“She is extremely efficient, responsive and hard-working. Her skeleton arguments are exceptional.”
Chambers and Partners 2021
“Very responsive and good at communication. Her drafting and advocacy are excellent-she is always in full control.”
Chambers and Partners 2021
Annabel specialises in public law and human rights, in particular, in healthcare and mental capacity law. She also accepts instructions in commercial and construction law.
As a public lawyer, her broad experience encompasses areas such as: judicial review, human rights, mental capacity, mental health, inquests, education, information rights, community care, healthcare, immigration and public international law. Annabel regularly appears in a wide range of courts and tribunals, including the High Court.
Annabel is consistently recommended as a leading junior for Administrative & Public Law (including Local Government) and Court of Protection (Health and Welfare) by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
Annabel has a broad practice in all areas of public law and human rights. She is recommended as a leading junior for Administrative and Public Law (including Local Government) by Legal 500.
Her recent work includes:
Shortly after pupillage, Annabel was awarded the Pegasus Scholarship and undertook a 3-month traineeship at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Annabel is currently appointed to the Attorney General’s London C Panel of Counsel and the Equality and Human Rights Commission C Panel of Counsel.
Annabel frequently appears in the Court of Protection and is instructed by individuals, the Official Solicitor, local authorities, NHS bodies and care homes. She has dealt with a wide range of disputes regarding residence, care, deprivation of liberty, contact, property and financial affairs, and serious medical treatment. She has acted in complicated welfare proceedings, including serious medical treatment cases in the High Court.
She has particular expertise in cross-border cases involving the international protection of incapacitated adults and regularly acts for the Health Service Executive of Ireland in cross-border placements.
She is a contributing editor of 39 Essex Chamber’s Mental Capacity Report and the leading practitioners’ textbook, Court of Protection Practice.
Her recent work includes:
Annabel also has been instructed in a wide range of mental health proceedings including Mental Health Tribunal hearings and applications to displace a nearest relative. She has also been involved with a number of judicial review challenges concerning aftercare duties under section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
Annabel regularly appears in inquests including those concerning Article 2 ECHR. Her work includes:
Annabel is currently instructed as junior counsel to the Infected Blood Inquiry, led by Jenni Richards QC, and chaired by Sir Brian Langstaff.
Annabel has advised a number of public bodies in relation to their obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 and the applicability of various exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Annabel has appeared in the Information Rights Tribunal in a case concerning the meaning of “personal data” including “sensitive personal data”.
Annabel advises and represents schools, local authorities and parents in a wide range of education law matters including admissions appeals, infant class size appeals, school reorganisation, land transfers, special educational needs and disabilities. She appears in the Special Education Needs and Disability Tribunal. She is a contributor to the third edition of McManus’ textbook “Education and the Courts” (third edition).
Annabel was recently instructed for the claimant in a judicial review challenge relating to entry clearance (led by Lisa Giovannetti QC). She appears in the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal in bail applications on behalf of immigration detainees. Annabel has experience in proceedings concerning the unlawful detention.
Annabel has a keen interest in public international law and has advised NGOs, including Oxfam and Amnesty International, on issues such as treaty law in relation to the UN Arms Trade Treaty and international refugee law. Annabel has also advised a foreign government on the applicability of State immunity from prosecution in foreign domestic courts (led by Hazel Fox QC). Annabel has also appeared in a leading case about the international protection of adults: HSE Ireland v PA, PB and PC  EWCOP 38.
Annabel has experience in regulatory law, particularly in the healthcare and financial services sector.
In the field of healthcare, she has undertaken a secondment at Monitor where she dealt with regulatory law issues including competition law, licence conditions, enforcement, sanctions and appeals.
In the financial services sector, Annabel has undertaken a secondment at the Financial Ombudsman Service where she dealt with legal issues arising in the context of a wide range of financial services including payment protection insurance, pensions, life assurance and mortgages.
Annabel has appeared in the magistrates’ court in a licensing matter regarding “fitness to practise”. She has also advised the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the appeal processes in relation to decisions of economic sector regulators. She is a contributor to “Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings” (eighth edition) published by Jordan.
Annabel has appeared in the Employment Tribunal including in multi-day trials. She has dealt with matters of jurisdiction, unfair dismissal, misconduct, human rights, discrimination, unlawful deduction from wages and whistle-blowing.
Annabel has a broad commercial law practice and has experience of acting in contractual disputes. She has advised in respect of a wide range of financial services including loan agreements, pensions, mortgages, consumer credit and insurance. She has represented clients in the Bankruptcy Court and Companies Court.
In construction law, Annabel was instructed as junior counsel in a multi-million pound construction dispute concerning a nuclear facility. She has practical experience of complex adjudications and arbitrations. She is also a contributor to Wilmot Smith’s Construction Contracts: Law and Practice (OUP 2014).
“She is extremely efficient, responsive and hard-working. Her skeleton arguments are exceptional.” Chambers and Partners (2021)
“Very responsive and good at communication. Her drafting and advocacy are excellent-she is always in full control.” Chambers and Partners (2021)
“Annabel’s drafting is very succinct, very clear and detailed. Her advocacy is very persuasive and she is indeed a very good negotiator at the pre-hearing discussions with the other party’s set.” Legal 500 (2021)
“Annabel is a very conscientious and hard-working junior counsel with a real eye for detail. She is also very personable and easy to work with.” Legal 500 (2021)
“She is a good advocate – she focuses her points and deals with matters very carefully.” Chambers and Partners (2020)
“She is always on top of the latest legal developments and thinks outside the box to find the right solution for the client.” “Very approachable and thorough.” Chambers and Partners (2020)
“Thinks outside the box to find the right solution for the client.” Legal 500 (2020)
“A conscientious junior with a real eye for detail.” Legal 500 (2020)
“She is an excellent junior: sharp, clever, and with an amazing ability to take on cases at last minute with a very busy diary.” Chambers and Partners (2019)
“Annabel is really good with clients in stressful situations, and she’s able to stand her ground with senior barristers in cases.” Chambers and Partners (2019)
“She is excellent, reliable, inventive and intelligent. Annabel is willing to go the extra mile and is very professional.” Chambers and Partners (2018)
“I think she adds a real vibrancy, she’s really passionate and great with the clients in court. She really thinks creatively about problem solving.” Chambers and Partners (2018)