Having completed a family law pupillage, Markanza has concentrated on this area throughout her career at the bar. She is predominantly a Children’s law practitioner with vast experience in both public and private law matters.
In public law she has experience of representing local authorities, parents , Guardians and children direct. She is particularly sought after in complex cases involving allegations of non accidental injury and sexual abuse.
In private law Markanza covers all areas including residence, contact, adoption, internal and external relocation. She also deals with child abduction, having been a trustee of Reunite for many years.
Markanza also deals with ancillary relief and schedule 1 cases. She brings her experience both as a barrister and DDJ to these cases.
What the directories say
The Legal 500 rank Markanza as the only junior in the top band for children’s law.
Chambers & Partners say
“noted for her commitment to achieving the best for her clients” – Chambers & Partner 2011
“…highly recommended for complex children work. Solicitors praise her “ability to tame the most difficult clients, winning them over with her very sensible approach.” She is often instructed in matters containing international angles.”
Noted children law practitioner where sources say “she does great work”.
Cases of interest
In the past 12 months Markanza has been involved in two cases where the father killed the mother. The circumstances of both being reported in the National Press.
She has also deal with a highly complex case where the mother faced allegations of factitious illness in respect of a child who suffered a life limiting illness.
Appointments & Memberships
- Deputy District Judge at PRFD
- Recorder (Crime, Private Family and Care)
- Bar Pro Bono Unit
- Family Law Bar Association
- Association of Lawyers for Children