Anna is a compassionate and thoughtful barrister with a wide range of practice areas in family law. She has vast experience in representing social workers, children, guardians, parents and extended family members and is committed to ensuring her clients’ cases are put in the strongest possible terms.
Her expertise covers care proceedings specialising in chronic neglect and matters involving medical issues including appropriateness of treatment, private and public law cases where issues concerning welfare arise, adoption cases and applications made under the Inherent Jurisdiction when children are missing from care.
Anna is a qualified arbitrator and accepts instructions on a direct access basis
Anna’s well-rounded grasp of the issues comes from her former experience as a highly respected solicitor. Anna initially began a career as a nurse before turning to the law. Prior to coming to Coram, Anna worked for local authorities in London and private legal firms undertaking family advocacy work. A compassionate and understanding barrister, Anna prides herself on her using her experience as a solicitor to her clients advantage, this having prepared her in attaining specialist knowledge of the law and procedure while perfecting her client care skills.
Her notable recent cases include:
– Representing a 17 year old in a protracted private law dispute at a complex fact finding hearing;
– Acting for the a local authority concerning a child with severe medical conditions;
– A private adoption case, successfully acting for a step-parent who wished to adopt his wife’s first two children;
– Successfully defended a parent against serious allegations concerning offences of a sexual nature against a child; and
– For interveners in a care proceeding against the local authority who were allowed to seek an independent assessment for which the applicants paid.
Anna is a firm and patient negotiator and an effective and tenacious advocate for clients. In court, Anna has been described as direct, honest, and praised for her thorough cross-examination skills. She is adept at offering her clients reassuring and realistic advice while managing their expectations.
Anna is a confident speaker, often running training courses and webinars for audiences around London and the Home Counties. Her previous seminars were given to special interest groups, child care groups, Lexis Nexis, and the London Children’s Lawyers Association.
Anna is interested in the growing field of legal issues relating to advances in technology and social media, and is particularly skilled at handling cases relating to issues involving Facebook, Twitter, and online privacy.
She is also qualified to take on Direct Access work and welcomes cases of this nature.
Inns of Court School of Law
Middlesex University BA in Law and Criminology
MCIArb Children Arbitration Course
Family Law Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
“Just thought I would pass on that your Counsel today was excellent – I would use her – it’s a matter for you about future instruction but she handled a difficult situation without any flapping!”
‘As a local authority we have always received positive feedback from our client department. Anna’s robust approach is always appreciated as well as her knowledge of how local authorities operate.’
”I have known Anna Walsh for a number of years and she has developed a mature and pragmatic approach to representation. She prepares her cases assiduously and is able to negotiate with opponents and judges alike with charm and determination. She advises clients directly and respectfully and those who follow her advice are likely to get the best results from the court process.
‘It is truly apparent that Anna is dedicated to her work and supporting her clients, her affable persona combined with confident, competent approach were reassuring during a very stressful time, and helped put me at ease. Anna considered my financial situation throughout, ensuring that the most efficient solution was put in place. She was concise in her representation, missing no details and her manner in court was impeccable. I feel the combination of her accomplished professional skills and genuine, compassionate nature are why such a positive result was achieved.’