Anne-Marie Harris undertakes Pro Bono cases for qualified clients, both in the United Kingdom and Abroad. She is particularly passionate about Human Rights and those whom are less fortunate and simply do not have the means to access the assistance that they require.
All clients are treated with respect, and in the same way as paying clients. Anne-Marie is determined to help those who need it and will always strive to ensure a favourable outcome. She is fascinated by people from all backgrounds and all walks of life.
Every day there are people that are struggling to get the help they need because they simply cannot afford it. All cases are considered fairly and objectively
Initially named as the Lord Chancellor’s department, I assisted with Competitions, primarily for the Appointment of Recorder, however I also assisted with Circuit Judge and District Judge Competitions.
The Lord Chancellor’s Department was later renamed as the Department of Constitutional Affairs, where I continued to assist in running Competitions, before the introduction of the independent Judicial Appointments Commission. I assisted with this transition prior to returning to the Ministry of Justice in 2008.
My career in the Civil Service spanned 15 years, from which I gained a plethora of experience – from data analysis, to complex Risk Management and Mitigation, Research & Investigation and leading and managing teams of up to five people.
Main Responsibilities for the (former) Lord Chancellor’s Department 2001 – 2005 (Executive Officer)
- Assisting with Competitions for the Appointment of Recorders, Circuit Judges and District judges.
- Advising Lawyers, Barristers and Judges, wishing to serve as Recorders with guidance on the application process and minimum requirements.
- Preparing applications for Recorder Competitions, liaising with the Judiciary and HMCS Court Service and organising time-tables.
- Liaising with applicant’s queries and assisting them with the suitability of potential references and judicial referees, and other queries.
- Reading and recording written comments from consultation papers with High Court, Circuit Judges, District Judges, QC’s and lawyers and clarifying correct interpretation.
- Preparing applications for the sifting process,checking information on applications for inconsistencies.
- Analysing references / consultation forms.
- preparing and assisting with the panel for sifting applications,
- collating information prepared by the panel for the interview process,
- contacting and arranging appointments, assisting with collating interview panels
- liaising with Scotland Yard for criminal convictions of applicants.
- Preparing Recorder warrants for successful applicants,
- assisting with informing applicants of results and
- preparing requested feedback for unsuccessful applicants with the panel.
- Adding sensitive information to the formerly used JAGUARS system
- writing and assisting with submissions to the Lord Chancellor
- preparing and organising timetables for future Competitions.
2005-2008 (Department for Constitutional Affairs, Judicial Appointment Commission)
During this period, I helped with the transition of Judicial Appointments, from the Department of Constitutional Affairs, to the Judicial Appointment Competition, which was created to drive transparency, independence and fairness.
Managing a team of five, I was responsible for running the Competition of Recorder for the Wales & Chester Circuit, the North and North Eastern Circuit, and the South Eastern Circuit.
- Staff Management
- Annual Staff Reviews & Reports
- Health & Safety
- Preparing Competitions
- Sifting Preparations
- Assisting with the Interview Panels
- Analysing Referees
- Assisting Referees and Applicants
- Analysing the Panels Comments
- Liaising with HMCTS
- Criminal Record Checks
- Managing Stakeholders
- Risk Assessment and Mitigation for Competitions for all Circuits
- Data Analysis
- Assisting with Audit Preparation
- Diversity and Awareness
- Leading Focus Groups
- Drafting Submissions
- Managing internal and external stakeholders
2008-2016 – Ministry of Justice
I decided that I wanted a change and was offered a post with Sustainability at the Ministry of Justice. During this period, sustainability was high on the Government’s agenda. We became responsible for Sustainability Reporting across the entire Ministry of Justice estate, including the Home Office and Prison estates. As this was a new area, which involved interpreting complex data, risk mitigation and analysis, I felt I could transfer my skills from my previous role.
- Developing and Implementation of Sustainability across the Ministry of Justice Estate
- Working with other Civil Service Departments to implement sustainability action plans
- Working with suppliers to help reduce emissions
- Collating emissions, waste and recycling data for the Annual FReM report for Parliament, including data analysis and interpretation
- Writing Submissions for Ministers
- Creating an entire Risk Register, with a thorough risk analysis, including risk mitigation across the entire Ministry of Justice Estate
- Working with external Stakeholders on the development and implementation of energy saving techniques
- Providing advice to internal and external customers and suppliers
- Investigations into Judicial Appointments
- Preparing and Submitting the Financial Annual Parliamentary Report
My team became solely responsible for FReM and collating data from other areas of the estate. I was the lead FReM reporter for the Annual Submission to Parliament.
Other Skills and Expertise
I am fully trained in Risk Analysis, Risk Assessments and Mitigation, Submissions for Ministers, Annual Parliamentary Reports, various databases and compliance and auditing.
Trained and highly experienced across Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Power-Point, various databases, Health & Safety, data analysis and interrogation, auditing and handling often complex data sets.
One of my key strengths is researching and analysis, investigating anomalies and irregularities quickly and accurately in order to develop solutions. Another key area of strength is problem solving and resolution.
I have gained a great deal of experience across the Ministry of Justice Estate, spanning 15 years, in particular working with the Prison Estate, Probation and the Home Office, internal and external stakeholders, and fostering good relationships with clients and colleagues.
Current – Investigative Research
I left the Civil Service on Voluntary Redundancy in 2016, after being given the opportunity to work with Inquiry senior partner MIPI, Private Investigator.
Much of my work is investigative research, a key strength of mine. Inquiry senior partner has worked with me to develop my skills in all investigative areas, and I am continuously working and developing my training in this area successfully.
I am CTC (Counter Terroism Cleared) from 2016, until 2025.
Referee: Human Resources – Ministry of Justice, Petty France
Referee: Inquiry senior partner MIPI & Senior Partner at Line of Inquiry
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