Experience

Year of Call: 2002

Education

Bristol University – Postgraduate Certificate in Pensions Law
Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law
University of West England in Bristol – Law LLB (Hons)

Appointments

Deputy District Judge (Civil) South Eastern Circuit

Appointed to the National Committee for Pensions, Tax and Financial Remedy

Profile

Since being called to the Bar in 2002, Anita has developed an established practice in financial remedy and private law Children Act 1989 cases. Anita is ranked as a leading barrister by the legal directories.

Anita’s focus is on complex financial remedy applications. Anita has particular experience in cases involving companies, farms, international elements and pensions.

Anita has a special interest in applications pursuant to Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. Such cases are often combined with cases involving property disputes between cohabitants, pursuant to TOLATA 1996.

Before specialising, Anita built a strong reputation in both private and public law children cases. Anita is regularly instructed in private law children cases and has a particular interest in cases that involve an international element, parental hostility/ alienation, or where the complexity of allegations, or the nature of dispute necessitates a Fact Finding hearing.

Anita regularly gives lectures and writes updates on developments in the law. Recent topics have included – Pensions in Financial Remedy applications, Spousal Maintenance, Parental Alienation, and How to Approach TOLATA and Schedule 1 applications.

Anita is a Resolution trained mediator, and mediates in disputes involving finances (both following the breakdown of a marriage or cohabitees) and children.


Publications

‘Schedule 1 to The Children Act 1989: Not Just for Wags’
https://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed143067

International Relocation: less ‘Payne’ – more pain?
https://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed147463

Professional Memberships

Member of Resolution
Member of the Family Law Bar Association
Member and Reviewer for the Pro Bono Unit
Member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Anita is a reviewer for the Bar Pro Bono Unit

Directories

Robust and always realistic in her approach.”  “She is solution-focused. Judges like her and clients listen to her”
Chambers & Partners 2019

“She remains punchy and determined in her advocacy.  Clients feel listened to and supported by her.  They know she has heard them and represented their interests”
Chambers & Partners 2018

“An indomitable advocate”
Legal 500 2018

“She’s a very energetic, resourceful and enthusiastic advocate in financial provision.”
“She has a good eye for detail and takes a very pragmatic approach, which clients appreciate.”
Chambers and Partners, 2017

‘She provides excellent advocacy skills and rapport with clients’.
Legal 500, 2016

“She picks up the vibes and adjusts her attitude correctly; she can be reassuring or tough-talking. Clients have been always impressed.”
“She has a very good manner with clients and is particularly effective at FDR hearings, settlement meetings and other negotiations.”
Chambers and Partners, 2016

‘Approaches matters with intelligence and imagination.’
Legal 500, 2015

Recognised for her work on both the children and financial aspects of family law. “She’s extremely enthusiastic and works well with clients and solicitors. She’s gutsy and will stand up for herself if necessary.” “Anita is an incredibly strong and tenacious advocate.”
Chambers and Partners 2015

‘She has a sharp mind and a good manner.’
Legal 500, 2014

Highly regarded for her practice in family law, and in particular for her dedication and client care. “Anita is a good negotiator and advocate.  She deals with children cases in a sensible way, never losing sight of the best interests of the child.” “She is a more junior member of chambers but is tenacious and dedicated.”
Chambers and Partners 2014

Anita Mehta ‘gets to grips with issues with unparalleled speed’
Legal 500, 2013