Ane Vernon

Telephone: 020 7465 4300

Fax: 020 7465 4333

Address: 10 New Square Lincoln's Inn London WC2A 3QG

Described in the Legal 500 as "bright and tenacious", Ane is an experienced litigator who advises on a range of contentious matters.

Ane has particular expertise in disputes arising in the area of education law and has longstanding relationships with her clients in both the professional and education sectors, whom she advises on a range of regulatory/compliance issues with a view to averting potential claims or defending existing claims. Ane advises schools and institutional clients in relation to their byelaws & regulations, admissions arrangements as well as professional or membership examinations and examination appeals. In addition to her institutional clients Ane also represents individual students or their parents and is experienced in dealing with the sensitive issues that arise out of exclusions or suspensions.

In Spring 2015, Ane successfully represented the Governors of The London Oratory School in the widely publicised Judicial Review claim against the Schools Adjudicator. The Adjudicator's decision resulted from an objection lodged by the British Humanist Association concerning the school's admission arrangements. The High Court found in favour of the School and the case attracted national media coverage and widespread public debate concerning faith schools in the UK.

As part of her contentious trusts and probate practice, Ane regularly advises disaffected beneficiaries in relation to questions concerning the validity of wills, as well as executors, trustees and independent administrators. In addition to handling her own files, she works closely with the firm's Private Client department on substantive probate and trust disputes, which included a case involving rarely encountered issues of Settled Land.

Ane is experienced in taking litigation to trial as well as obtaining favourable commercial solutions through alternative forms of dispute resolution such as mediation. A skilled and efficient case manager, she provides legal advice that is sound but practical, whilst supporting her clients in dealing with difficult and sensitive issues that can arise during disputes.

Ane also advises on commercial and contractual disputes and provides advice in relation to various regulatory and compliance issues.

Ane is fluent in German and Danish and speaks conversational French.

Ane has been shortlisted for the Finance Monthly Global Award 2016 in the category Education Law.

She is a member of the International Young Lawyers Association AIJA and the London Solicitors Litigation Association.

Joined Payne Hicks Beach 2001, qualified 2003, promoted to Associate 2009.

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