Markanza began her career undertaking criminal work, which she sees was a great way to learn about cross examination .She has however specialised in Family for many years. She now specialises in children’s work both private and public, undertaking cases which involve complex legal and factual matters.
Markanza is instructed in highly complex public law children’s cases. In the past twelve months she has led for a local authority in a case involving allegations of inter-sibling sexual abuse with 8 parents 11 children and 5 guardians.
She was led in a ‘dead baby case’ where the client was found not to be the perpetrator.
She has also appeared in a factitious illness case for the child with a junior against silks. The medical records ran to over 8,000 pages.
Markanza has dealt with a public law case where the court had to grapple with the impact of diplomatic immunity on public law cases, an area in which there was no legal authority.
Markanza undertakes complex private law cases dealing with live with and spend time with issues as well as internal and external relocation.
She has acted for a doctor who was accused of sexually abusing his own child and as a result was suspended from practice. She was successful in getting the court to make no findings which resulted in her client being able to resume work but more importantly his relationship with his child.
She has acted for a father in a highly litigious contact dispute where contact had ceased when she was instructed but after her input and persuasion to the court was successfully reinstated.
She has been instructed in cases of internal relocation (eg the south west/Scotland/ north of England) as well as external relocation (America, Russia). She was successfully led in a relocation to China case.
Before having her daughter Markanza was a committee member of reunite for many years and she has continued with her interest in this field and undertakes work for both applicants and defendants.
Markanza is a qualified Children’s Arbitrator.
Reputation & Awards
“Markanza is technically sharp with her answers, but is also very approachable, amenable and easy to work with.”Chambers & Partners, 2023
“A very strong advocate, who is very approachable and works well with her instructing solicitors.”
– Chambers & Partners, 2024
“She is a diligent, child-centred and very robust advocate. Forthright in her application of the law, she is effective in advocating the position put forward. She’s very solicitor-friendly in her approach and is solid on the client care side.”
– Chambers & Partners, 2023
“Markanza Cudby is technically sharp with her answers, but is also very approachable, amenable and easy to work with.”
– Chambers & Partners, 2023
Markanza is extremely experienced in relation to non-accidental injury cases and complex cases overall. She will always be willing to discuss the case outside of hearings and provide additional support to her instructing solicitors where required. She always goes extra mile to ensure that the client understands complex information and is very patient with the most vulnerable clients.’
– Legal 500, 2023
“She is good at tailoring cases and knows what needs to be done.” “She is a forceful advocate.”
– Chambers & Partners, 2022
“A fierce advocate who has so much gravitas.” “Markanza is able to deal with complex matters and simplify them for the client in an accessible manner.” “She is excellent on really thorny children cases.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021
“An experienced, capable barrister who has a lot of experience of both sitting as a judge and as a barrister. She’s a very good, effective advocate.” – Chambers & Partners, 2020
‘An excellent advocate. ’ – Legal 500, 2020 (Leading Junior)
“An advocate who is fantastic on her feet, experienced and reliable.” – Chambers & Partners, 2019
‘She really, really does know her stuff and presents the client’s case in a very focused, very strong, very clear way that judges appreciate’ – Chambers & Partners, 2018
‘Fights with precision and flair in children’s cases.’ – Legal 500, 2018
‘She is a fantastic advocate and can clearly and concisely put a case to the court. Accessible and friendly, she provides excellent legal advice’ – Chambers UK
Recommended for cases concerning non accidental injury – Legal 500
Markanza is noted for ‘her commitment to achieving the best for her client.’ – Chambers Directory
Impresses the market ‘by her ability to grasp the essentials straight away’ – Chambers UK
Top marks for preparation. – Chambers UK
‘She’s a natural advocate in a day and age when so much of the work is done on paper’ – Chambers UK