Barrister

Anna McKenna QC

Year of call 1994

Family

Anna is a QC specialising in private and public law children cases. Anna deals with domestic and international relocation and contact issues and adoption, disputes as to living arrangements and all aspects of parenting including disputes relating to medical, religious, education, and name or identity issues. In her public law work Anna is renowned for successfully managing complex cases involving child deaths, NAI, FII, Child Trafficking and sexual abuse and is highly experienced acting for parents, children and local authorities.

Anna has a wide experience acting for high profile private individuals, public bodies, victims and perpetrators of sexual and physical abuse and CAFCASS.

Specialises in:

  • Public Law Children
  • Private Law Children 
  • Child Abduction 

Public Law Children

In her public law work Anna is renowned for successfully managing complex cases involving child deaths, NAI, FII, Child Trafficking and sexual abuse and is highly experienced acting for parents, children and local authorities. Anna has a wide experience acting for public bodies, victims and perpetrators of sexual and physical abuse and CAFCASS.

The areas of work includes;

  • alleged child sexual abuse, recent and historic and ‘paedophile rings’; 
  • cases concerning severe physical injury or death, 
  • cases with highly complex medical evidence, FII, fractures, bone and/or genetic complications; 
  • alleged domestic abuse, forced marriage; 
  • child trafficking; allegations of witchcraft/ritual abuse 
  • neglect and alleged alcohol or illegal substance misuse

Private Law Children

Anna is highly experienced in all aspects of private law children work including:

  • domestic and international relocation 
  • contact 
  • intractable and alienation contact issues 
  • adoption, domestic and international 
  • surrogacy 
  • disputes as to living & care arrangements 
  • disputes relating to medical intervention, 
  • disputes relating to religious upbringing, (including so-called extreme religions or cults)
  • disputes relating to education, and
  • name or identity issues.

Child Abduction

Anna’s children work includes cases with international disputes including child abduction, applications under the Hague Convention, applications for permission to relocate and decisions about a child’s habitual residence.