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Anneliese Day QC

Call: 1996 QC: 2012

Chambers Bar Awards Winner 2014   

Anneliese has extensive experience of domestic and international disputes in the commercial, construction, professional liability and insurance sphere. She thrives on the cut and thrust of advocacy but also brings commerciality to the issues she deals with so as to achieve the best outcome for her clients.

The "truly exceptional" nature of her work led her to win the prestigious "Barrister of the Year" at The Lawyer 2014 Awards (click here), following hot on the heels from her selection for The Lawyer "Hot 100" (Click here).

The Lawyer Awards judges noted that she had a string of “impressive achievements” and were “wowed by the application”, adding, “there’s evidence of a fighter here – her versatility in both witness and expert handling really comes across. That is what we need in this profession”.

Anneliese also won Construction Silk of the Year in the Chambers Bar Awards in October 2014 (click here) and in 2015 Anneliese was named as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK by Debretts (click here).

Anneliese is typically instructed on high-profile and chunky cases, producing top-notch advocacy against more senior silks and achieving comprehensive victories for her clients. Their testimonies for the Lawyer Awards noted her “extraordinary talent”, eloquency, and ability to explain complex issues to lay clients".

Anneliese is also consistently rated as a leader in her field both on a domestic and international level by the specialist directories in all of her areas of expertise:

“Instructing her is like sending your opponent a battering ram with a first-class stamp. She is frighteningly bright, superb on her feet, completely unflappable, has an exceptional work ethic and is blessed with an incredible memory for detail." "A formidable and very able advocate." (Chambers & Partners 2016: Commercial Dispute Resolution)

‘An outstanding lawyer of her generation. She is calm and controlled in the most tense of situations.’ (Legal 500 2014: Professional Negligence)

Recognised as a top choice for high-end professional liability claims of all kinds "She has a good manner with the court, is well prepared and is pragmatic and persuasive in her advocacy." "She is commercially aware and demonstrates an excellent understanding of the insurance industry."’ (Chambers & Partners 2016: Professional Negligence)

A ‘Standout silk …"She's great, pragmatic, charming, thorough and brings a case to life." "She puts her submission over very well. She's intensely commercial, very practical."’ (Chambers & Partners 2016: Construction)

A star silk for construction cases.” (Legal 500 2015: Construction)

"She is fiercely intelligent, but also perfectly human. She has excellent client care skills, is exceptional on her feet, and her advice is succinct and to the point." "She has a tremendous brain, but what differentiates her is her unflappability - she is calm, methodical and logical, and always a pleasure to work with."(Chambers & Partners 2015: Professional Negligence)

 “An exceptional performer on her feet and a real hit with clients.” (Legal 500: 2015 Professional Negligence)

"Truly exceptional" and well known among her peers for being a tough and impressive opponent. She is "someone who can really be presented with a tricky case and see a way through." “She handles many complex matters including high-value fraud and commercial cases.” "Exceptionally good with clients, she has a great sense of humour and produces work product of the highest quality." "Brainy, incisive, but also human when appropriate." (Chambers & Partners 2014: Professional Negligence & Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction)

"Highly capable, she has a great eye for detail." She provides "pragmatic, commercial advice."(Chambers & Partners 2015: Construction)

A well-regarded silk with a wealth of experience in construction disputes, including international arbitrations. "Energetic." (Chambers & Partners 2014 and Chambers Global 2015: Construction)

"Hard-working, very bright and a pleasure to deal with, she's tough and impressive on her feet." "She reassured our clients and made insightful comments on their position from an early stage." (Chambers & Partners 2015: Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“Since taking silk in 2012, she has continued to gain significant market respect for her commercial dispute practice. Her practical approach to cases and skilled advocacy gain her particular praise.” "Has an incredible work ethic and is excellent with clients.” (Chambers & Partners 2014: Commercial Dispute Resolution)

"She is excellent on her feet and very bright." (Chambers & Partners 2016: Insurance)

“Brilliant, approachable and down to earth, and she really helps when you are around a table working towards a solution. Her written work is also very strong." ‘Instructing solicitors and insurer clients say she is "very bright and charming."’ (Chambers & Partners 2015: Insurance)

“Attracts praise for her intellectual rigour and client care, and her ability to inspire confidence in her strategy.” (Legal 500 2014: Insurance & Reinsurance)

“Lauded for her tenacious approach, she is a lawyer of great technical excellence.” (Chambers & Partners 2013: Professional Negligence and Construction Professionals).

In addition to her extensive domestic practice she is called to the Bar of Northern Ireland and holds provisional registration in Part II of the DIFC Courts' Register of Practitioners. Anneliese also has experience of acting in Dubai, Doha, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, France, Germany, Ireland, USA and Turkey.

Anneliese has been an editor of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability since 2002.  In April 2013 Anneliese was appointed as a Board Member of the Legal Services Board.

Anneliese has acted and accepts instructions as an arbitrator and as an adjudicator and is on the TECBAR list of accredited adjudicators and dispute resolution board members. Anneliese also carries out public access work.


M.A. (Cantab.) (First Class), Harvard University


French and Spanish