Ann Thompson has been a qualified solicitor since 1992, appointed as a tribunal Judge for SSCS since 2009, a District Deputy Judge in 2018 and has tickets in financial remedies, private and public law children also sitting in civil cases as well. Having originally trained and worked as a barrister, Ann joined Goodman Ray in 2009, previously being head of the Ancillary Relief department at Hopkin Murray Beskine. She has extensive experience in all areas of family law. She has a varied caseload including international abduction work and complex financial disputes. She is a qualified collaborative lawyer, an accredited Resolution specialist and a member of the Law Society Children Panel.
Ann is a senior Family lawyer with wide range of experience in all aspects of Family law which she brings to all her cases together with enthusiasm, attention to detail and ability to plan strategically to get the best possible result for her clients. Ann has particular expertise in complex public children matters and abduction and forced marriage cases.
As well as acting for parents and children in care proceedings, often in cases where the mothers are young and vulnerable, she has a particular interest in acting for teenage children and often acts for children in complex disputes between family members, receiving the instructions directly from the young person.
Ann is an accredited international child abduction specialist and is a Central Authority panel member. She is also an accredited Resolution specialist in the field of forced marriage and on the Law Society Children Panel.
Ann is ranked in Band 1 in the Legal 500 as a Leading Individual in Family Law. In addition, she is described as:
Ann Thompson is ‘vastly experienced in international children law – a steely fighter and a master strategist’. Legal 500, 2018
“has ‘the ability to work tirelessly and thoroughly 24/7, while caring for her clients’ needs” (2015)
“passionate and eloquent” (2014)
“…excellent, and go[es] the extra mile” (2013)