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Anna Ratcliffe



Prior to transferring to the Bar, Anna worked as a solicitor in Wedlake Bell’s family department. As a solicitor Anna had a broad family law practice advising on matters including divorce, financial remedies, pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitation, injunctions, and private law children proceedings.


Having originally trained and qualified at city law firm Allen & Overy, Anna has a good grounding in matters related to financial remedy proceedings such as corporate and pensions law. Anna has a busy family law practice at the Bar. Her work primarily focuses on financial remedy and private law children matters; however, she also has experience of proceedings concerning forced marriage and adoption. Anna has a particular interest in cases with an international element and has experience of working on complex cases involving multiple jurisdictions.

Anna transferred to the bar in 2015 having completed the Bar Transfer Test. Anna’s previous experience of conducting all aspects of cases in the family courts gives her an acute appreciation of the importance of combining a constructive and empathetic approach with firm and realistic advice. She is recognised as being clever, practical, and dedicated to her clients.

Anna has travelled extensively and has spent extended periods volunteering in Kenya and Ghana. In 2013 she completed the trek to Everest base camp.

Practice Areas

Private Law Children

Finance and Private Client

International Family Law

Education and Professional Memberships

BA (Hons) Social and Political Science, Cambridge University (Pembroke College) 

Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School 

Legal Practice Course, College of Law 

Bar Transfer Test, BPP Law School 

Lincoln’s Inn