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Anna is a compassionate and thoughtful barrister
with a wide range of practice areas in family law. She has vast experience in
representing social workers, children, guardians, parents and extended family
members and is committed to ensuring her clients’ cases are put in the
strongest possible terms.
Her expertise covers care proceedings specialising
in chronic neglect and matters involving medical issues including
appropriateness of treatment, private and public law cases where issues
concerning welfare arise, adoption cases and applications made under the
Inherent Jurisdiction when children are missing from care.
Experience
Anna’s well-rounded grasp of the issues comes from
her former experience as a highly respected solicitor. Anna initially began a
career as a nurse before turning to the law. Prior to coming to
Coram, Anna worked for local authorities in London
and private legal firms undertaking family advocacy work. A compassionate and
understanding barrister, Anna prides herself on her using her experience as a
solicitor to her clients advantage, this having prepared her in attaining
specialist knowledge of the law and procedure while perfecting her client care
skills.
Her notable recent cases include:
·Representing a 17 year old in a
protracted private law dispute at a complex fact finding hearing;
·Acting for the a local authority
concerning a child with severe medical conditions;
·A private adoption case, successfully
acting for a step-parent who wished to adopt his wife’s first
two children;
·Successfully defended a parent
against serious allegations concerning offences of a sexual nature against a
child; and
·For interveners in a care proceeding
against the local authority who were allowed to seek an independent assessment
for which the applicants paid.
Anna is a firm and patient negotiator and an
effective and tenacious advocate for clients. In court, Anna has been described
as direct, honest, and praised for her thorough cross-examination skills.
She is adept at offering her clients reassuring and realistic advice
while managing their expectations.
Anna is a confident speaker, often running training
courses and webinars for audiences around London and the Home Counties. Her
previous seminars were given to special interest groups, child care groups,
Lexis Nexis, and the London Children’s Lawyers Association.
Anna is interested in the growing field of legal
issues relating to advances in technology and social media, and is particularly
skilled at handling cases relating to issues involving Facebook, Twitter, and
online privacy.
She is also qualified to take on Direct Access work
and welcomes cases of this nature.
Practice Areas
Children – private and public
Domestic abuse
Testimonials
"Just thought I would pass on that
your Counsel today was excellent – I would use her – it’s a matter for you
about future instruction but she handled a difficult situation without any
flapping!”
‘As a local authority we have always
received positive feedback from our client department. Anna’s robust
approach is always appreciated as well as her knowledge of how local
authorities operate.’
”I have known Anna Walsh for a number
of years and she has developed a mature and pragmatic approach to
representation. She prepares her cases assiduously and is able to negotiate
with opponents and judges alike with charm and determination. She advises
clients directly and respectfully and those who follow her advice are likely to
get the best results from the court process.
‘It is truly apparent that Anna is
dedicated to her work and supporting her clients, her affable persona combined
with confident, competent approach were reassuring during a very stressful
time, and helped put me at ease.
Anna considered my financial
situation throughout, ensuring that the most efficient solution was put in
place. She was concise in her representation, missing no details and her manner
in court was impeccable.
I feel the combination of her
accomplishedprofessionalskills and genuine, compassionate nature
are why such a positive result was achieved.’
Professional Memberships
Middle Temple
Family Law Bar Association
ALC
Education
Inns of Court School of Law
Middlesex University BA in Law and Criminology
 

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