Anne-Marie is a very experienced, specialist family law practitioner. In public law proceedings Anne-Marie is regularly instructed on highly complex matters including those involving extensive medical evidence and parallel criminal proceedings, often in the context of allegations of serious non-accidental injury and extreme sexual abuse. Her experience extends across all areas of domestic and international proceedings relating to children, including both convention and non-convention abduction cases and the international movement of children. Anne-Marie is a member of the Court of Protection team and has a particular interest in international human rights law, development and transitional justice derived from postgraduate study.
Anne-Marie is extremely hardworking and applies a forensic, analytical approach to case preparation. She is acutely aware of the need rigorously to assess the evidence and merits of each case. She is readily able to assimilate and assess complex facts, evidence and the relevant law. Anne-Marie has a conscientious, subtle and effective advocacy style. She has been described as having “understated, highly effective negotiation skills” that are put to good effect in the representation of her clients’ interests throughout the legal process.
Anne-Marie represents the full range of clients including local authorities, family members and children, both through their Guardians and when separately represented. She is often instructed to represent particularly vulnerable clients such as young parents and those with mental health difficulties. She does not shy away from adopting a robust approach whether that be to advocacy or the advice given. Anne-Marie considers it extremely important to develop good working relationships with her professional and lay clients to inspire confidence in the presentation of the case and advice given. She understands that lay clients in particular may find court proceedings stressful and she is often able to put them at their ease with her warm and approachable style of client care.
Adult and Social Care
BA (Hons) Manchester University 1996
Postgraduate Diploma in Law Manchester Metropolitan University 1999
LLM International Law (Distinction) SOAS, University of London 2011
Middle Temple Blackstone Entrance Exhibitioner 1999
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children