Anita is a family law specialist with an all-encompassing family practice in which she deals with complex High Court children cases and high-net-worth finance cases. She has practised in family law for her entire career and is adept at dealing with a range of highly complex and demanding cases.
"She has a broad practice encompassing matrimonial finance and children cases" (The Legal 500, 2016)
"Extremely good with her cross-examinations, particularly of expert witnesses" (The Legal 500, 2015)
"She leaves no stone unturned" (The Legal 500, 2014)
“Firm and authoritative in court.” (The Legal 500, 2013)
“Instantly likeable and a very capable advocate.” (The Legal 500, 2012)
Anita recently acted in High Court care proceedings where the father was a member of an extreme terrorist organisation who had made threats to kill the mother and children. The case contained classified and highly sensitive material and involved issues relating to Special Branch, Tipstaff, and The Identity and Passport Service.
She was instructed in private law proceedings for the mother in a case where the parents of a hearing child were profoundly deaf. The mother suffered from difficulties relating to drugs, alcohol and depression and a secured shared residence arrangement was put in place.
G (A child) (Contempt: Committal) 2003 1 WLR 205
Anita graduated in 1987 having read Law at Bristol and was admitted to the Inner Temple the same year. She was called to the Bar in 1988 and completed pupillage in Birmingham. She undertook child protection research in Seattle, Washington from 1988 to 1989. Previously a member of chambers in Northampton and Peterborough, Anita joined St Mary’s in 2014.
“EXTREMELY GOOD WITH HER CROSS EXAMINATION, PARTICULARLY OF EXPERT WITNESSES”
The Legal 500, 2015