Anna is an accomplished advocate specialising in employment, regulatory and commercial litigation/professional negligence. She is known for being proactive, thorough and approachable, taking a commercial and practical approach that is highly valued by her clients.
Employment and regulatory law
Appearing in high value/complex employment litigation at first instance and on appeal, Anna practises across the full spectrum of employment matters including business protection, remuneration disputes, whistleblowing, equal pay, industrial relations, TUPE and discrimination. Drawing upon her professional experience prior to coming to the Bar, she is particularly sought after by financial and professional services clients, those working in the technology sector and for cases with a cross-border and/or regulatory angle.
Anna has a busy civil court employment practice, regularly acting for employers and employees in High Court breach of contract claims relating to remuneration and in business protection litigation in respect of non-compete/solicitation and confidential information.
Anna has wide ranging experience of trade union and industrial relations matters with particular experience of securing injunctive relief in respect of industrial action.
Anna regularly conducts both employment and regulatory investigations and provides representation at a range of professional disciplinary tribunals. She is currently instructed as junior to Bruce Carr QC in the Carr Review of the Royal College of Nursing and is a member of the ELA City Regulation Standing Committee.
Regularly appearing in a broad range of commercial disputes in the High Court, County Court (multi track) and in arbitration, Anna practises across all areas of commercial litigation and industry sectors.
Her advisory and advocacy work focuses on contractual/general commercial disputes, civil fraud and insurance/reinsurance and professional negligence where she acts both for and against the insured party.
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, mining and real estate. Most recently, she led strategy consulting engagements for one of the Big 4 and prior to this she was Chief of Staff for a major new 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 Discrimination Law published by Bloomsbury Professional and to Lexis PSL Insurance.
"We trust Anna’s judgement implicitly and can rely on her to advise on whether an issue is worth pursuing and she always considers the longer-term strategy. We deploy Anna in all of our employment matters due to the quality of her advocacy and communication skills. She is always meticulously prepared, has good structure and ensures that the litigation flows." - In-house Counsel, major luxury retailer.
Anna has a substantial and comprehensive employment practice appearing for employers and employees at all stages of proceedings in the tribunal, EAT and civil courts (including claims relating to breach of contract, business protection and executive remuneration) together with professional negligence matters in respect of employment disputes.
She has particular experience in the technology, financial and professional services sectors including in relation to business protection, equal pay, whistleblowing, executive remuneration, bonus and partnership issues and is a member of the ELA City Regulation Standing Committee.
Anna is available to conduct investigations in the employment context with recent experience in the financial services (including for regulated firms), energy and FMCG sectors. She is currently junior Counsel in the Carr Review of the Royal College of Nursing.
Anna's experience spans the full range of employment work including unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing (including applications for interim relief), equal pay, TUPE, working time, breach of contract, remuneration (particularly in respect of senior executives) and business protection.
Anna has particular experience of “whistleblowing" cases (including in respect of interim relief applications), and is currently instructed in a number of ongoing, high value cases.
She also has notable experience in business protection matters including as junior to Alice Mayhew in a matter relating to the enforcement of post termination restrictions, having assisted 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.
Anna is able to advise on the personal injury aspects of employment disputes including choice of forum and the merits of bringing a claim in the civil courts. She also has experience of the detailed assessment of costs in both the civil courts and tribunal.
Recent cases include:
Anna is a contributor to the most recent edition of Discrimination Law.
She is a member of ELBA and ELA and a member of the ELA City Regulation Standing Committee.
Anna has a wide range of commercial litigation experience including breach of contract, civil fraud, injunctive relief and insurance/reinsurance.
She is currently junior to Andrew Burns QC in a high value civil fraud/professional negligence claim against a firm of trade mark attorneys/solicitors in respect of the transfer of business rights.
Other recent instructions include a range of multi track breach of contract claims, applications for injunctive relief and an action brought under Part XXV of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
Further details of her insurance practice appear below but current instructions include acting as junior to Andrew Burns QC in respect of a COVID-19 reinsurance arbitration.
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.
Anna acts for clients across all industries with a particular focus on financial services, energy, technology and professional services.
Anna is a member of COMBAR.
Anna accepts instructions in professional negligence matters with a focus on actions against solicitors and barristers.
Recent instructions include:
Anna is a member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association.
Drawing upon her background in financial services, Anna is able to advise on the full range of conduct and remuneration issues including those related to Brexit, the SMCR and regulatory references. Further, her extensive employment practice allows her to work seamlessly across both disciplines and she regularly advises on matters relating to professional conduct and discipline including providing representation at tribunal hearings.
She is a member of the ELA City Regulation Standing Committee.
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.
Recent work includes advising a major hedge fund on the regulatory implications of bringing its European branch employees onto the UK payroll, an action under Part XXV of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and conducting a regulatory investigation into the General Manager of a major credit union.
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.
Anna is currently instructed as junior to Bruce Carr QC in the Carr Review of the Royal College of Nursing.
Recent instructions include:
Anna is a member of the ELA City Regulation Standing Committee.
Anna accepts instructions across the full range of insurance and reinsurance work including in relation to COVID-19 notifications and aggregation issues.
She is currently instructed as junior to Andrew Burns QC in respect of a COVID-19 reinsurance arbitration.
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.
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ELBA, ELA, COMBAR, PNBA
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