A highly skilled and persuasive family barrister, Anarkali typically represents parents and children in private and public law work. She has extensive experience of private law disputes and specialises in those involving fact finds and allegations of intractable hostility. Anarkali is noted for her poise, the rigour of her intellectual analysis and the quality of focus she brings to the key issues in the case.
Anarkali is an extremely effective and popular advocate who is regularly praised by judges at all levels for strong, on-point and sophisticated arguments.
Anarkali is a specialist in cases involving children in private law proceedings. She has vast experience of some of the most serious, intractable and complex cases where children are separately represented and changes of residence are being sought. Her expertise in and knowledge of this area is almost unparalleled and the scope of her experience means that she is in a unique position to advise and represent both lay and professional parties.
The quality of her intellectual analysis means that Anarkali is regularly instructed on appeals. One of her particular strengths is drawing out the point on which a case will ‘turn’ where there are otherwise strong, competing and confusing arguments. Anarkali has experience of intra-jurisdictional and high profile client work, where issues require particularly nuanced and sensitive handling. She is regularly instructed on more unusual and niche cases, such as FGM, Re W matters, peculiar disclosure points and defended divorces.
One of Anarkali’s strengths is her ability to work with clients from all backgrounds and cultures. She is known for very high quality client care, representing her clients fearlessly whilst also guiding them carefully through one of the most difficult experiences in their lives. She is extremely approachable, down to earth, and is able to win her clients’ trust swiftly.
Anarkali has a particular interest in how the most vulnerable are represented and protected within court proceedings and accepts instructions in the Court of Protection. She has vast experience of Official Solicitor work and is very interested in how Article 6 rights are promoted for clients with profound learning difficulties who require specialist communication skills. This extends to ensuring the correct protective environment is in place within which children are required to give evidence as witnesses or when they are both children and parents within proceedings.
City University BVC
Oxford Brookes University CPE
Oxford University Literae Humaniores (Greats)
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
L (A Child)  EWHC 867 (Fam)
This judgment is interesting in that it begins to unite the two somewhat separate regimes of public and private children law, whilst reaffirming that the correct test for a change of residence is not one of ‘last resort’ in all circumstances but a welfare based balance-of-harm decision. The President states ‘one might anticipate that the threshold triggering a change of residence would, if anything, be lower than that justifying the permanent removal of a child from a family into foster care.’
The judgment explores the circumstances when it is not appropriate for a guardian to ask a child for their wishes and feelings, when to do so may harm an already highly conflicted child. It is essential reading for any practitioner who has an interest private law and the voice of the child within those disputes.