Anna accepts instructions across all of Chambers’ core practice areas with a focus on Employment, Tax (including employment-related taxation), Judicial Review, Regulatory law, Professional Negligence and Commercial Litigation (including insurance/reinsurance).
Anna has a busy Court, Tribunal and paperwork practice, taking a commercial and practical approach that is highly valued by her clients. She has particular experience of acting for clients in the financial services industry and of the intersection between employment and regulatory law. Anna is also available to conduct both employment and regulatory investigations.
She has experience of advising on matters relating to COVID-19 in particular the CJRS, the health and safety implications of returning to work and related insurance matters.
Before practising at the Bar, Anna had an extensive career spanning the private and public sectors, working in industries ranging from financial and professional services to energy and real estate. Most recently, she worked as a Strategy Consultant for Deloitte advising her clients on corporate strategy, commercial contract structuring, and high value procurement exercises. Prior to this she was appointed into a Chief of Staff role for a major hedge fund as it underwent regulation by the FCA.
Anna's ten years in the public sector saw her working in a range of senior Government roles including as Private Secretary/Chief of Staff to two Defence Ministers and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, leading negotiations at the UN and EU for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, supporting military operations in Afghanistan and three years as an advocate before the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal.
Anna is a contributing author to Discimination Law published by Bloomsbury Professional and to Lexis PSL Insurance.
Anna has a substantial and comprehensive employment practice appearing for employers and employees at all stages of proceedings in the tribunals and civil courts (including interim relief), in related judicial review proceedings together with professional negligence matters relating to employment disputes.
She is currently advising a major national organisation on the CJRS and its interaction with subsisting employment law issues and has a number of COVID-19 related dismissal and detriment cases ongoing.
She is availble to conduct investigations in the employment context with recent experience in the financial services (including for regulated firms), energy and FMCG sectors.
Anna's experience spans the full range of employment work including unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing (including applications for interim relief), equal pay, TUPE, Part-Time Worker Regulations and Business Protection and is further enhanced by her complementary experience in employment-status matters, IR35 and employment-related tax (including the taxation of termination payments).
Anna has particular experience of “whistleblowing" cases, having assisted with the leading case of Simpson v Cantor Fitzgerald Europe UKEAT/0016/18/DA and is currently instructed in a number of ongoing and high value cases.
She also has notable experience in Business Protection matters having supported Tom Croxford QC and Alice Mayhew in the case of Forse and others v Secarma Ltd and others  EWCA Civ 215 and advising a national financial services company on the enforceability and effect of restrictive covenants on a recent leaver.
Anna's experience as a Director and manager spans the public and private sectors across a broad range of industries which include financial services, professional services, defence, national infrastructure, energy, real estate and natural resources. As a result, she is able to bring a level of insight, commercial acumen and pragmatism much valued by her clients.
Recent cases include:
Anna is a contributor to the most recent edition of Discrimination Law.
She is a member of ELBA and ELA.
Drawing upon her background in financial services, Anna is able to advise on the full range of conduct and remuneration issues, the SMCR and regulatory references. Further, her extensive employment practice allows her to work seamlessly across both disciplines.
Anna is available to carry out regulatory investigations and to provide her opinion on what a regulator’s view might be of a particular instance(s) misconduct/whether any person has acted in breach of the regulatory rules or guidance.
Building on her former ten year career working across Government (MoD, Home Office and FCO), Anna has wide ranging experience of judicial review proceedings in the discrimination, employment, tax and broader public law contexts.
Recent instructions include:
Anna is available to carry out both employment and regulatory investigations with particular experience in the financial services and education sectors. Having advised Boards and Ministers in her former career, she understands the importance of an organised, thorough and practical approach.
Recent experience includes:
Anna welcomes instructions from both taxpayers and the Revenue and has particular experience in litigating appeals in relation to alleged tax avoidance.
Examples of recent and current instructions include:
She has also gained considerable advisory experience in tax planning, advising on the legitimacy of discovery assessments, capital allowances, inheritance tax, domicile and residency, the structuring of trusts and Business Property Relief.
Anna is a member of the Revenue Bar Association.
Anna has a wide range of commercial litigation experience including breach of contract, injunctive proceedings and insurance. She also has experience of related judicial review proceedings in the High Court.
In advising her clients, she is able to draw upon her extensive advisory background as a corporate and commercial strategy consultant for Deloitte and regulatory experience working for a major hedge fund to find practical and pragmatic solutions.
Her clients particularly value her mature approach and ability to distil complex arguments into cogent submissions.
She is regularly instructed by major energy companies and financial institutions with instructions ranging from financial mis-selling and breach of contract to civil fraud.
Anna is a member of COMBAR.
Anna accepts instructions in professional negligence matters with a focus on actions against solicitors, accountants and chartered tax advisors, surveyors and medical professionals.
She is comfortable acting both for and against the insured party and has particular experience and interest in acting in the employment, tax and construction contexts.
Anna is a member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association.
Anna accepts instructions across the full range of insurance and reinsurance work including in relation to COVID-19 notifications and aggregation issues.
She is also instructed in a range of professional negligence matters acting both for and against the insured party.
Recent cases include a complex advisory matter concerning a legal expenses policy, a professional negligence claim against a chartered accountant and litigation associated with a high-value insurance claim following a fatal accident at work.
She is a contributing author for Lexi PSL Insurance and a member of BILA.
Anna has particular experience of breach of contract and discrimination matters in an education context having acted for a number of higher education providers and colleges in both the Employment Tribunal and civil courts.
For example, she was recently successful at trial in resisting a claim against a University for a failure to make reasonable adjustments during its admissions procedure and in a breach of contract claim against another University, the Claimant having discontinued proceedings after her pleaded defence was served.
She is currently instructed in a pregnancy discrimination case against an Academy and in a race discrimination case against a University, both in the Employment Tribunal.
Anna is a contributing author to the current edition of Discrimination Law published by Bloomsbury Professional.
Anna is instructed at all stages of proceedings in clinical negligence matters.
Recent cases and experience include advising on the progression of a claim concerning the acceleration of chronic kidney disease following a delay in diagnosis a case of GP negligence which went to trial and drafting a schedules of loss in the High Court for a claim in respect of surgical error and advising on quantum following a delay in diagnosing a severe femoral fracture by a hospital trust.
Anna has a busy multi-track and fast-track court and advisory practice in personal injury matters acting for both Claimants and Defendants in the High Court and County Court..
In addition to running fast-track and multi-track trials, she has a busy paperwork practice and is regularly instructed to provide advice on both liability and quantum in addition to drafting schedules of loss in complex, often high value, cases.
Anna is a capable negotiator drawing upon her considerable experience of negotiating deals in both the private and public sectors.
BPP, Bar Vocational Course
BPP, Graduate Diploma in Law
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants - Certificate in Business Accounting
Bloomberg Market Concepts certified
Durham University BA(Hons) Geography
Lincoln's Inn, Lord Denning Scholar
Lincoln's Inn, Hardwicke Entrance Award
ELBA, ELA, BILA, COMBAR, RBA, PNBA