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Anna Morris

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Anna Morris
Legal 500 UK Awards 2015: Winner
"An outstanding junior. Thorough, immensely talented and fearless." "Her warm, friendly and sympathetic demeanour complements her fierce and no-nonsense approach to advocacy."

Chambers UK, 2019

Practice

Anna specialises in civil liberties, human rights and private and public law claims against public authorities. Her practice includes inquests, civil actions against the police, judicial review and international public law. Anna acts for bereaved families and claimants in private and public law proceedings. Anna has a particular expertise in the law relating to policing protests, public order and deaths in custody.

Anna has been appointed as an Assistant Coroner for Greater Manchester (South) (part-time)

What Others Say

Ranked in Chambers UK 2019 for both Civil Liberties and Human Rights and Police Law, it is said that Anna is “an outstanding junior. Thorough, immensely talented and fearless.” “She is empathetic and makes clients feel comfortable and secure. She is quick to respond and her advice is sound.” “Her warm, friendly and sympathetic demeanour complements her fierce and no-nonsense approach to advocacy.”

Anna is ranked in the Legal 500 2019 for her Inquests and Inquiries work: Her warm approach to the client complements her fierce approach to advocacy.”

Ranked in Chambers UK 2018 for both Civil Liberties and Human Rights and Police Law, it is said that Anna “has a good court presence”, “she is reliable and up for a challenge”, and that “she is very knowledgeable and is always on the end of the phone”.

Anna is ranked in the Legal 500 2017 for her Inquests and Inquiries work:“An excellent advocate, who achieves excellent results for families at inquests.”

Anna is ranked in Chambers UK 2017 for both Civil Liberties and Human Rights and Police Law, it is said that Anna “is one of the few people who can combine huge intellectual prowess with very practical skills.” “She has a good advocacy style. “She is thorough, helpful, diligent and has a specialist knowledge of protest law.”

Anna is ranked in the Legal 500 2016 for her Inquests and Inquiries work: “The empathy and compassion that she has for bereaved families is second to none.”

Anna is ranked in Chambers UK 2016 for both Civil Liberties and Human Rights and Police Law (Claimant) where she is described as “Very sensible, good with the client and accessible.” “She is brilliant. She does heavy duty inquests and is relied on as a senior barrister. She is one of my first choices for counsel who have an expertise in human rights and specifically freedom of assembly and association.”

 

Anna is widely recognised for her significant inquest and inquiries practice. Anna counsel represented 14 families who lost loved ones in the Hillsborough Stadium disaster and was heavily involved in the section of the Inquest that examined the actions of South Yorkshire Police in the aftermath of the disaster.

Anna’s practice specialises in complex inquests that engage Article 2 ECHR. she is a natural jury advocate with extensive experience developed within the criminal and civil courts.  Anna frequently represents families in prison and police related deaths and deaths involving restraint. She has particular expertise in inquests that involve those suffering complex mental health issues, both in state detention, detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 and in the community.

Anna has a particular interest in post-homicide Article 2 inquests. She currently represents a number of families of the victims of murder and has successfully argued in those cases that inquests should be resumed following a criminal prosecution where the perpetrator was known to state agencies in order that the inquest can investigate any failings of those agencies that contributed to the death.

Anna also provides specialist advice to families before and after the inquest process in respect of civil claims in damages. She is also experienced in Judicial Review proceedings arising from the inquest process.

Anna has been appointed as an Assistant Coroner for Greater Manchester (South).

Notable Cases

Manchester MEN Arena Bombing Inquest – Anna is currently instructed on behalf of the family of Saffie- Rose Roussos in the inquests which are due to commence hearings in 2019.

Hillsborough Inquest – Represented 14 families whose loved ones died at Hillsborough Stadium on 15th April 1989. Instructed by Birnberg Pierce and Partners alongside Brenda Campbell QC to lead the questioning on behalf of the HFSG families during the section on the inquest focusing on the policing of the fans outside the stadium. Was also junior counsel to Michael Mansfield QC and Peter Wilcock QC as part of the team of counsel leading the questioning in respect of the actions of South Yorkshire Police officers in the ‘cover up’ of the role their officers played in the disaster.

Inquest Touching on the death of CS [2018] – Article 2 inquest following the murder of the partner of an offender released on license whilst serving a life sentence for another domestic homicide. Investigation into potential failings of probation service and other state agencies.

