Anna Worwood is no stranger to the limelight, with her cases often in the headlines. A leading authority on relocation (she has edited a book on the subject, with another on the way), Worwood has worked on a slew of reported cases. In one, she represented the father in the significant internal relocation of Re C. This case was significant as the Court of Appeal defined the law in internal relocation disputes and clarified that there should be no difference between the court’s approach in these disputes and international relocation cases.
As a consequence of her reputation in this field, Worwood is often instructed in the most challenging relocation cases, sometimes involving destination countries with complex legal systems. More recently, she acted on behalf of a mother in successfully appealing against a decision to refuse her permission to relocate to Iran.
Worwood also advises HNWs on complex financial structures: ‘an unusual combination,’ she says. ‘My HNW clients are City lawyers and other City professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs. When my phone rings on a Monday morning, it’ll be someone calling, perhaps in a state of panic or distress, to discuss a matter concerning their finances or children which has arisen or blown up over the weekend.’
For the past 10 years, Worwood has been acting on behalf of a wife (now in her mid 70s) in a case involving a marriage of some 50 years, during which the couple amassed global assets of hundreds of millions of pounds while living in Africa. At the end of 2018, she successfully represented the wife in defending the husband’s application to strike out her financial claims on divorce (the couple having reached a financial settlement on judicial separation some years ago).
After starting her career as an associate solicitor in Chelmsford, Worwood first realised she had become a trusted advisor when she won a so-called ‘beauty parade’ against a number of highly regarded family lawyers. ‘I was personally selected by an intermediary to act on behalf of an international UNHW client to deal with his international children matters as well as his divorce and financial issues,’ she says, noting that it was a huge privilege to feel personally chosen.
She may have been surprised, but peers were not. ‘She’s a superstar,’ says one. ‘She is always such a pleasure to work with – she has great judgment, an agile legal mind, and a wonderful way with clients. She is a real pro at dealing with complicated children cases, often with an international element, and is a master at staying calm even under intense pressure. A client always has a first class service with Anna.’