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Anest Mathias

Position: Associate Solicitor
Email: anest.mathias@osborneslaw.com

Anest is an Associate in the Family Department, she qualified as a solicitor in October 2005 after completing her training at Osbornes.

Anest represents clients in a broad range of family cases.

Anest is a member of the Law Society Children Panel Accreditation Scheme. This means that she has demonstrated to the Law Society that she has and will maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in the area of children law.

Anest represents children, parents, guardian and other family members in disputes concerning children in both private law proceeding and public law proceedings. Anest regularly undertakes the advocacy in these proceedings. Keeping the interests of the children at the forefront of her mind, Anest prefers to adopt a conciliatory approach where possible but she is able to recognise when she must adopt a firmer stance.

Anest has a wide range of experience in public law proceedings which include cases where:  there is an international element such as whether the proceedings should be heard in England and Wales or abroad; it is proposed that the child is placed abroad; there are concurrent criminal proceedings; there are allegations that  a parent has caused the death of or injured a child, sexual abuse or child trafficking; an intermediary is required; and mental health issues. Anest has represented parents in the Family Drug and Alcohol Court.

Anest’s private law experience includes those with issues concerning domestic violence, abduction, threatened abduction, where one parent is seeking to relocate internally or abroad and High Court proceedings concerning wardship and jurisdiction.

Anest has represented parties in two leading cases concerning the parenthood provisions of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.

Anest represented one of the Applicants in the case of A & Ors (Human Fertilisation And Embryology Act 2008) [2015] EWHC 2602 (Fam) where the President of the Family Division granted declarations of parentage to couples who had received fertility treatment at clinics licensed by the HFEA but there were anomalies in the records in relation to the parentage. As a result of this case the HFEA indicated that they “will review the action we have already taken, alongside the Judge’s recommendations, to minimise the risk of this happening again.”  

Anest represented Mr H in the leading case of Re M [2013] EWHC 1910 (Fam) in which Mr Justice Jackson in the High Court held that a donor who provided sperm through natural insemination was the father of a child. Mr Justice Jackson considered section 35 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.

Anest represents clients in divorce and financial proceedings. She has experience in cases where one party is also subject to confiscation proceedings following a criminal conviction. Anest has acted for both the party who is subject to a confiscation order and the party not subject to the confiscation order.

What clients say about Anest

“I’d like to thank you for all your advice, support and work on my and [my son’s] behalf. I found the process difficult and would not have sought to make these arrangements without your encouragement. What has been put in place is very much for the best and a great improvement on what has been. This really is the start of something new….. You had a clear sense of purpose and of what was and was not significant.”

“You should take great pride from the fact that you did not retaliate to the scornful emails you received and provided the client with prudent and effective guidance.”

“May I take this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work and the impressive way you ‘got up to speed’ with this case and managed a number of very difficult issues – very impressive!”

Outside of work Anest is a keen swimmer and cyclist. Her favourite achievements for 2015 being swimming the length of Lake Bohinj in Slovenia and cycling up Mont Ventoux in France.

 

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