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Ane Vernon

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Payne Hicks Beach

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Dispute Resolution


Ane is an experienced litigator who advises on a wide range of matters in the areas of education law, trusts and probate, commercial and contract as well as public law.


Ane 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. 


Ane is experienced in representing claimants and Defendants in Judicial Review applications and 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 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, supporting her clients in dealing with difficult and sensitive issues that can arise during disputes. 


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



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


Ane is fluent in German and Danish. 


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

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Payne Hicks Beach's 'team is responsive, knowledgeable and really gets into the detail of a case, considering all angles from which it can be approached'. The disputes practice covers finance, professional negligence, commercial litigation in the motor industry, breach of warranty claims, marine law, property-related commercial matters, reputation management and judicial review. Dominic Crossley became head of the dispute resolution department in 2018, replacing Stephen King, who is now consultant. Richard Manyon is also highly rated, commercial litigation partner Lucas Moore was hired from Jones Day, and Ane Vernon was made partner.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Rising stars

Ane Vernon - Payne Hicks Beach

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Payne Hicks Beach advises some of the UK’s oldest and largest estates and also has a particular focus on advising wealthy clients from Russia, Africa and the Middle East. The team’s reputation is growing in the international sphere and it has recently acted in substantial trust disputes in places as diverse as Jersey, the Bahamas, BVI, Liechtenstein and Gibraltar. Richard Manyon heads the team that is also skilled at representing wealthy beneficiaries in major litigation such as challenging the validity of wills and mental capacity issues. The 'incredibly capable' Ane Vernon is also recommended.

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London: Public sector

Education: individuals

Within: Education: individuals

Payne Hicks Beach handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious education matters, led by newly promoted partner and 'standout player in this field' Ane Vernon, who is noted for her litigation experience. Vernon and Dominic Crossley are skilled in handling time-critical and sensitive matters such as admissions and exclusions for a range of private individual clients.

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