Annelise Haugstad


Annelise excels in client care with her easy manner with vulnerable defendants, including clients with learning disabilities and psychiatric problems.

She has a great deal of experience in a variety of cases and has been instructed in cases of murder, serious sexual offences, child and animal cruelty, multi-handed drug offences, arson and all types of offences committed by young people and vulnerable defendants. She has also represented defendants in a number of cases involving psychosis and false confessions.

She has represented defendants as young as 11-years-old in the Crown Court. She has also appeared in the Coroner’s Court representing bereaved families.

Annelise is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and businesses under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme without involving a solicitor. If you believe that you or your business may benefit from the cost savings that can result from direct access to a barrister then contact Annelise’s clerk on (01642) 260451.

Annelise studied Law and Music at Keele University. She speaks Norwegian, is a dog show judge, enjoys open water swimming and has a penchant for Scandicrime in the native Scandiwegian!

Recent Cases

  • Defended an 11-year-old for the oral rape of a seven-year-old
  • Defended a 17-year-old boy for the rape of an eight-year-old
  • Defended a 76-year-old for historic sexual offences against a family member
  • Defended in a number of cases involving psychosis and false confessions



Practice Areas

Regulatory and Criminal Litigation


Family Mediator

Direct Access Qualified

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