FAMILY & CHILDREN
FAMILY & CHILDREN
FAMILY & CHILDREN
FAMILY & CHILDREN
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 particular strength is in factually or legally complex cases. Anita prefers to be involved in her cases from an early stage to advise as to evidence, approach, and settlement.
Anita regularly gives lectures and writes updates on developments in the law. Recent topics have included – Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, how to treat pensions and agreements in financial remedy proceedings, Schedule 1 proceedings and costs in private law proceedings.
Anita is a Resolution trained mediator, and mediates in disputes involving finances (both following the breakdown of a marriage or cohabitees) and children.
She is a pupil supervisor and provides the family advocacy training for Chambers’ pupils.
Financial: Anita’s focus is on complex financial remedy applications. Anita has particular experience in cases involving companies, farms, international elements and high value 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.
Family (private law children): Before focusing on private law, Anita built a strong reputation in both private and public law children cases. Anita has a particular interest in cases that involve an international element, parental hostility, or where the complexity of allegations, or the nature of dispute necessitates a Fact Finding hearing.
Anita is frequently instructed in parallel financial and private law children matters.
“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 and Partners, 2018)
“Her practice focuses on complex financial remedy matters.” (Legal 500, 2017)
“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)
“she is tremendous and a force to be reckoned with. I will only ever use her moving forward, should I ever need to venture back to Family Court and will always recommend her should friends or family find themselves in such an unfortunate position” (January 2017)
“I instructed Anita Mehta to represent me at my family proceedings final hearing after a difficult and extended litigation process. Anita was able to quickly grasp the key issues and direct me concisely and constructively. I found Anita to be open, honest and to the point at all times. Anita was able to keep me focused and calm during a very stressful situation, and was unfazed by leading counsel and the complicated issues of my case. Anita was extremely confident and poised when delivering in court, ultimately leading to an extremely successful outcome which has positively affected the rest of my family’s lives. I am forever grateful to her and her team for the effort, support and guidance given from initial enquiry to finalizing the court order. I would highly recommend Anita Mehta.” (July 2015)
“Having acted as a litigant in person for nine months in my family court proceedings, I felt that I needed some professional assistance in my four day fact finding hearing. I was referred to Barrister For Me and Anita Mehta. From the first, ”thank you” doesn’t really seem enough.
Through their support I am now able to put the last difficult year behind me and focus on my future. A feeling that I have been hoping for, for a long while. Anita was acting on a public access basis and her patience and support in explaining the court process and what was required of me was precisely what I needed. Anita not only worked tirelessly on my case but also gave me consultation.
I was struck by Anita’s professionalism, her swift grasp on the key elements of my rather complicated case and clear direction, so I could provide as much detail and evidence as possible. She responded quickly to emails and answered any questions that I had in a clear and understandable way. If she was not available Stuart Taylor was often able to give me the information I required, and acted swiftly and with a friendly yet professional approach that made me feel valued as a client. Anita’s calm and personable approach instilled me with confidence throughout what proved to be a very stressful experience.
I feel that Anita went above and beyond what was expected of her, and the dedication she showed highlights the care and diligence she puts into her work. Irrespective of the court outcome I would have recommended Anita and her skills, both in the court and in her preparation, to anyone that asked. The fact that I received the best possible outcome is simply a bonus, and one that I know would not have been achieved without Anita Mehta and the team at Barrister For Me. I cannot recommend them highly enough.” (November 2014)
“I first met Ms. Mehta when my solicitor recommended she represent me in Court for the Financial Dispute Resolution hearings. I was impressed by her and especially by her performance in Court – it was very clear I had the better lawyer.
When I needed a barrister again for a different matter, I knew I wanted to be represented by Ms. Mehta. This time I was able to get representation though the Direct Access scheme. Again, I was very pleased with the result as we managed to get everything settled really quickly and the process itself was also smooth. Ms. Mehta is a fair person and a very good negotiator and will definitely consider all aspects and advise accordingly. More importantly, when she is proposing something different to what you might have originally wanted, she explains the rationale clearly so that your ultimate decision is an informed one and she does this without making you feel as though she is unsympathetic to your wishes (which I have actually come across from one solicitor). In the end, we came up with something in between what I wanted and what my ex wanted, but which is the best solution for the children.
I would recommend Ms. Mehta anytime and would use her services again myself in the future, should it ever be necessary.” (October 2014)