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Notable Cases

In 2021, Ann successfully represented a vulnerable mother at Fact-Finding. A number of serious allegations had been raised including coercive controlling behaviour and domestic violence.  Findings were obtained in relation to all allegations.

In 2020, Ann successfully obtained placement of children within their wider family network.  The placement was vehemently opposed by the Mother.  Ann represented the Father.

In 2019, Ann represented an intervenor at Fact-Finding involving non-accidental injury. No findings were made against her client.

In 2019, Ann successfully obtained Forced Marriage Protection Orders and the return of a young person from Somalia where travel restrictions had been imposed to preclude the young person’s return to the United Kingdom. Ann represented the Local Authority.

In 2019, Ann successfully opposed a parent’s application to the Court of Appeal against the Care and Placement Orders made at first instance.

In 2018, Ann successfully persuaded the Court that it was appropriate to ensure that the Mother’s wishes for the child’s future religious upbringing feature as part of the criteria for selection of prospective adopters, although the welfare checklist no longer makes reference to religious upbringing as a checklist factor. Ann represented the child.

In 2017, Ann successfully challenged the basis for the Local Authority’s negative assessment of an adult sibling and the care planning in relation to the child.  Ann secured placement of the child with the adult sibling. Ann represented the adult sibling.

In 2017, Ann successfully challenged a Local Authority’s final care plan for long-term fostering, securing placement with a grandparent who had been negatively assessed.  Ann represented the grandparent.

In 2016, Ann successfully challenged a Local Authority’s final care plans of adoption for the younger children and long-term foster care for the older children, securing placement of the sibling group with their Father who had been ruled out.  Ann represented the children.

In 2016, Ann successfully challenged a Local Authority’s final care plan of adoption, securing placement with the Father who had been negatively assessed. No party supported the Father’s case. The Father had faced serious allegations at fact-finding including administering a noxious substance to a minor.  No findings were made against the Father.  Ann represented the Father.

In 2015, Ann represented a mother on a pro bono basis to secure the return of her young child from a non-Hague country (South Sudan), securing declaration of the child as a ward of the Court enabling the return of the child to the mother.

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Background

Before becoming a barrister in 2016, Ann worked as a Solicitor (having qualified in 2006). As a Solicitor, although specialising in children law, she also worked more widely across the field of family law, including relating to financial remedies and child abduction.  Ann accepted instructions through the Official Solicitor and undertook some work involving Declaratory Relief and Best Interests.

Ann held the right to represent clients in senior courts and held Resolution's Specialist Family Lawyer Accreditation. She was also a member of the Law Society Children Panel. Immediately before joining Garden Court Chambers, Ann worked as a freelance advocate for a large legal aid firm in London.

Education

BA Hons Goldsmiths, University of London

Professional Membership

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Gray's Inn

Languages

  • French (basic)

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