Anne-Marie’s expertise spans both private law and public law relating to children, protracted and often intractable private law disputes, international movement of children, complex care proceedings, contested adoptions and proceedings resulting from the breakdown of adoptions. She gives every case her full attention and strives to achieve the best outcome for her clients.
In private law proceedings Anne-Marie represents parents and children through their s16.4 Guardians in the full range of disputes, including cases of intractable disputes and internal and international relocation. Her experience in public law proceedings includes complex matters involving extensive medical evidence and often in the context of allegations of serious non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and extreme neglect. She is often instructed to represent particularly vulnerable clients such as young parents and those with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities.
Anne-Marie applies a forensic, analytical approach to case preparation and adopts a subtle yet robust 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 values good working relationships with her professional and lay clients to inspire confidence in the presentation of the case and advice given. She puts lay clients at ease with her warm and approachable style of client care.
Anne-Marie has particular interest in international human rights law and she has conducted in-country research and consultation in Somaliland to develop draft child rights legislation.
Public Law Children
Private Law Children
International Family Law
Education and Professional Memberships
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
The Honourable Society of Middle Temple