Anna Leathem

Year of Call: 2019

Anna is a barrister practising in all areas of criminal law. She also accepts instructions in extradition and family law.

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Anna practises in criminal, extradition, and family law. She regularly appears in the magistrates’ and youth courts and is developing a Crown Court practice. Anna also has experience of professional discipline and regulatory cases.

Instructing solicitors have said:

Anna is not only very personable with clients but is also very on top of the law, changes in statute and recent case authorities which gives her an edge over many new barristers.

Anna is passionate and will always go that extra mile in securing the best possible outcome for her client. 

Additional information

Prior to commencing pupillage, Anna worked as a paralegal at a criminal defence firm and assisted the head of litigation in a variety of matters including murder, serious violence, drugs conspiracies, sexual offences and proceeds of crime. She prepared cases for trial in both the Crown Court and the Magistrates’ Court and gained particular experience in tackling vast amounts of evidence in multi-handed organised crime cases.

Anna has also provided invaluable research assistance for the University of Southampton and University of Oxford produced report into the pains of indeterminate imprisonment for families of IPP prisoners.

Education and Awards

  • University of Law: BPTC (Very Competent).
  • University of Southampton: LLB in Law and International Legal Studies (First Class Honours).
  • University of Ottawa, Canada.
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn.
  • Lord Justice Fulford Scholarship, University of Southampton.

Criminal Defence

Anna has a busy defence practice and is regularly instructed in the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Courts dealing with a wide range of offences including drugs, fraud, robbery, domestic violence and sexual crimes.

She has experience in dealing with young and vulnerable defendants in the youth courts and has completed specialist training with the Youth Justice Legal Centre. 

Criminal Prosecutions - Private & Public

Anna accepts instructions to prosecute on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service and Probation Service. She continues to build upon her experience prosecuting in the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Courts.

Anna has also been instructed in private prosecutions. 

Extradition & International

Anna has been instructed to act on behalf of clients facing extradition to a number of different countries. She is keen to develop her extradition practice and accepts instructions in this area. 

Family, Children & International Family

Anna has represented both applicants and respondents in private family law proceedings including non-molestation orders, child arrangement orders and appeals. She accepts instructions in public law care proceedings. 

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

Anna has a keen interest in professional discipline and regulatory having been instructed to act on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) at interim order and substantive order review hearings. Anna accepts instructions in this area. 

Inquests & Inquiries & Immigration

Anna accepts instructions in relation to public inquiries, inquests, and immigration matters. 

Professional Memberships

  • Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum (DELF).
  • Women in Criminal Law (WICL).
  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.