Anne Francis

Anne Francis

Annie started her career as a paralegal in Brighton before obtaining a Training Contract and qualifying as a Solicitor in 2009. Before joining NLS, she practiced Family law but developed a niche in Children Law and carved out her speciality in this field. Whilst she enjoyed all aspects of Children work, Annie has a particular passion for Care and looks forward to developing her career further in the City.

At the National Legal Service, Annie represents parents and children either directly or through their court appointed Guardian when faced by litigation from Local Authorities concerning allegations relating to child protection and safeguarding. The main aim is to find outcomes where families can stay together, wherever possible.  Annie conducts the majority of her own Advocacy which provides consistency for her clients. Some of her cases have international elements to them, e.g. cross-jurisdictional applications and abduction. Annie is also experienced with cases concerning adoption, allegations of emotional and physical harm, non-accidental injury, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.

Annie used to run events across various locations in the City of London for Charities such as The Salvation Army, Anti-Human Trafficking Wing, Motor Neurones Disease, Many Hopes, Hope HIV and Medair for disaster relief following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.

Prior to entering the legal profession, she did her Grade 8 in Singing with the Royal Academy of Music before heading to Lancaster University to read Music. After graduating she came to London to read Law and hasn’t looked back since! Outside of work, Annie is keen on health and fitness and loves to travel.

Annie has a real passion for training and teaching the next generation of Care lawyers which is important to her. Anne loves to share her experience both personally and professionally for how to carve out a successful and rewarding  career in this field so others can make a difference to people’s lives. Annie hopes to continue to develop her practice here in London and to train new lawyers to be confident in conducting their own advocacy.

Other Achievements:

  • Accredited to the Law Society’s Children Panel in 2015
  • Became a Solicitor-Advocate after obtaining Higher Rights of Audience ( Civil) in 2019
  • Became a Member of the Bar and the Honourable Society of Inner Temple in 2020
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