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Anna Laney KC

Call 1998 • KC 2024

"Excellent and very much my go-to for complex claims: incredibly detail orientated and gets to the nub of the issue quickly and effortlessly. Her cross-examination skills are quite formidable and her overall delivery impressive."
(Legal 500, 2022)

Energy & Natural Resources

Anna has a specialist practice concerning energy production, including power and water plants, wind farms, solar farms and biomass plants. She enjoys the technical challenges that arises, in particular the range of expert evidence that it is necessary to master to understand the minutiae of the plants and their operation.

Examples of recent work include:

  • Acting for generator in respect of a project for the construction of a Power and Water Plant in Bahrain where allegations of defective/non-compliant plant which gave rise to claims by the off taker for remedial works and/o tariff reductions. Counterclaims centred on the off takers failure to act with good faith. She is also instructed in the claim by the Generator against the contractor (see Arbitration).
  • Acting for sub-contractor in relation to pipework installation at a twin-fuel biomass plant.
  • Acting for contractor in relation to claim against sub-contractor for defective ‘string’ work at a solar farm.
  • Acting for sub-contractor in relation to allegations of defective work in relation to off-shore turbine works at a wind farm.

Selected Cases

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“Anna Laney is the real deal: her ability to grasp the nuances of a technical issue and then to deliver in cross-examination is second to none. She is also a pleasure to work with.”… “She’s wonderful – very strong on her feet, tough to beat, she really gets into the cases, and clients and lawyers love working with her.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

“Anna is extremely talented. She is the most inclusive and team-focused barrister: her manner with everyone ranging from the client to the most junior member of the team, is excellent, and a skill that is vastly overlooked. To boot, her legal ability really is second to none: her advocacy, both complex in its approach, but succinct and to the point, really is her strength.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Highly experienced and knowledgeable. A formidable advocate and negotiator. Excellent at explaining to instructing solicitors and clients in a clear, accessible way.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Anna is an exceptional construction barrister. She is highly responsive, pragmatic and commercial.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Highly competent, capable, dependable and fantastic to work with. KC quality work and knowledge. Tougher than the rest.”

Legal 500, 2022

“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

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