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Anna Morris

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Anna Morris
Legal 500 UK Awards 2015: Winner
"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."
Chambers UK Bar Guide

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 also represents vulnerable individuals in proceedings before the Court of Protection. Anna advises a number of NGOs and other not-for profit organisations.

What Others Say

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 work. she is described as “Brilliant. She does heavy duty inquests and is relied on as a senior barrister. Chambers and Partners (2016)

Anna was senior counsel representing 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. The Garden Court Chambers Hillsborough Team were awarded the 2016 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award.

Anna’s practice specialises in complex inquests that engage Article 2 ECHR. Anna is fearless jury advocate with extensive experience within the criminal and civil courts.  Anna has particular expertise in inquests that involve those suffering complex mental health issues, both in state custody under the Mental Health Act and in the community. Anna has extensive experience in representing families in prison and police related deaths and deaths involving restraint. Anna also frequently represents families at inquests following criminal prosecutions where the deceased has been the victim of murder where the perpetrator was known to state agencies.

Anna also provides specialist advice to families before and after the inquest process in respect of civil claims in damages under the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Fatal Accidents Act. Anna is also experienced in Judicial Review proceedings arising from the inquest process.

Anna sits as an Assistant Coroner for Greater Manchester South.

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. Anna has advised in a number of claims under the Human Rights Act against police forces for their failure to investigate allegations of serious offences or handle sensitive data appropriately. 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. Anna has advised and litigated successful claims for claimants who are members of the Occupy Democracy, Critical Mass and Anti-Fracking movements.

Anna currently represents named defendants to the application in the High Court for an interim injunction made by UK Oil and Gas in relation to their sites at Horse Hill and Broadford Bridge in Sussex.

Anna also advises a number of campaigning organisations and NGOs on litigation and legal strategy including those representing individuals detained subject to the death penalty and those representing former detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Anna is an experienced Crown Court advocate who has represented defendants accused of terrorism, serious drugs importation, multi-million-pound fraud and other serious offences. She specialises in abuse of process arguments.

Anna is also 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 was appointed by Reprieve to represent a pregnant British national who was facing the death penalty in Laos for drug offences. After visiting the young woman in Laos and meeting with the relevant authorities, Anna was able to secure the swift release and her repatriation back to the UK. Anna was then involved in the habeas corpus and judicial review proceedings that brought to light the failings of the Laos legal system and tested the UK’s ability to detain an individual following a foreign trial that may have breached Article 6 ECHR; Orobator v HMP Holloway & Anor EWHC 28 (Admin).

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

Hillsborough Inquest

UK Oil & Gas & Ors v Persons Unknown & Ors – Application for injunction to prevent protest at Claimants’ sites in Sussex.

Inquest Touching of the Death of VT – Article 2 Inquest/ HMP Armley. Death of a transgender woman as a result of self-harm in a male prison.

Inquest Touching on the Death of DL – Article 2 Inquest/ Police Station. 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.

Inquest Touching on the Death of CM/JB – Article 2 Inquest/HMP Humber. Instructed in a number of the inquests arising from self-inflicted deaths in HMP Humber in 2015/2016.

DB v Chief Constable -Settlement of claim in damages as result of police officer “sexting” victim of crime.

JP & Ors v Commissioner of Police – Settlement of claim in damages as a result of policing of the “Critical Mass” cycle ride on the day of the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony.

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 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.

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