Anna accepted an invitation to join Chambers in February 2015. Since then she has moved back home to Manchester and is now a door tenant.
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.
- LCC v F  – representation of a family member accused of setting fire to their home and endangering life. Cross-examination of numerous witnesses, and involving fire investigation experts over 11 days. The case also involved a litigant-in-person parent, an international missing person investigation and complaints of family members being held at knife point (all during the final hearing).
- H v S  – finding of fact hearing, with extensive findings of sexual and physical abuse successfully proven.
- CCC v S  – permanent eye damage and suspected brain damage.
- MCC v F  – Romanian child neglect case, with cross-jurisdictional, immigration and cultural issues.
- LCC v S  – a novel case exploring and exhausting expert opinion relating to a mother living within a religious community and the level of risk presents to her children as a result of her thoughts (as opposed to actions) of engaging in sexual activities with her children.
- M v S  – 13 day finding of fact hearing, concerning significant domestic abuse – physical, sexual, psychological, financial – all findings successfully proved.
- D (Appeal – Failure of Case Management)  EWHC 1907.
- R v R  – finding of fact in which findings of historical sexual abuse, and controlling and coercive behaviour were proven
- H v H  – 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  – vitamin D deficiency case and NAI (bucket handled fractures), resulting in the successful rehabilitation of children to the mother
- KCC v D  – cross-examination of several medical experts on a NAI burns case
- MCC v Z  – challenge by Lithuanian authorities for the case to be heard in Lithuanian
- MCC v V  – court persuaded that secure accommodation was not necessary and the child was successfully placed with his sister
- MCC v D  and KCC v W 2016 – cases under the Family Drug and Alcohol Court pilot scheme
- KCC v S  – NAI (extensive bruising)
- KCC v J  – NAI (ribs)
- KCC v V  – 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)  (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  – 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
- LLB (Hons) – First class
- BVC – City Law School, formerly Inns of Court School of Law
SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS
- Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth the Queens Mother’s Award (2005, 2006 and 2007) and the President’s Award (2005, 2006 and 2007), awarded by HM Forces (Army)
- Bar Council bursary to represent the UK at the 2008 Specialisation Course on International Criminal Law for Young Penalists entitled The Shari’a and International Criminal Law, held in Sicily
- Andrew McDowell Memorial Shield for academic achievement (university)
- Hardwiche Scholar (Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn)
- The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
- Lord Denning Society
- Family Law Bar Association
- Child Concern
This set comes recommended for its members' expertise in children and matrimonial finance matters. The children cases range across both public and private law work, and include those concerning non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and fabricated illness. On the financial side, the set's barristers demonstrate the ability to act in substantial financial remedies cases as well as Schedule 1 and TOLATA matters.~ Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020
Stour Chambers has 'a range of barristers at different levels suited for different cases'. Members continue to be instructed in complex multi-day cases in the public law space, where it provides 'expert counsel' across Kent and further afield involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and extreme neglect. On the family finance front, Elizabeth Spence is a go-to barrister for high-value cases with issues of minority shareholdings and opponents deploying hostile litigation tactics.~ Legal 500 Bar Guide 2021