anna is also available to provide advice and to deliver training/CPD seminars to solicitors and children practitioners.
Anna has particular interest in mental health law and representing vulnerable clients, and is experienced in cases involving capacity issues, the Official Solicitor and representing clients with mental health problems and/or learning difficulties.
Anna is able to accept instructions direct from the public on cases deemed suitable for Direct Access.
– D (Appeal – Failure of Case Management)  EWHC 1907.
– R v R 2017 – finding of fact in which findings of historical sexual abuse, and controlling and coercive behaviour were proven
– H v H 2017 – representation of a client during a 5-day finding of fact hearing resulting in no findings being made that the client had sexual abused his child
– KCC v W 2016 – vitamin D deficiency case and NAI (bucket handled fractures), resulting in the successful rehabilitation of children to the mother
– KCC v D 2016 – cross-examination of several medical experts on a NAI burns case
– MCC v Z 2016 – challenge by Lithuanian authorities for the case to be heard in Lithuanian
– MCC v V 2016 – court persuaded that secure accommodation was not necessary and the child was successfully placed with his sister
– MCC v D 2016 and KCC v W 2016 – cases under the Family Drug and Alcohol Court pilot scheme
– KCC v S 2015 – NAI (extensive bruising)
– KCC v J 2015 – NAI (ribs)
– KCC v V 2015 – representation of a 15 year-old mother. Finding made by the Court that the LA was ‘negligent’ towards the mother
– Re M (A Child)  EWCA 266 Civ – representation of a father deemed ‘extremely violent’ by the Local Authority. No findings made against the father
– Re N (A Child) 2014 (unreported) – representation of a father with significant mental health problems accused of attempting to murder his baby (suffocation). Spanning 23 days at final hearing in the High Court. Led by Nkumbe Ekaney QC
– A v A 2014 – 29 findings of sexual abuse (including rape by two family members), psychological and financial control culminating in an Order of no contact being made to protect the mother (my client) and child. The father’s case under Art 8 was dismissed and following the family court findings he was deported