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Anna is a public lawyer who specialises in education law. Between 2016 and 2022 she was one of the junior counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, working on the residential schools investigation and the Anglican investigation.
Anna also has extensive experience of Court of Protection work, providing training on DOLS and other aspects of the COP to local authorities and organisations.
Anna is an education law specialist. She appears regularly in the First Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and High Court on education related matters. She also advises on all areas of education law, including special educational needs, disability discrimination, admissions and exclusions, educational negligence, school finance, matters related to Academies, Further Education and Higher Education. Anna also advises on teacher misconduct and referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service and the Teaching Regulation Agency.
Anna regularly provides training sessions for local authorities on special educational needs and discrimination.
Anna was a contributor to Richard McManus’ academic handbook “Education and the Courts” the third edition of which was published in December 2012.
As junior counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse between 2016 and 2022, Anna has experience of all aspects of working on a public inquiry. Working on two of the investigation strands (residential schools and Anglicans (Peter Ball case study)), Anna was involved in: scoping the investigations, advising on evidence, disclosure and other legal points, drafting requests for further evidence, advising on applications for core participant designation, analysing and reviewing documents, preparing hearings, questioning witnesses at the public hearings, analysing evidence, the warning letter process and drafting reports.
Anna has also conducted investigations for schools and local authorities into safeguarding matters.
Anna regularly appeared in the Court of Protection, appearing for both local authorities, individuals, NHS Trusts and the Official Solicitor. She has extensive experience of DOLS related matters and has acted in many complex section 21A challenges with related Human Rights Act damages claims.
Anna has wide experience of all areas of Employment Law ranging from unfair dismissal cases, to TUPE and discrimination matters and has a high rate of success in the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. She has acted in a number of lengthy discrimination cases. Anna regularly advises employment solicitors acting for both individuals and large and small employers.
Anna has developed a specialism in education related employment matters. She has acted in a number of cases for schools and local authorities defending discrimination claims.
Anna has provided advice to local authorities on a wide range of public law issues including education, community care, mental health, data protection and environmental protection. She has been involved in a number of judicial review cases representing local authorities.
Anna has particular experience in education law. She appears regularly in both the FTT, Upper Tribunal and High Court on education related matters. She also advises on all areas of education law, including issues such as special educational needs, disability discrimination, admissions and exclusions, educational negligence and matters related to Academies. Anna regularly provides training sessions on special educational needs and discrimination.
“Highly knowledgeable, supportive and efficient.” “She is very friendly and approachable.” Chambers UK
“She can handle difficult clients and situations.” Legal 500.