Anna joined chambers in September 2018 after the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Julien Foster, Duncan Watson and Rachel Gillman.
Prior to joining chambers, Anna worked as a paralegal at Creighton and Partners and gained experience in complex private and public law children matters.
Anna is building a broad practice which reflects the range of chambers’ expertise. She welcomes instructions across the full spectrum of family law. Anna has also been instructed as junior counsel in legally and factually complex public law cases in the High Court and also in the Court of Protection.
Anna accepts public access instructions.
Children (Private Law)
Anna regularly represents clients who are involved in private children proceedings.
Anna has particular experience of representing parties in cases involving parental alienation and intractable contact disputes. This has included cases where the court has considered transferring residence.
She has a particular interest in applications for permission to relocate with children and has represented parents in applications for relocation both internally and internationally, including to non-Hague Convention countries.
Children (Public Law)
Anna has experience of care and other public children proceedings. She has represented the local authority, parents and children including where allegations of neglect, abuse, non-accidental injury, mental health issues and drug/alcohol abuse have been made.
Anna also has experience in applications for secure accommodation and deprivation of liberty orders representing the child, parents and the local authority.
Family Finance & Property
Anna has broad experience in the family finance field and she regularly represents parties at FDAs, FDRs, Preliminary and Final Hearings. She also welcomes instructions for advisory work and drafting.
She has experience of cases involving add-back, non-disclosure, non-matrimonial property, foreign assets and company assets
Domestic Violence & Injunctions
Anna regularly represents clients who are involved in Family Law Act 1996 proceedings, including proceedings involving allegations of serious domestic abuse and where those applications are linked to Children Act 1989 proceedings. She has extensive experience of applications for non-molestation orders and occupation orders and of the different types of hearing, including without notice hearings, return dates, directions hearings and final hearings.
Court of Protection
Anna is developing her practice in the Court of Protection. Anna has particular experience in cases involving capacity to consent to sexual relations and marriage.
- Notable Cases
What the directories say
"Anna is an excellent advocate and presented the client’s case well, even in difficulties. She adapted well to the opponent’s strange position and is able to think on her feet and take cues from the judge. She remained client focused throughout and well prepared." Tier 1 - Legal 500, 2023
28 September 2022
The Legal 500 2023 – Leading Set in Children Public and Private Law
We are pleased to share that we are ranked as a Top Tier set in Children Public and Private Law in the 2023 edition of the Legal 500 guide.
12 May 2020
Susan Pyle, Keeley Lengthorn (MW Solicitors), Luke Eaton and Anna Lavelle - Contact in the time of quarantine
Tuesday 12 May - 4.30pm
A short webinar looking at some legal and practical issues arising since the Covid-19 pandemic in both private and public law contexts.
Tier 1, 2023