Inquest Touching on the death of JG [2018]– Article 2 inquest following the murder of a man by an offender released on license whilst serving a life sentence for murder. Investigation into potential failings of the probation service to monitor the offender’s license condition.

Inquest Touching on the death of TC [2018] – Article 2 inquest into the death of an 18-year-old woman with recently diagnosed personality disorder who was found deceased 2 days following her self- discharge from an acute psychiatric unit. Investigation into the potential failings of mental health services to asses and manage her risk of suicide at discharge and the police response the report of her as a missing person.

Inquest Touching on the death of MJ [2018] – Article 2 inquest into the death of a young man who died following restraint by the police during a period of disturbed behaviour. Issues of complex medical interaction between cocaine toxicity, behavioural disturbance, hyperthermia and bowel ischaemia.

Inquest Touching of the Death of VT [2017]– Article 2 Inquest/ Death in custody HMP Armley. Death of a transgender woman as a result of self-harm in a male prison. Investigation into adequacy of NOMS and HMP policy on treatment of Transgender Prisoners and assessment and management of risk of self-harm & suicide. Jury returned critical narrative conclusion.

Inquest Touching on the Death of DL [2016]– Article 2 Inquest/ death in custody. Inquest into the death of a man with mental health and substance misuse issues who was taken into the police station whilst acutely unwell and died in a police cell without receiving any medical attention. Jury returned critical narrative conclusion.

Anna specialises advising and representing Claimants in both civil claims for damages and public law remedies. Anna has a particular interest in claims against public authorities on behalf of children and vulnerable adults, including those with mental health issues. Anna works with a number of groups who are survivors of child sexual exploitation and is developing expertise in litigation in this area.

Anna advises in claims under the Human Rights Act against police forces for their failure to investigate allegations of serious offences or handle sensitive data appropriately in breach of Article 2, 3 and 8 ECHR.

Anna also specialises in claims against the police and public authorities arising from political demonstrations and incursions on the right to freedom of assembly and freedom of speech, violations of Articles 8,10 and 11 ECHR. Anna has advised and litigated successful claims for individuals who are members of the Occupy Democracy, Critical Mass and Anti-Fracking movements.

Anna has a particular interest in transgender rights and is part of the Transgender Equality Legal Initiative (TELI). Anna represented the family of Vikki Thompson, a transgender woman who died in HMP Armley, a male prison and is involved in advocacy and policy work to promote and support transgender rights.

Notable Cases

SL, BW & HW v Chief Constable of South Wales Police [2018] – Civil Claim in damages for false imprisonment, assault and malicious prosecution and violations of Article 8, 10 and 11 ECHR arising from the arrest of the Claimants who were protesting outside an Arms Trade Fair in Cardiff. The Defendant settled the claim by agreeing to pay damages and costs.

AW v Ministry of Justice [2018] Civil claim in damages for negligence and violation of Article 3 ECHR for a failure to protect the Claimant prisoner from being taken hostage by a fellow inmate, who had threatened to take him hostage in the hearing of officers. The Defendant settled the claim by agreeing to pay damages and costs.

DB v Chief Constable of Hampshire Police [2017] – Civil Claim in damages for misfeasance in public officer, and violation of Article 8 ECHR arising from an officer on duty “sexting” a complainant who reported to be the victim of crime. The Defendant settled the claim by agreeing to pay damages and costs.

LM v (1) Pennine Acute Hospital Trust (2) Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust [2018] – Civil Claim in damages for violation of Article 2 ECHR following the death of LM’s son who presented at A&E with cut wrists but was allowed to leave before being seen and was not reported as a high risk missing person. The Defendant settled the claim by agreeing to pay damages and costs.

Anna is recognised as one of the leading claimant barristers in the area of police law. She has particular expertise in claims arising out of protests and demonstrations, and in claims that involve police contact with vulnerable adults and children. Her parallel expertise in inquests that arise following deaths in police or state custody means that she also frequently advises on civil claims under Article 2 ECHR, the right to life.

Anna has a particular interest in claims against public authorities on behalf of children and vulnerable adults, including those with mental health issues. Anna works with a number of groups who are survivors of child sexual exploitation and is developing expertise in litigation in this area.

