Anna Dannreuther

Call: 2019

Anna practises in public, employment and commercial law. As well as practising as a barrister in England and Wales, Anna is admitted as an attorney in New York State and a solicitor in England and Wales. She speaks Spanish and French, and is therefore well-placed to assist in cases involving Spanish or French-language elements and / or New York State or US constitutional law.

Before coming to the Bar, Anna worked in the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She also trained as a solicitor at an international law firm in London.

Anna accepts instructions through  the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Scheme. For the academic year 2021 – 2022 she is a Public Law Tutor at Queen Mary University of London Law School. Please see further details of her work below.

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 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.21 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. Anna is adept at advising on the human rights issues at stake, having gained a broad experience of these issues from her work in international courts.


Anna represents claimants and respondents at all stages in proceedings including preliminary hearings, judicial mediations, final hearings, and appeals.

Recent instructions include:

  • Junior counsel in group litigation representing several 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.
  • Instructed in automatically unfair dismissal claim in the Covid-19 context.

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 been at the forefront of cases arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and has advised and acted in cases involving furlough fraud, health and safety dismissals, and dismissals relating to the inability to secure childcare during lockdown.


Anna is acting as junior counsel in a number of large-scale group litigation claims. She is well placed to accept instructions in commercial 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.


Human rights & pro bono

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 on doing so in her areas of interest. She is a member of Advocate (the Bar’s pro bono charity).


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)


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

Discrimination Law Association

Human Rights Law Association


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