Anita Garrod founded Garrods Law Ltd in Chelmsford some twenty-two years ago. She has a wealth of experience in all family law matters and specialises in matters relating to children. Anita is a long standing member of the Law Society Children Panel Accreditation Scheme, a Solicitor Advocate with the right to appear in all civil courts, including the appeal courts.
She leads the Garrods Law team in the areas of Family, Children, Wills and Probate.
Anita appears in courts in London, Essex, Suffolk, and Hertfordshire and represents children, parents, grandparents, other family members, other carers, and prospective adopters. Her forensic, sympathetic, yet determined approach have brought respect and has set the ethos of the firm to provide the best possible representation for clients.
Anita deals with many lengthy final hearings, covering complex and critical issues for families and all kinds of allegations, including all forms of alleged abuse, parental alienation and cultural issues.
Anita also oversees the private client department, ensuring that clients' wishes are followed in all matters.
Outside work, Anita enjoys the theatre, all kinds of music, traveling, food and good wine, reading, bird-watching and spending time in the country and by the sea with family.
Emma Reid is a Senior Chartered Legal Executive and has gained a wealth of experience in her specialist field of family law, which provides her with the skills to supervise others. She practises the entire remit of private family law matters and works with clients from initial instruction to representation at court hearings. Emma offers efficient, pragmatic and practical advice, whilst giving the support and reassurance required at what is often a very stressful and emotional time for clients.
With over 17 years' experience, Emma has risen to the challenges and enjoyed the rewards that this specialist area of law brings, ranging from straightforward divorces to those involving high net worth individuals with various assets and businesses, children disputes (including those involving an international element), co-habitation disputes and advising those entering into marriage and civil partnerships on how best to organise and protect their assets and obtaining injuctive orders to protect individuals who have been subject to domestic abuse or to protect assets from being dissipated or transferred to prevent them being taken into account when a relationship breaks down.
Emma particularly enjoys dealing with complex financial matters, both at the end of a relationship and administering an estate following a death.
Outside work, Emma is the secretary of two registered Charities, one supporting the disadvantaged in the local community and the other operating a Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) policy for stray cats. Emma enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, the theatre and the occasional shopping trip with Champagne!
Hannah Sutton is a Solicitor Advocate with the right to appear in the higher courts. She has dealt with a variety of matters in various courts and tribunals, up to and including the Court of Appeal. Hannah conducts fact-finding and final hearings. She also has experience of making and opposing applications, as well as acting for parents and other family members in complex hearings.
Hannah previously worked as a criminal defence advocate and has a wealth of experience of conducting trial advocacy, including many cases with a sexual or “domestic violence” element. Her criminal cases involved her representing and cross-examining youths and offenders with mental health issues. Her experience allows her to be instructed in particularly complex cases, where the participants are from challenging backgrounds, highly vulnerable, and/or suffer with mental health difficulties.
Due to her experience, she was involved in making representations and submissions to the Home Office regarding Youth Justice in the United Kingdom.
Hannah ran the London Marathon to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Society, a charity that fights against child poverty and neglect.
Currently, Hannah is working towards membership of the Law Society Children Law Accreditation Scheme, so that she can also represent children in both care proceedings and private children law proceedings.
Laura is a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate and is Children Law accredited which means she is able to represent both adults and children within care and private law proceedings. Laura has a degree in Law and Early Years studies which places her at a unique advantage when representing children as she has a comprehensive understanding of the emotional, psychological and physical development of children. Laura has been recognised as an “outstanding professional” in the Legal 500 (2018) and an “Exceptional advocate” in the Legal 500 (2019).
Laura specialises in acting for children, parents, grandparents and other family members within care proceedings and has a particular interest in acting for carers with learning difficulties. She has an in-depth knowledge of all family law matters including all aspects of public and private law proceedings. She has extensive advocacy experience, including conducting hearings of a complex nature such as issues of forced medical treatment and where there are allegations of non-accidental injuries and has been accredited as a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate. This means she is able to represent her clients at all stages of Court proceedings.
Eleanor Hinton completed her training and gained considerable experience as a member of a local authority legal team, before joining Garrods Law Ltd. She particularly likes the satisfaction of representing clients in court and enjoys advocacy. Her experience of dealing with care proceedings, as well as acting for the Police in domestic violence matters, gives her a hands-on specialist knowledge. Eleanor has also gained Higher Rights of Audience (Civil), so is also a Solicitor Advocate with the right to appear in all higher courts, including the appeal courts.
Before training as a Solicitor, Eleanor completed a Masters in Human Rights and was awarded a Distinction. Eleanor previously worked at a charity providing legal advice to whistle blowers and lobbying parliament for changes to the law.
Eleanor is passionate about social justice and civil rights and has spent time volunteering at various charities including the Samaritans, Campaign Against Arms Trade and Amicus-ALJ, a charity supporting US Lawyers representing prisoners on death row in America.
Eleanor is a good listener and communicates well with clients from all backgrounds, and her previous experience covers a wealth of cases involving different cultural backgrounds.
Eleanor balances her busy work schedule by enjoying gardening, horse riding and socialising with friends.
Amanda Bowen has over twelve years' exprience in the legal sector and has been with Garrods Law Ltd, assisting the lawyers, for five years'. Her interests include various crafts and art work, both creating and teaching.
Donna Harrison has over twenty five years’ of service in the legal field, with particular experience in family law, especially children matters and domestic abuse. Donna previously managed an office for a sole practitioner and is an extremely capable legal assistant in all matters. Donna has been with Garrods Law Ltd for over eight years. Her interests outside the office are her family, reading and horses.
Julia Hornsby, has worked with Garrods Law Ltd for over twelve of the twenty five years' she has been working in the legal field, which included time in a busy London practice. Julia has considerable experience as a legal assistant to Anita Garrod and also assists with the smooth running of the practice. Outside the office she enjoys outdoor persuits with her family and children.