Anna is a member of the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation Scheme and specialises in cases concerning children including in public law proceedings where the local authority has applied for, or is thinking of applying for, Care and Supervision Orders, Emergency Protection, Placement and Adoption Orders, or where they are considering placing children with family members under Special Guardianship Orders. Anna regularly represents parents and other family members in complex cases involving allegations of non-accidental injury, parental mental health, learning disabilities and substance misuse, cross jurisdictional issues, and cases involving children with complex physical, emotional and educational needs.
Anna also represents clients in relation to private law proceedings where there is a dispute about with whom the child shall live and/or with which family members the child shall spend time, also where Prohibited Steps / Specific Issue Orders are required, and in relation to Leave to remove applications where a parent wishes to relocate with the child (ren) to another country, or the other parent from whom they are separated wishes to do so.
Anna is an experienced advocate who regularly undertakes her own advocacy at court. Anna is aware that many of her clients are vulnerable and through her sensitive handling of their cases she is able to support them through what can be a very difficult, worrying and confusing time.
Managing clients’ expectation and keeping clients updated as to the progress of their case. Ensuring that they understand what is required of them and the consequences of not complying with those requirements.
Anna’s approach is to be honest and frank with her clients about the decisions which the court can make, and ensures that they in a position to make informed decisions within proceedings.
Anna has an empathetic, supportive and sensitive approach to her clients and ensures that she thoroughly explains the relevant law and the court process to her clients in a way that is easy for them to understand so that they can feel less daunted by what is happening.
Anna often goes the extra mile for her clients which is usually appreciated.
In 2007 whilst completing the academic stage of her law training, Anna was employed by a firm in Essex as assistant to a family solicitor where she was exposed to care proceedings and private law cases concerning child arrangements, and developed a keen interest in such cases. In 2008 whilst continuing her legal studies, Anna was employed by a high profile firm in North London where she regularly attended court with counsel on a variety of cases concerning children. This led Anna to crystalise her aspirations to become a specialist child care solicitor.
Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation Scheme
Association of Lawyers for Children
London Children’s Lawyers
Anna has been very supportive throughout my case. She took the time to explain things to me in a way that I understood including when to make my application to the court to ensure that I had the best possible chance of success. I would never had the chance to see my daughter without her commitment and hard work.
Anna always went the extra mile which has not gone unnoticed.
Anna’s advice was clear and easy to understand. It has really helped me to decide whether I should make an application to court.