Partner – Family & Divorce
Anna has a wealth of experience in all areas of private family law, with a particular focus on complex private law children matters that involve allegations of domestic abuse, substance abuse, implacable hostility, parental alienation and permanent removal from the jurisdiction. Her cases often have complicated factual backgrounds and she is regularly instructed in cases that require a forensic approach to contested medical evidence, police disclosure and challenges to hair strand testing results for substance abuse.
Across her career, Anna has gained extensive experience dealing with Schedule 1 and TOLATA matters, as well as financial remedy disputes involving company accounts, international elements, and significant matrimonial and non-matrimonial assets.
As a member of Resolution, Anna endeavours to use a conciliatory approach where possible to resolve issues regarding family breakdown in a non-aggressive manner. However, where this is not possible, she takes a practical approach to deal with matters efficiently and effectively to achieve the best possible result in each case.
Anna specialises in all areas of private family law, including
• Divorce & financial remedies
• Private children matters (complex)
• Leave to remove children permanently from the jurisdiction
• Schedule 1 – Financial provision for children
• Trusts of Land disputes between unmarried couples
• Protective injunctions & Occupation orders
Anna studied linguistic science at York University before completing the law conversion at The College of Law. She undertook her training contract at Hanne & Co, qualifying as a family law solicitor before going on to work in a specialist family law firm. In 2007, Anna returned to Hanne & Co where she has continued to work exclusively in Family Law.
Recent / Notable experience
Bristol CIty Council v A and A and others  EWHC 2548 (FAM)
Representing Trimega Laboratories in a public law children matter. This case came before The President of the Family Division and his public judgment is still pending. It is anticipated that this judgment will change the way that Toxicology laboratories are used in future in Children Act cases.
Anna Gowen is well versed in representing wealthy and exacting clients, often with a public profile, in their private law disputes. I have never seen anyone get anything past her.
I have had a long, complicated family case through which I have been supported every step of the way by Anna Gowen. She has been amazing from day 1. Always extremely professional and knowledgeable, goes above and beyond to help and is always really understanding and patient which is so important when you are in a really stressful situation. I would recommend her and her company (loudly) to the people I care about the most every time.
Anna Gowen fights hard for her clients, is a driven lawyer who can turn her hand to all aspects of family law.