Anne Kay

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The best of her generation

Legal 500

Superb in every respect

Chambers

Over more than 20 years working in London’s leading law firms, Anne has gained a wealth of experience across all areas of family law. She has been ranked as a Leading Individual in the Chambers & Partners Guide since 2009. 

She is extremely experienced in hard-fought financial disputes and in difficult and complex children cases. She also has extensive experience in the drafting of pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Anne is a confident and talented negotiator, responding sensitively and intuitively to the wide-ranging demands of her cases and clients. She has a reputation for integrity, determination and for consistently striving to achieve the best outcomes for clients, whether through settlement negotiations, collaborative methods or litigation. Anne is a member of Resolution and a trained mediator.

Before co-founding the firm with Joe Vaitilingam, she was at Mishcon de Reya. She qualified as a solicitor at Manches in 2000, before moving to Hughes Fowler Carruthers. She studied Law and French at the University of Liverpool and the Sorbonne.

Highlights

  • Anne represented a wife in high-profile and complex financial proceedings in which the husband attempted to fraudulently conceal his legal interest in the family-home in a sham-trust arrangement with his father, that involved forged documents. The forgeries were exposed by Anne’s team with the assistance of forensic expert evidence.
  • Anne successfully appealed a decision in relocation proceedings (“leave to remove”) thereby enabling her client and her three children to move overseas.
  • Anne successfully represented a father in court proceedings where a mother sought to move their three children to another part of the UK, a move which the father felt would impact upon their schooling and jeopardise his relationship with them.
  • Anne represented the mother of a child with profound autism in proceedings against her former husband in relation to the child’s medical treatment and her proposed home-schooling programme

Professional Testimonials

Every year Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners compile independent recommendations based on client and peer reviews for all practising lawyers. Since 2009, Anne has been ranked as a Leading Individual by Chambers & Partners. These are some of her reviews:

  • Outstanding. She is incredibly empathetic to clients and she is very pragmatic and very strategic. Chambers 2021
  • Clients go to her for her expert judgement and ability to discern what really matters from all the noise, as well as her ability to articulate tactical advice in clear, down-to-earth, practical terms.Legal 500 2021
  • The work she does is big complicated stuff and she knows what she is talking about… when to do a deal and when to fight.Chambers HNW 2021
  • “Brilliant” and “deals with some very difficult cases and issues.”Legal 500 2020
  • Superb in every respect: smart, thoughtful, prompt, compassionate, sensitive and highly communicative. Chambers 2017
  • Outstanding…. highly responsive, clearly knowledgeable and emotionally supportive. Chambers 2016

Client Testimonials

Testimonials

  • She wildly exceeded any expectations I might have had of a good family solicitor, and her sound judgment coupled with a profound understanding of her client’s wishes brought matters to a very satisfactory conclusion.
  • She was exceptional at boiling down the legal process to something that I understood, and I always felt that she was on my side. She was excellent throughout and never promised me things she couldn't deliver.
  • Anne is smart, sensitive, and strategic. In work that is often highly emotional, Anne brings a steadying, rational hand to the table.  She and her team are also highly efficient, thereby keeping costs in check and bringing matters to a conclusion without delay.