Barrister | Called 2015
Anna is originally from the Midlands and returned to the area to study History at The University of Birmingham. She then went on to study the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Bar Course at University of Law, Birmingham, where she achieved the overall highest mark for Advocacy on the Bar course in 2014/15.
Since joining chambers Anna has developed a varied and busy practice specialising in Family Finance and Personal Injury law.
- Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law,
- Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School,
- BA Hons History, University of Birmingham.
Anna has a varied Civil practice and regularly appears in both Fast Track and Small Claims trials. Anna is instructed on behalf of Claimants and Defendants in a range of matters including all areas of personal injury, road traffic accidents and credit hire cases.
Anna has also appeared in applications and case management hearings in a variety of personal injury cases. In addition to regularly appearing in court, Anna also employs her keen attention to detail and efficient working methods to produce written advices and pleadings to a high standard and to strict deadlines. She is regularly instructed to advise in cases concerning personal injury liability and quantum issues.
Anna also accepts instructions on a CFA basis in appropriate cases.
- Providing a Preliminary advice as to potential liability, drafting pleadings and then advising on a Part 36 offer which resulted in the Client obtaining a significant award as a result of a permanent disabling injury.
- Advising on quantum in a personal injury claim involving a child suffering from complex psychological symptoms.
- Representing a Claimant in a claim against the council related to property damage caused by a falling tree.
- Successfully arguing against the application of fixed costs in an infant approval hearing in a dispute as to whether the Portal rules applied.
- Representing an Ambulance driver defending a claim of negligent driving, resulting in the claim being dismissed.
Anna has a busy financial remedy practice dealing with low to mid net worth cases. She has regularly acted for the Husband and Wife at all stages of proceedings following the breakdown of a relationship, from contested divorce hearings to advising on appropriate settlement options, negotiating favourable settlements at FDR and representing clients at Final Hearings.
Anna also has experience in Section 37 and Maintenance Pending Suit applications and cases involving constructive trust issues.
Anna specialises on financial remedy cases and so does not accept instructions in Private Children or Care cases.
- Represented Respondent in an intervenor claim regarding a potential interest in the Former Matrimonial Home.
- Successfully argued for costs to be awarded against a party, on an indemnity basis, in a financial remedy case involving substantial issues of non-disclosure and dissipation of assets.
- Represented a client in a final hearing in which the Respondent argued they had no income and had significant debts. Secured findings, after cross-examination, that they did in fact have an income they were not declaring and did not have any debts. Obtained an order that the client retained the only asset, the Former Matrimonial Home, in full and received spousal maintenance.
- Representing a client at a Maintenance Pending Suit hearing and obtained an order for maintenance of £3,500 per month and costs.
- Persuaded Judge to draw adverse inferences against Respondent, through cross-examination, and in doing so secured an order where the client received the equivalent of 87% of the equity in the Former Matrimonial Home and a spousal maintenance order.
- Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn.
- Wolfson Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn.
- Oral Skills (Advocacy) prize for achieving the overall highest mark for Advocacy on the Bar course in Birmingham in 2014/15 by the University of Law.
Anna is a keen walker and often enjoys trips to the Scottish Highlands with her dogs.