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Anna Thwaites

Partner

Actions against Police and State

Anna is a partner in our Actions against Police and State team. She is highly regarded for her work representing bereaved families in contentious inquests following the death of their loved ones in state custody (police, prison or in a psychiatric setting) or following recent state contact.

Anna also has expertise in judicial review challenges and compensation claims under the statutory miscarriage of justice scheme.

Career
  • Anna qualified in 2006 at a London law firm, where she was made an Associate in 2011, and a Partner in 2012.
  • She joined Bindmans LLP in September 2015.
Recognition

What clients say

I can honestly say I would not have got through any of this without Anna. She kept me well informed, always made me comfortable and safe, and was always at the end of the phone – she was totally amazing!

Thank you so much for your kindness, dedication, tenacity and perserverance with our case.

Thank you one last time for your uncontestable work.

Couldn’t have gone through any of it without your help and support, thank you SO much.

Lady, you are a legend in your own lifetime.

Legal Directories

Chambers and Partners 2023
  • Anna is ranked Band 3 in Civil Liberties and Human Right. Feedback states that she “repeatedly provides excellent results for her clients”.
  • “Anna-Louise Thwaites is a well-regarded practitioner focusing her practice on actions against the state. She frequently represents bereaved families in high-profile and contentious inquests, including for those who have died after contact with the police or psychiatric institutions.”
  • Anna is also ranked Band 2 in Police Law: Mainly Claimant.
  • “Anna-Louise Thwaites handles a full range of actions against the police, including those relating to deaths in custody, assault and false imprisonment. She also has expertise when advising on protest-related group actions.”
  • “Anna is incredibly calm and thoughtful; she thinks ahead about litigation and inquiries.”
  • “When it comes to her commitment, Anna goes beyond the extra mile.”
  • Anna is recognised in the ‘Spotlight Table’ for Inquests.
Legal 500 2023
  • Anna is recognised as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ in Civil Liberties and Human Rights.
Chambers and Partners 2022
  • Anna is ranked as Band 3 in Civil Liberties and Human Rights. 
  • Feedback says “her detail awareness is impeccable, as are her client skills. She is able to deal with people as an equal and makes them feel heard.” 
  • “Anna Thwaites is very calm under pressure and she has the interests of her clients at the heart of everything she does.”
  • “She is incredibly passionate, thorough and committed.”
  • Anna is also ranked Band 3 in Police Law: Mainly Claimant. Feedback describes her as “incredibly thorough and dedicated.”
  • “Anna is very strategic and very on top of the details.”
  • “Clients love her and she is very empathetic to their needs.”
Legal 500 2022
  • Anna is recognised as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ in Civil Liberties and Human Rights. 
Chambers and Partners 2021
  • Anna Thwaites is a recommended ‘up-and-coming lawyer’ in Civil Liberties and Human Rights. Anna is noted for her representation of bereaved families following deaths in police custody or under psychiatric care. Commentators say she is “a great inquest solicitor who is understated in her approach and brilliant with clients.”
  • Anna is also ranked as an ‘up-and-coming lawyer’ in Police Law: Mainly claimant (UK-Wide). She is described as being “incredibly knowledgeable about inquest law and really talented at dealing with vulnerable clients.”
Legal 500 2021
  • Anna Thwaites is ranked as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ in Civil Liberties and Human Rights. 
Chambers and Partners 2020
  • Anna Thwaites is a recommended ‘up-and-coming lawyer’ in Civil Liberties and Human Rights. Anna is noted for her representation of bereaved families following deaths in police custody or under psychiatric care. Commentators say she is “a great inquest solicitor who is understated in her approach and brilliant with clients.”
  • Anna is also ranked as an ‘up-and-coming lawyer’ in Police Law: Mainly claimant (UK-Wide). She is described as being “incredibly knowledgeable about inquest law and really talented at dealing with vulnerable clients.”
Legal 500 2019 & 2020
  • Anna Thwaites is ranked as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ in Civil Liberties and Human Rights.

Awards

  • Anna was a finalist at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2014 under the category of ‘Inquests and Actions against the State’.
Professional memberships and positions
  • Law Society
  • INQUEST Lawyers Steering Group (ILGSG)
  • INQUEST Lawyers Group (ILG)
  • Police Action Lawyers Group (PALG)
  • Anna was a trustee of Rights Watch UK (formerly British Irish Rights Watch) from 2013-2018
Publications
  • Anna has written articles for the Times and INQUEST Law. Her cases are reported in the national and local media.