Anna practises in employment, commercial and public law. Before coming to the bar, Anna qualified as a solicitor and a New York State attorney and worked in international courts. She is particularly interested in disputes involving cross-border elements and developing areas of law, having recently appeared as counsel in leading Covid-19 judgments.

Her practice covers all areas of civil and commercial litigation. She is particularly sought after in group litigation and business and human rights. Anna is instructed in several high-profile group litigation cases, including the emissions litigation and the Uber drivers litigation. She is also a UK rapporteur for the journal Mass Claims.

Her employment law practice frequently touches on novel points of law. She appeared (led) in the first appellate case in the Employment Appeal Tribunal concerning health and safety dismissals in the Covid-19 era. She is an appointed member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association’s Legislative and Policy Committee, for which she has chaired numerous consultations, including ELA’s response to the Government’s Bill of Rights consultation.

Anna has a broad and growing public law practice. She regularly represents clients in the Court of Protection and acts in complex judicial reviews. For example, she was junior counsel in the October 2020 challenge to the ‘rule of six’ lockdown regulations in R (Dolan) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care [2020] EWHC 3857 (Admin). She is also a Public Law Tutor at Queen Mary University of London.

Anna accepts instructions through the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Scheme. Please see further details of her qualifications and experience below.

 

Employment

Anna is an experienced trial and appellate advocate. She represents claimants and respondents at all stages in proceedings including preliminary hearings, judicial mediations, final hearings, and appeals.

She has appeared (led) in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the first appellate case concerning health and safety dismissals in the Covid-19 era.

Recent instructions include:

  • Junior counsel in group litigation representing more than one thousand Uber drivers claiming holiday pay and national minimum wage.
  • Counsel for successful claimant in complex two-week Employment Tribunal proceedings involving claims of unfair dismissal, direct discrimination, whistleblowing, and victimisation.
  • Representing successful claimant in a two-day final hearing in an unfair constructive dismissal claim concerning the respondent’s imposition of a 10% pay cut.
  • Representing two whistleblowing van drivers who were successful in (i) establishing worker status (ii) the respondent’s liability for automatically unfair dismissal, and (iii) costs of over £6,000 for the respondent’s unreasonable conduct.

Anna is regularly instructed to draft statements of case and has acted and advised in cases involving unfair dismissal, discrimination, and wrongful termination, amongst others. Anna has acted in cases involving furlough fraud, health and safety dismissals, and dismissals relating to the inability to secure childcare during lockdown.

Commercial

Anna has advised on various commercial disputes, including partnership, restraint of trade, and contractual disputes.

While training as a solicitor at an international law firm in London, she worked on a range of commercial disputes (including international arbitrations), contentious insolvency, banking, and planning and environment law cases. These covered the oil and gas, financial, and hospitality sectors.

Group litigation

Anna is acting in various high-profile group litigation claims, including:

  • Re Emissions litigation – acting on claims against multiple vehicle manufacturers, finance companies and car dealerships in claims related to the so-called diesel-gate scandal. The claims allege that vehicles contain unlawful defeat devices within the meaning of Article 5(2) of EC Regulation 2007/715.
  • Uber Drivers – representing over one thousand Uber Drivers in their claims for national minimum wage and holiday pay.

Public law

Judicial Review: Anna acted as junior counsel on R (Dolan) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care [2020] EWHC 3857 (Admin), a judicial review challenging the lawfulness of the ‘lockdown’ regulations imposed in England as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Anna regularly acts for and advises local authorities regarding their duties under the Children Act 1989, challenges to care packages and adult social care charging policies, amongst others. Anna was recently instructed as junior counsel on a judicial review concerning the interaction between provisions of the Children Act 1989, ss. 111 and 222, Local Government Act 1972, s.1, Localism Act 2011 and the Fraud Act 2006.

Anna is a Public Law Tutor at Queen Mary University of London School of Law for the academic year 2021 – 2022.

Court of Protection: Anna has a busy Court of Protection practice. She regularly acts in s.21A MCA challenges and in health and welfare, at both interim and final hearings. She has experience of cases concerning deprivation of liberty, residence, social and health care, and appointing deputies, amongst others.

Human rights & pro bono: Anna regularly advises on human rights issues. Before coming to the bar, Anna was a founding volunteer and Co-Editor-in-Chief of human rights information website RightsInfo (now EachOther), created by barrister Adam Wagner. Anna has written extensively on human rights issues (read a sample article) and continues to do so for various publications. In 2019, Anna worked with free speech NGO Index on Censorship to update their guides on free speech and the law.

Anna takes on pro bono work, and is particularly keen to do so in her areas of interest. She is a member of Advocate (the bar’s pro bono charity).

Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

Education

  • Bar Transfer Test (BPP) (2019)
  • LL.M. (Columbia Law School) (2018)
  • Legal Practice Course (University of Law) (2014)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (City University) (2013)
  • BA Modern and Medieval Languages, French & Spanish (University of Cambridge) (2012) (Double First) (converted to MA in 2017)

Awards

  • Postgraduate Public Interest Fellowship, Columbia Law School (2018)
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia Law School (2018)
  • Debbie Phillips Award, Insolvency Law Association (2017)
  • Entrance Scholarship, Columbia Law School (2017)
  • Stan Marsh Scholarship, Association of Law Teachers (2016)
  • First Prize, Junior Lawyers Division Essay Competition, Law Society of England and Wales (2015)
  • Second Prize, Graham Turnbull Human Rights Essay Competition, Law Society of England and Wales (2015)
  • First Prize, European Human Rights Moot Court Competition, European Law Students Association (2014)
  • Lord Haldane Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2012)
  • College Prize for First-Class examination results, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge (2012)
  • Hunter Senior Scholarship for First Class examination results, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge (2010)

Memberships and associations

  • Employment Lawyers’ Association – Legislative & Policy Committee Member
  • Court of Protection Bar Association
  • Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Discrimination Law Association
  • Human Rights Law Association

 

Appointments

Anna was appointed to the Employment Lawyers Association’s Legislative & Policy Committee in 2020. As part of this role, she chairs numerous responses to Government consultations.

Anna is a UK rapporteur for the Journal Mass Claims.

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