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Ane Vernon

'Ane Vernon is driven, tenacious and has a keen eye for detail; she is excellent in a crisis situation.  Clients are reassured by her empathetic and reasoned approach to problems.'

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Ane is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department who is ranked as both a 'Rising Star' and ‘Recommended Lawyer’ by The Legal 500 UK 2020 law directory. 

Ane advises on a wide range of matters in the areas of education law, trusts and probate, commercial and contract as well as public law.  She has particular expertise in disputes arising in the education and regulatory sector and has longstanding relationships with her clients, whom she advises on regulatory/compliance issues, often with a view to averting potential claims or defending existing claims.  Ane advises schools and institutional clients in relation to their byelaws and regulations, admissions arrangements and in connection with membership examinations and appeals.  Ane also represents individual students or their parents and is experienced in dealing with the sensitive issues that arise out of exclusions or suspensions.  The Legal 500 UK 2020 commends her as “a ‘standout player in this field’ who is noted for her litigation experience”.

Ane is experienced in representing both Claimants and Defendants in Judicial Review applications. She successfully represented the Governors of The London Oratory School in their Judicial Review claim against the Schools Adjudicator concerning the school's admission arrangements. The case attracted national media coverage and widespread public debate concerning faith schools in the UK.

As part of Ane’s contentious trusts and probate practice for which she is ranked as a 'Rising Star' in The Legal 500 UK 2020, she regularly advises disaffected beneficiaries in relation to questions concerning the validity of wills, as well as executors, trustees and independent administrators.  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 and, more recently, acting for Swiss trustees in a substantial breach of trust claim involving complex cross-border and conflict of law issues.

Ane also advises on commercial and contractual disputes as well as on shareholder issues and directors' duties.

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, supporting her clients in dealing with difficult and sensitive issues that can arise during disputes. 

Ane is fluent in German and Danish. 

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


“tenacious in pursuing the best possible outcome for her clients and has an excellent manner, always going the extra mile to put them at ease”

"a very capable lawyer who builds up an excellent rapport with her clients who trust her implicitly"

"a meticulous lawyer who will really fight her client’s corner"

"the most impressive solicitor who ever instructed me in an education/schools case" 

"she combines tenacious loyalty with real judgment; and supportive sensitivity with professional objectivity"

"works with outstanding diligence"

"always meets our expectations to the highest standards"

“standout player in this field”

“incredibly capable”


Joined Payne Hicks Beach 2001.  Qualified 2003.  Promoted to Senior Associate 2009 and Partner 2019.

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