Annie Sayers

Call: 2009

"Annie is exceptional. She is very well liked by clients and instructing solicitors alike, and she explains the law and difficult points to clients in terms which they will understand."
Chambers UK Bar 2024

Annie specialises exclusively in family children matters and is regularly instructed in both private law and public law proceedings.

Annie takes a pragmatic and realistic approach to her cases but is a firm negotiator and a robust advocate in court when necessary. She establishes strong working relationships with clients, giving clear advice, and taking account of what is most important to each individual. Annie recognises that an amicable resolution is usually the best outcome and is able to formulate creative solutions tailored to each case.

To instruct Annie or for more information…

Call: 020 7353 6961

Practice Areas

Annie undertakes the full range of private children work including international and domestic applications to relocate, fact-finding hearings and all other section 8 applications. Annie is regularly instructed to represent children through their rule 16.4 Guardians.

Annie is regularly instructed in Family Law Act applications, often starting on a without notice basis. She has invaluable experience of the approach required when handling matters involving self-representing parties from her time as a McKenzie Friend prior to joining Chambers.

Annie undertakes a wide range of cases involving physical, emotional and sexual abuse, non-accidental injuries, domestic violence and neglect as a result of drug and/or alcohol abuse, learning and mental health difficulties. She acts for parents, children, extended family members and numerous Local Authorities in care proceedings. Annie works with some of the most vulnerable clients and is highly attuned to their emotional needs. Annie will give robust advice about the merits of a case where necessary but does not shy away from a contest.

Notable Public Law Children cases

Re Y (A Minor) (No 2) (Brussels II Revised: Jurisdiction after Article 15 Transfer: Welfare) [2022] EWFC 69

Annie successfully represented the child in circumstances where the Guardian recommended continued placement with the child’s foster carers under a Special Guardianship Order against an application for placement with a family member in Hungary; and a Specific Issue Order to change the child’s surname.

The Child & Family Agency (Ireland) v M & Ors [2018] EWHC 1581 (Fam)

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


What the directories say

"Annie is very approachable and also thoughtful and thorough in her approach." "Very client-focused, she shows empathy and understanding in order to make vulnerable clients feel confident. She tackles matters head-on and fights for the client."
Chambers UK Bar 2024

'Annie is an excellent communicator and particularly good with vulnerable clients. Her approach is gentle and empathetic, ensuring that the client has given realistic advice. She is very approachable and is very knowledgeable.'
The Legal 500 UK Bar 2024

‘Annie has an excellent manner and is very well liked amongst clients. She is kind and emphatic with clients, and her advocacy is always calm and measured without ever being aggressive.’
The Legal 500 UK Bar 2024

‘Annie has excellent communication skills and can tailor her approach to client needs and is extremely articulate and robust when addressing the court. She is pragmatic in advice and not afraid to have difficult conversations with the client but leaves them in no doubt that she will fight their corner.’
Legal 500 UK Bar 2023

"She is excellent on children matters. She is user-friendly, very good with clients."

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