Anna Illingworth
  • I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the work you did for us regarding one of our employees. It was a stressful time for myself and our company but you dealt with the matter professionally and tactfully. At all times we felt we were getting sound advice.

Anna Illingworth


Having obtained a BA Hons History degree at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College of London University, completing her conversion course at Oxford Brookes and her LPC at Bristol University, Anna qualified as a solicitor in 1998. She joined Rowberry Morris in 2011 and became a partner in 2012. She is an employment law specialist and an ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists) registered contentious trust and probate specialist.


With over 12 years' specialist experience, Anna advises employers and employees in relation to non-contentious matters that include recruitment, appraisals, sickness and absence management, flexible working, contracts of employment, restrictive covenants, staff handbooks and employment processes, and systems and reorganisations.

Anna also advises employers and employees in relation to employment disputes in the employment tribunals and courts in relation to disputes that include restrictive covenants, unfair dismissal, age, sex, maternity and disability discrimination, breach of contract and wrongful dismissal, whistleblowing and redundancy.

Settlement Agreements

These are a means of bringing employment to an end in an agreed and confidential way. Anna regularly prepares comprehensive, bespoke settlement agreements for employers and advises both employers and employees in relation to settlement agreements. Frequently, this is done for a fixed or capped fee, and turned around very quickly.

Contentious Trust and Probate

As a registered contentious trust and probate specialist, Anna has over 20 years' experience in bringing and defending claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Families and Dependants) Act 1975, and in challenging and upholding the validity of wills. She has acted for bereaved spouses, civil partners, siblings, step parents, step children, adoptive parents and adopted children, cohabitees and for executors and trustees.

Anna has acted as a trustee for over 15 years and is currently a trustee of Citizens' Advice Tadley. She can therefore offer practical advice and legal guidance to trustees.

ADR and Mediation

Anna is committed, wherever possible, to finding a resolution to contentious matters through alternative dispute resolution methods ('ADR'), for example, mediation. When used appropriately, ADR can be a cost-effective and quick way of resolving any type of conflict or dispute informally and confidentially.

Civil and Commercial disputes

Anna also has a wide experience in resolving civil and commercial disputes, such as breach of contract, breach of duty, breach of restrictive covenant and professional negligence.

Outside of work, Anna enjoys running, walking, gardening and an annual skiing holiday, and in quieter moments, reading, enjoying wine and good food with friends and family, and responding to the whims of a very demanding cat. Anna organises the firms sponsorship and entries for the Staines 10 K run each year and time permitting the weekly Reading office lunchtime walk.

See case summaries and newsletters for examples of Anna’s work and advice.

To make an appointment with Anna, please email her at or contact her assistant, Kathy Neville on 0118 9516647 or by email

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