Anna also advises legal and campaigning organisations on topics such as mental health and policing and the accountability of police for investigating allegations of child sexual abuse.

Notable Cases

SL, BW & HW v Chief Constable of South Wales Police [2018] – Civil Claim in damages for false imprisonment, assault and malicious prosecution and violations of Article 8, 10 and 11 ECHR arising from the arrest of the Claimants who were protesting outside an Arms Trade Fair in Cardiff. The Defendant settled the claim by agreeing to pay damages and costs.

JP & Ors v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [2017] – Civil Claim in damages for false imprisonment, assault and violations of Articles 8, 10 and 11 ECHR arising from the arrest of the Claimants who were taking part in the “Critical Mass” Cycle Ride on the day of the London Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2012. The Defendant settled the claim by agreeing to pay damages and costs.

AW v Ministry of Justice [2018] Civil claim in damages for negligence and violation of Article 3 ECHR for a failure to protect the Claimant prisoner from being taken hostage by a fellow inmate, who had threatened to take him hostage in the hearing of officers. The Defendant settled the claim by agreeing to pay damages and costs.

DB v Chief Constable of Hampshire Police [2017] – Civil Claim in damages for misfeasance in public officer, and violation of Article 8 ECHR arising from an officer on duty “sexting” a complainant who reported to be the victim of crime. The Defendant settled the claim by agreeing to pay damages and costs.

LM v (1) Pennine Acute Hospital Trust (2) Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust [2018] – Civil Claim in damages for violation of Article 2 ECHR following the death of LM’s son who presented at A&E with cut wrists but was allowed to leave before being seen and was not reported as a high risk missing person. The Defendant settled the claim by agreeing to pay damages and costs.

Anna began her career at the bar as a criminal defence practitioner and is an experienced Crown Court advocate who has represented defendants accused of terrorism, serious drugs importation, multi-million-pound fraud and other serious offences. Anna brings her breadth of knowledge across the civil and public law fields to legal arguments around disclosure, abuse of process and admissibility of evidence.

Anna has a strong reputation for successfully defending protestors accused of committing offences during demonstrations. With her expertise in protest law across the criminal and civil fields, Anna has been involved in a number of significant areas of litigation around political protest and is the co- author of The Protest Handbook (Bloomsbury Professional)

Notable Cases

R -v- I & Ors [2018] – 6 Defendants indicted with kidnap, false imprisonment and ABH.

R -v H, B & Ors [2018] – Defendants accused of brothel-keeping. Abuse of process argument that centres on local police policy which permitted the operation of the premises over a 15-year period without arrest.

R -v – Basto & Ors – Defendants acquitted of public nuisance after they climbed to the top of Tower Bridge and abseiled down, unfurling a large banner highlighting the threats of Climate Change.

R -v Finch – Successful defence to brothel-keeping charges on the basis that s.33A Sexual Offences Act, which prevents sex-worker from working collectively is unsafe.

Anna is an experienced appellate advocate and is currently instructed on behalf of the family of Susan May who died in 2013 after serving a life sentence for the murder of her aunt, in respect of her pending application before the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Anna is a member of the legal Advisory Group for the Centre for Criminal Appeals.

Anna holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law and Human Rights from the University of Nottingham. Anna has advised and delivered training on behalf of a number of International organisations including the OSCE and Amnesty International.

Anna holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law and Human Rights from the University of Nottingham. In 2012/2013 Anna was an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London and convened the Criminal Justice Process module on the BSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Anna was research assistant to Sir Keir Starmer QC when he was in practice at Doughty Street Chambers.

Anna co-authored The Protest Handbook (2012) Bloomsbury Professional. Described by Shami Chakrabati of Liberty as a text that, “compendiously sets out the law relevant to protest. It will no doubt become a standard resource for campaigners and their advisers.” (Read reviews for The Protest Handbook) Or follow on Twitter: @ProtestHandbook.

In addition, Anna regularly contributes to Westlaw Insight and Lexis Nexis.

Anna is the founder of the Women in Justice Network (twitter) @womeninjusticeuk_ Which provides a forum for women across the justice sector to share ideas and develop collaborative strategies for social justice.

Anna regularly provides training on Coronial law and litigation under the HRA 1998.

Anna has advised and delivered training on behalf of a number of International organisations including the OSCE and Amnesty International.

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