Anna is Director of Knowledge, Learning and Development at Farrer & Co. She is responsible for the knowledge, learning and development strategy which underpins the success of the firm, enabling everyone within it to achieve their full potential.
Anna is responsible for the firm's knowledge management systems and processes, and for fostering a culture of continuous learning, promoted through a coherent programme of the highest quality training. She also manages the firm’s graduate recruitment programme. She brings to her role 18 years’ fee earning expertise, and a commitment to making sure that all who work at the firm are equipped to provide clients with the best possible service.
A qualified lawyer who trained at Farrer & Co and was made a partner in 2005, Anna specialised in employment law and was practice area manager for seven years. Her current role enables Anna to pursue her love of practice management at a firm-wide level.
As a practicing lawyer Anna specialised in acting for clients in the education and professional practices sectors, with key clients including a leading business school, high profile independent schools and major law firms. She is an experienced trainer, having delivered regular client-facing seminars and training programmes to a range of audiences at every level.
Much of Anna’s current focus is on delivering knowledge, learning and development support designed to ensure Farrer & Co lawyers are not only legal experts, but also have an in-depth understanding of the broader context within which their clients operate.
Anna has written for several publications, including the Law Society's law management magazine, Solicitors Journal and Managing Partner. She is extensively quoted in the Professional Services Leadership Handbook .
As a practicing lawyer Anna was consistently featured in Chambers and Legal 500, described as "highly competent and totally professional"; "feisty and direct: a good lawyer to have on your side in a difficult situation"; "decisive, eloquent and great with clients"; and "a tough negotiator with a sensible and practical outlook".
The KL&D team at Farrers are regular award winners, recent successes including no fewer than five All About Law 2017 awards (showcasing the best UK law firms for vacation schemes and training contracts), an LETG "Breaking the mould" silver award for innovative L&D, and silver in the 2017 Powerwomen Awards for "Best employer mentoring and sponsorship programme".
Anna is a member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners and the London Education and Training Group.