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"Well-regarded family practice assisting clients with substantial matrimonial disputes and sensitive children proceedings."

Chambers UK 2019

Anest Mathias

Anest handles a broad range of family cases including divorce and financial proceedings upon divorce, cases involving children, surrogacy and parenthood after assisted reproduction.

Anest represents children, parents, guardian and other family members in disputes concerning children in both private law proceeding and public law proceedings.

She regularly undertakes the advocacy in proceedings always keeping the interests of the children to the fore. Anest adopts a conciliatory approach, wherever possible, but she is able to recognise when she must adopt a firmer stance.

Anest’s private law practice includes

  • Issues concerning domestic violence;
  • Threatened abduction;
  • A parent seeking to relocate locally or internationally;
  • High Court proceedings concerning ward-ship and jurisdiction

Anest is an experienced lawyer in fertility law, surrogacy and parenthood following assisted reproduction. Anest provides:

  • Advice to intended birth parents, co-parents or donors on how the law applies and on what legal rights they will acquire on the birth of a baby or by subsequent agreement or court application.
  • Advice about parental responsibility.
  • Advice and representation of any patient, their partner or their former partner who has received notification from a clinic advising that there are anomalies in the records regarding parentage.
  • Representation of any party involved in a dispute over a child’s parentage.
  • Advice about surrogacy pre-conception and representation in an application for a parental order post birth in surrogacy arrangements.

Reported cases

A & Ors (Human Fertilisation And Embryology Act 2008) [2015] EWHC 2602

Anest represented one of the Applicants in this leading case. 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. On being contacted by parents who had been notified by clinics that the only solution to rectify the situation was through an adoption order, Anest was adamant that this was not a satisfactory course of action. Anest was the first solicitor to issue an application for a declaration of parentage, having the confidence to recognise that other legal professionals were mistaken in law.   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.”  

Case O (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008) [2016] EWHC 2273 (Fam). The parents had followed the advice of the clinic and their solicitor and obtained an adoption order.  Anest represented the parents in a successful application to revoke the order. The President of the Family Division said:

“The present case is unprecedented, indeed far removed on its facts from any of the previously reported cases.

Re M [2013] EWHC 1910 (Fam) 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.

Professional Memberships and Qualifications

Anest is a member of the Law Society Children Panel Accreditation Scheme, a member of Resolution, the Association of Lawyers for Children. Anest is also listed on the Donor Conception Network Lawyers Listings.

What others 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!”

Personal Interests

Anest is a keen swimmer and cyclist. Her favourite achievements being swimming the length of Lake Bohinj in Slovenia, cycling the Gran Fondo di Roma and cycling up Mont Ventoux in France.


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