Anita is well respected in the local area. She is comfortable in court, and her cross-examination is robust and thorough. (The Legal 500 2024)
Anita graduated in 1987 having read Law at Bristol and was admitted to the Inner Temple the same year. She was called to the Bar in 1988 and completed pupillage in Birmingham. She undertook child protection research in Seattle, Washington from 1988 to 1989. Previously a member of chambers in Northampton and Peterborough, Anita joined St Mary’s in 2014.
Anita has extensive experience in complex public law cases, acting for local authorities, parents, guardians and other family members.
Anita deals with a range of financial remedies cases from those with limited assets all the way up to complex matters for high net worth clients.
Cases & Publications
Anita recently acted in High Court care proceedings where the father was a member of an extreme terrorist organisation who had made threats to kill the mother and children. The case contained classified and highly sensitive material and involved issues relating to Special Branch, Tipstaff, and The Identity and Passport Service.
She was instructed in private law proceedings for the mother in a case where the parents of a hearing child were profoundly deaf. The mother suffered from difficulties relating to drugs, alcohol and depression and a secured shared residence arrangement was put in place.
G (A child) (Contempt: Committal) 2003 1 WLR 205
‘A persuasive advocate who is excellent in her preparation and dealing with vulnerable clients.’ (The Legal 500 2021)
"Particularly strong on care proceedings" (The Legal 500 2020)
"Well known for handling high-net-worth finance cases and public law cases" (The Legal 500 2019)
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