Ann joined QualitySolicitors Dunn & Baker in 2014 having relocated to Devon from Sussex. Ann’s early career was varied involving retail, estate agency and accountancy but she has worked in the area of law since 1996. Although Ann has experience of working within civil litigation her legal career has mainly been within family law.
Ann completed her Legal Executive qualification in 2001. She is a family law specialist and she has gained extensive experience including divorce and financial remedy cases but has mostly specialised in private and public law children cases along with matters involving domestic abuse.
Ann prides herself on being accessible to clients and fully understanding the need to be supportive and assertive to advance the views of her clients. She is used to attending Public Law Outline meetings and will regularly assist clients with all issues concerning Children and Young People’s Services. She is accustomed to attending court, assisting barristers and carrying out advocacy whenever required. Ann will help parents and grandparents involved in any Local Authority proceedings including care, supervision, placement, emergency protection and special guardianship orders. In addition, she regularly advises and assists clients in scenarios where the arrangements for children need to be resolved including those of an urgent nature such as with whom the children should live and spend time with.
Ann is passionate regarding the protection of victims of domestic abuse and works closely with the various specialist agencies who offer support to victims and their families. She regularly applies for on notice and without notice non-molestation and occupation orders to preserve the safety of her clients and children. She has extensive experience of the legal aid system and whether this can be accessed for those clients eligible for and in need of the same.