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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.

Education and 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

I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for outstanding legal representation

Lady, you are a legend in your own lifetime

My experience with Bindmans was exceptional who were extremely professional throughout.

I could not have asked for a nicer solicitor, she’s been so kind and has guided me through every step of the way

The advice which the solicitor gave me was explained clearly and simply in a very understandable way

I am so happy it’s been a successful outcome for your team and us

If I had to use a law team again Bindmans would definitely be the one I would choose

The team at Bindmans LLP was of the highest standard that anyone could wish for

I am so happy it’s been a successful outcome for your team and us.

Client 2023

I could not have asked for a nicer solicitor, she’s been so kind and has guided me through every step of the way.

Client 2023
Chambers and Partners UK 2024
  • Anna is ranked Band 1 in Inquests.
  • Commentaries say, ‘she is an excellent solicitor and is well thought of in the field of inquests.’
  • Anna is also ranked Band 2 in Police Law: Mainly Claimant.
  • Clients say, ‘she is very focused and efficient in putting forward the best case for families.’
  • ‘She is incredibly calm, strategic and thorough. She is an all-round amazing lawyer.’
  • Anna is also ranked Band 2 in Civil Liberties & Human Rights.
  • Feedback says, ‘Anna is absolutely brilliant. She is exceptional with clients and has a real deep understanding of their needs.’
Legal 500 2024
  • Anna is ranked as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ in Civil Liberties & Human Rights.
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.
  • ‘Anna is an incredibly creative and innovative solicitor who really cares about the cause and her clients’ needs.’
  • Anna is recognised 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