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Anna Laney

Call 1998

"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)

Anna Laney’s practice focusses on construction related matters, whether they be traditional employers’/contractors’ contractual claims, professional negligence disputes or insurance issues.

She is an experienced advocate appearing regularly in the High Court, International, and Domestic Arbitrations as well as within the alternative dispute resolution forums of mediation and adjudication. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Anna has conducted a number of trials, hearings, and mediations remotely using a variety of platforms and document management systems.

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 as well as deepening her knowledge of the more commonplace fields. She enjoys exploring technical issues with clients and experts to understand events as they would have evolved in both the design and planning stages, as well as on site.  In this regard, Anna has extensive experience of dealing with delay related claims; and 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 issues that are driving the litigation – which can in turn expose opportunities for early settlement.

Anna understands and appreciates the commercial and practical difficulties that litigation presents, which are even more acute in the current conditions.  Her experience is that the best results are achieved by working as a team.  To that end she takes a pro-active role in the management of cases; her approach is to work closely with her clients, instructing solicitors, and retained experts, to identify the realistic outcomes available, and to identify the routes to achieving her client’s objectives.

She is happy to attend client meetings and site views both within the UK and abroad where Covid-19 restrictions permit, or to attend such meetings remotely.

Given her extensive experience of dealing with arbitrations, and considerable familiarity with the ICC, LCIA, CiARB, DIAC,QICCA and IBA Rules together with her longstanding appointment as a Recorder, Anna is happy to accept appointments to sit as an arbitrator.

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“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. QC 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

“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

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