Anne McMurdie

Anne specialises in Public Law, Human Rights, Community Care and Housing Law

Anne joined PLS in 2005 since when she has built up expertise in community care and public law. In addition, her expertise in housing has allowed PLS to obtain a contract with the Legal Services Commission to carry out housing work and provided a more comprehensive service to clients. Anne worked previously at Anthony Gold Solicitors where she qualified as a solicitor in 2001. Anne had previously worked in the voluntary sector for many years, notably for Women’s Aid, SHAC and the Terrence Higgins Trust, where she specialised in housing law. She has developed particular expertise in the housing and support rights of people subject to immigration control including asylum seekers, and has trained regularly on this area of law for Shelter and Legal Action Group.

Anne’s recent work has included acting for a number of clients subject to asset freezing under anti-terrorist measures to give effect to United Nations Security Council resolutions. This included acting for Q in the Court of Appeal case of A,K,M,Q and G-v- HM Treasury [2008] EWCA Civ 1187 – the lead case on challenges to these asset freezing regimes.  Other recent cases have included a challenge to the decision to close a day care centre for profoundly disabled adults in Worcestershire, a challenge to the refusal to pay a Residence Order Allowance under the Children Act and acting for a number of incapacitated tenants on instruction from the Official Solicitor in possession proceedings.

Anne also regularly delivers training on community care law as part of the PLS training programme.