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Anna Laney

Call 1998

"Her advocacy is first rate and her paperwork excellent. She manages complicated, intense disputes very easily and highly commendably."
(Chambers & Partners, 2020)

Anna Laney’s practice centres on construction related matters, whether they be traditional contractors / employers claims, professional negligence disputes or insurance issues. She is also regularly instructed in relation to commercial contractual and tortious matters.

She is an experienced advocate appearing regularly in the High Court and in domestic and international arbitrations as well as within the alternative dispute resolution forums of mediation and adjudication.

Anna has particular expertise in dealing with claims that are highly technical in nature, and enjoys the challenge of grappling with a new discipline of expert evidence – the more obscure the better! She has extensive experience of dealing with delay related claims; and whilst many may consider programming a “dark art”, Anna considers it an opportunity to get to grips with the factual matrix of the case in order to unravel cause and effect, which of itself often provides an important insight into the often hidden issues that are driving the litigation.

Anna understands and appreciates the commercial and practical difficulties that litigation presents, which are all the more acute in the current economic conditions. She takes a pro-active role in the management of cases and is happy to attend client meetings and site views both within the UK and abroad in order to assist her lay and professional clients.

Anna accepts instructions from public access clients.

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“Extremely thorough and knowledgeable, wholly committed to the case at hand. Very impressive delivery in court and personable when dealing with instructing solicitors and clients”

Legal 500, 2021

“Anna is an exceptional construction barrister. She is highly responsive, pragmatic and commercial.”; “She is extremely knowledgeable regarding construction and insurance issues, and also great to deal with.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Anna always gives clear and authoritative advice on case strategy. She has a calm and friendly demeanour.”

Legal 500, 2021

“She is incredibly knowledgeable in construction disputes. I have been very impressed with both Anna’s technical knowledge and legal advice.”; “She is outstanding with clients and really puts them at their ease, giving a firm impression that she is on their side.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“A highly regarded junior.”

Legal 500, 2020

“In court she was superb: in control and very attentive to the judge’s requirements.”

Chambers & Partners, 2019

“Enthusiastic, hard-working and a tremendous team player. She rolls up her sleeves and gets involved. She’s a very effective advocate…Proactive, commercial, clever and resourceful.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

“A fabulous lawyer, who is great with clients and very responsive…Great at cutting out the waffle and putting matters in the right order to achieve results in hopeless cases.”

Legal 500, 2017

“She’s quick to identify the commercial issues”; “as well as being a robust advocate she often finds the small point of detail which turns the case.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“Her swift focus is unsettling for opponents and commands confidence in her submissions”; “she tailors her approach to the specific case with a view to achieve the best outcome for the client.”

Legal 500, 2016

“She is a team player who is robust and decisive and who provides very clear in advice.”

Chambers & Partners, 2015

“Expert across a range of fields, from ground works to engineering”; “a very good communicator who gives clear and straightforward legal advice.”

Legal 500, 2015

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