Anna is an incisive, compassionate and humane lawyer. She matches high intellectual ability with strength of conviction, and real understanding of a client's trauma.
Anna Morris KC specialises in inquests and inquiries, civil liberties and human rights and private and public law claims involving public authorities. Anna is recognised as a New Silk by Chambers and Partners, and as a Tier 1 New Silk by The Legal 500,in all of her core practice areas. Anna acts for bereaved families and claimants in private and public law proceedings. Anna has a particular expertise in the law relating to policing protests, public order and deaths in custody and is often instructed in large scale, complex multi-agency cases.
Anna is frequently instructed in high profile and complex public inquiries and inquests and is currently instructed as leading counsel in the Covid 19 Public Inquiry by a large number of individuals impacted by the C19 vaccine.
Anna is frequently instructed in high profile and complex public inquiries and inquests. Anna is currently instructed as leading counsel in the Covid 19 Public Inquiry by a large number of individuals impacted by the C19 vaccine. She also represented a number of families in the Manchester Arena Inquiry. As junior counsel, Anna represented 14 families who lost loved ones at the historic Inquests into the Hillsborough Stadium disaster.
Anna’s inquest practice specialises in complex inquests that engage Article 2 ECHR. A natural jury advocate with extensive experience developed within the criminal and civil courts, Anna frequently represents families in prison and police related deaths and deaths involving restraint. She has particular expertise in inquests that involve those suffering complex mental health issues, both in state detention, detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 and in the community. Anna has a particular interest in post-homicide Article 2 inquests involving femicide and those involving the deaths of women and where the deceased was vulnerable or had complex needs.
Anna also provides specialist advice to families before and after the inquest process in respect of civil claims in damages. She is also experienced in Judicial Review proceedings arising from the inquest process. Anna is ranked in the Legal 500 as a Leading Junior in Public and Administrative Law.
Anna, alongside Pete Weatherby KC gave evidence to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights about Hillsborough Law, the Duty of Candour and legal aid funding (equality of arms) for all families in inquests where the state is involved.
In response to a question from Joanna Cherry MP, Anna explains the importance of legal representation for bereaved families at inquests in relation to the prevention of future deaths and the identification of systemic failings within public bodies.
Anna and Pete explain how a Duty of Candour could reduce length and cost of major public inquiries, increase public safety and prevent future deaths.
Responding to an important question from Joanna Cherry, Pete Weatherby KC explains to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights how the “backstop” of a criminal offence attached to serious non-disclosure would help enforce a Duty of Candour.
Anna specialises in advising and representing Claimants in both civil claims for damages and public law remedies. Anna is recognised as a Leading Junior by The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners (Band 1) in Civil Liberties and Human Rights.
Anna has a particular interest in claims against public authorities on behalf of children and vulnerable adults, including those with mental health issues. Anna works with a number of groups who are survivors of child sexual exploitation and is developing expertise in litigation in this area.
Anna advises in claims under the Human Rights Act against police forces for their failure to investigate allegations of serious offences or handle sensitive data appropriately in breach of Article 2, 3 and 8 ECHR.
Anna also specialises in claims against the police and public authorities arising from political demonstrations and incursions on the right to freedom of assembly and freedom of speech, violations of Articles 8, 10 and 11 ECHR.
Anna began her career at the bar as a criminal defence practitioner and is an experienced Crown Court and Court of Appeal advocate who has represented defendants accused of terrorism, serious drugs importation, multi-million-pound fraud and other serious offences. Anna brings her breadth of knowledge across the civil and public law fields to legal arguments around disclosure, abuse of process and admissibility of evidence.
Anna has a strong reputation for successfully defending protesters accused of committing offences during demonstrations. With her expertise in protest law across the criminal and civil fields, Anna has been involved in a number of significant areas of litigation around political protest and is the co- author of “The Protest Handbook” (2nd Edition 2020) (Bloomsbury Professional).
Anna holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law and Human Rights from the University of Nottingham. Anna has advised and delivered training on behalf of a number of international organisations including the OSCE and Amnesty International.
Anna holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law and Human Rights from the University of Nottingham. In 2012/2013 Anna was an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London and convened the Criminal Justice Process module on the BSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Anna was research assistant to Sir Keir Starmer QC when he was in practice at Doughty Street Chambers.
Anna is the Human Rights Editor of Stones’ Justices’ Manual (Lexis Nexis) and the Author of “The Protest Handbook” (2nd Ed 2020) (Bloomsbury Professional). Anna has written for Westlaw, Lexis Nexis Updates and Inquest Lawyers Magazine, and The Guardian.
Anna regularly provides training to solicitors and other barristers on Coronial law and litigation under the Human Rights Act. In 2022, Anna was invited to present a paper on HRA Damages at the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) annual Abuse Conference.
Anna and other members of the Inquest and Inquiries Team have provided webinars on a breadth of topics with DG Legal including Inquests following deaths in the community.
Anna has advised and delivered training on behalf of a number of International organisations including the UN, OSCE, Reprieve and Amnesty International.
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