Ann May

  • Year of Call 2014


Ann is an experienced advocate, appearing in all levels of court and in complex care, placement and adoption proceedings, representing local authorities, parents and children. 

Before becoming a barrister, Ann was a practising solicitor, qualifying in 1995 and gaining higher rights of audience in 2009. She developed expertise as a family lawyer, representing parents, extended family members and children in care, and advising on private law and adoption proceedings. 

Ann represented Islington’s legal department on the steering group responsible for setting up the Family Drug and Alcohol Court. She also served as one or two members of the advocates’ team for the London Borough of Islington


Higher Rights of Audience (Civil) 2009

BSc (Hons) Leeds 1984

Common Professional Examination 1992

Law Society Finals 1993



Basic French and Spanish


Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children

Direct Access

Ann is accredited to accept work under Direct access, also known as Public access, in suitable cases. In order to instruct Ann on a Direct access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at