Anna Yarde

Call: 2012

'I wanted to express and draw your attention to Anna’s excellent work in my matter of Re S. It has been a painfully long and protracted case with many complexities. Happily I can report that we have concluded this matter. Anna has covered many hearings for me, including the 10 day final hearing. I can wholeheartedly share that both her preparation and performance were exemplary. Anna has worked tirelessly, way beyond what could reasonably be considered the call of duty, and is a true credit to Harcourt. She went above and beyond and I am extremely grateful. Anna is always a pleasure to work with and the client group have all expressed to me privately how Anna has made them feel comfortable and listened to. I have learnt a lot from Anna personally and I am very grateful to her for this. I look forward to the opportunity to work with her again.'
Solicitor

Anna specialises in the law relating to children. She balances compassion for her clients with straightforward advice, skilled negotiation and fearless advocacy.

In addition to public and private children law work, Anna’s practice includes Deprivation of Liberty and Forced Marriage applications. As an experienced advocate, Anna is well-equipped to identify the serious risks facing vulnerable parties in these cases and prioritises client care and communication. Anna recognises the importance of ensuring that her client’s views are accurately and sensitively portrayed in the courtroom.

Anna rigorously analyses her cases to achieve the best possible outcomes for her clients. The quality of her impressive written work was praised by McFarlane LJ in Re S (Children) 2016 EWCA Civ 1090 [paragraph 16].

Anna has written for Family Law and The Transparency Project.

To instruct Anna or for more information…

Call: 020 7353 6961
Email: clerks@harcourtchambers.co.uk

Practice Areas

Anna has extensive experience representing Local Authorities, parents, family members and children in public law proceedings. She is skilled in acting for vulnerable adults and taking instructions directly from children.

Anna’s practice includes cases involving domestic violence, substance misuse, neglect, sexual abuse (including rape and incest), physical abuse, factitious or induced illness and non-accidental injury.

Anna is sensitive to the significance and complexities of these cases, as well as the needs of her clients. She understands the importance of effective communication and ensuring that her clients have a clear understanding of the proceedings and their decisions.

Notable Public Law Children cases


Oxfordshire County Council v M & Ors [2023] EWFC 135

Anna represented the successful Applicant, Oxfordshire County Council in this final hearing of application for care and placement orders in relation to a 10 month-old child.


Re S (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 1090

Anna is regularly instructed in private law children cases. These cases usually involve disputes about with whom a child will live, contact, other specific issues (such as education, surnames and religion) or preventing a parent from taking certain steps involving the care of a child.

Anna has experience of complex (and sometimes subtle) cases involving allegations of parental alienation, the instruction of expert witnesses and fact-finding hearings.

She is often instructed in cases involving Litigants in Person and is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public in appropriate circumstances.

Anna is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public under the Direct Access Scheme in appropriate circumstances.

Related News

Anna Yarde represented the Local Authority and Elisabeth Wickham represented the Children’s Guardian in Oxfordshire County Council v M & Ors [2023] EWFC 135

Anna Yarde represented the Local Authority and Elisabeth Wickham represented the Children’s Guardian in Oxfordshire County Council v M & Ors [2023] EWFC 135. This was a Final Hearing in Care and…

Frances Judd QC led Anna Yarde and John Vater QC led Alison Williams in the Court of Appeal

Frances Judd QC led Anna Yarde and John Vater QC led Alison Williams in the Court of Appeal in the case of Re S (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 1090.

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