Anna Morris

Year of Call: 2006

"Her warm, friendly and sympathetic demeanour complements her fierce and no-nonsense approach to advocacy."

Chambers UK, 2019

Anna "has a good court presence...she is reliable and up for a challenge...she is very knowledgeable and is always on the end of the phone".

Chambers UK, 2018

"One of the few people who can combine huge intellectual prowess with very practical skills."

Chambers UK, 2017

"She is brilliant...one of my first choices for counsel who have an expertise in human rights and specifically freedom of assembly and association."

Chambers UK, 2016

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Anna specialises in civil liberties, human rights and private and public law claims involving 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.

Inquests and Inquiries

Overview

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.

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.

Guildford Pub Bombings 1974 - Anna is currently instructed alongside Brenda Campbell QC on behalf of those who lost loved ones as a result of the 1974 bombings. 

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. There are 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.

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Civil Liberties and Human Rights

Overview

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.

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Claims Against the Police and Public Authorities

Overview

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.

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Criminal Appeals

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.

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International Human Rights

Overview

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.

Notable Cases

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).

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Criminal Defence

Overview

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.

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Background

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.

Publications

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.

Training and Seminars

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.

Latest News

Family of murdered school girl Elsie Frost win High Court bid for new inquest into her death

Garden Court’s Anna Morris is representing Colin Frost, brother of Elsie Frost, instructed by Gemma Vine at Minton Morrill.

17 April 2019

Adjourned inquest into death of Michael Hoolickin resumes on 9 January

Garden Court's Anna Morris, instructed by Kelly Darlington of Farleys Solicitors LLP, is representing the family.

8 January 2019

Family of murdered school girl Elsie Frost apply to the Attorney General for a new inquest into her death

Anna Morris is representing Colin Frost, brother of Elsie Frost, and is instructed by Gemma Vine at Minton Morrill Solicitors.

10 October 2018

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield to go on trial for manslaughter by gross negligence

The trial of Mr Duckenfield is currently listed to start on 10 September.

29 June 2018

High Court legal challenge secures delay to wide-ranging injunction against environmental protestors

The campaigners are represented by Stephanie Harrison QC leading Timothy Baldwin and Stephen Simblet leading Anna Morris of Garden Court Chambers.

21 March 2018

Hillsborough Review backs ‘Hillsborough Law’

Seventeen barristers from Garden Court Chambers were involved in the Hillsborough inquests, representing 80 families of those who died.

1 November 2017

Hillsborough disaster: criminal charges against six people

Seventeen barristers from Garden Court Chambers represented 80 families at the Hillsborough inquest.

29 June 2017

Inadequate care at HMP Leeds contributed to the death of Vikki Thompson, who told prison staff she would ‘leave prison in a box’

Anna Morris of Garden Court Chambers represented the family at the inquest.

19 May 2017

Inquest opens into death of 21-year-old transgender woman who told prison staff she would ‘leave prison in a box’

Anna Morris of Garden Court Chambers represents the family of Vikki Thompson at the inquest.

2 May 2017

Inquest jury finds catalogue of failings by Staffordshire Police, G4S and Primecare nurses leading up to death of Darren Lyons

The family of the deceased was represented by Anna Morris of Garden Court Chambers.

1 December 2016

Garden Court and Stephanie Harrison QC shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law awards

Garden Court has been shortlisted at the Chambers Bar Awards, whilst Stephanie and our Public Law Team are shortlisted at the Legal 500 Awards.

21 October 2016

Garden Court Chambers recognised for “outstanding achievement” following Hillsborough inquests

Garden Court Chambers Hillsborough inquest team wins Outstanding Achievement Award at Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2016.

8 July 2016

Hillsborough inquest concludes 96 fans were unlawfully killed

Garden Court Chambers represented 77 families at the inquests.

26 April 2016

Chambers UK Bar Guide ranks Garden Court in Band 1

Garden Court Chambers recognised as a leading set for immigration, social housing, civil liberties, police law, Court of Protection, crime and inquests and public inquiries.

30 October 2015

Garden Court wins Legal 500 crime set of the year award

The winners in these awards are chosen by the Legal 500 as a result of thousands of interviews with firms, sets and counsel.

8 October 2015

Garden Court Chambers ranked Band 1 in Chambers UK 2014

We are once again delighted to have been ranked as a leading set by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers UK 2014 directory.

31 October 2013

Three Climate Siren activists unanimously acquitted at the Old Bailey of public nuisance for the Tower Bridge banner drop

Anna Morris represented the first defendant who, along with two others, hung a banner on top of the Paralympic Games' logo on Tower Bridge. All three were cleared of all charges.

23 October 2013

18 Garden Court barristers instructed on Hillsborough Inquest

Garden Court Chambers are pleased to announce that 18 Garden Court barristers have been instructed on the Hillsborough inquest.

18 October 2013

Garden Court Crime Team members defend EDL bomb plotters

Rajiv Menon QC, Pete Weatherby QC, Hossein Zahir, Terry Munyard and Anna Morris have acted to defend five of the six men accused of plotting to bomb a rally staged by the far right English Defence League.

11 June 2013

Henry Blaxland QC, Rajiv Menon QC, Terry Munyard, Anna Morris and Hossein Zahir in terrorism cases

Henry Blaxland QC, Rajiv Menon QC and Hossein Zahir appeared for defendants doing acts in preparation of terrorism.

30 April 2013

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Education

  • LLB Human Rights, University of Nottingham

Professional Membership

  • INQUEST Lawyers Group
  • Police Action Lawyers Group
  • Court of Protection Practitioners Association
  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association

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