Anita has been with the Firm since 1989. She joined as a Trainee Solicitor, before qualifying in October 1991 and eventually becoming a Partner in the Practice with effect from 1st January 1995.
Since 2004 Anita has been the Firm’s Managing Partner, and in particular has been responsible for guiding the Firm through Lexcel Accreditation.
Anita’s work is split between Family Law, Criminal Litigation and management of the Firm.
With respect to Family Law, Anita is a Member of Resolution, which is an organisation of Family Lawyers who attempt to resolve family disputes and divorce on a non-confrontational basis. Having said that, if family disputes do have to be settled by the Court, then Anita has nearly 30 years’ experience of advocacy.
Anita has undertaken all types of family work from matters concerning children to complex divorces involving several million pounds’ worth of assets.
So far as Criminal Litigation is concerned, Anita is a Member of the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme and is also a Police Station and Court Duty Solicitor. Her experience has involved her undertaking defence work of a wide nature ranging from the most serious crimes to constructing technical defences for motoring matters.
Outside of work, Anita served for 15 years on the Board of Governors at St Johns Primary School & is currently a Vice-chair of Governors at Spalding High School. She is married with two children.
"I found everyone at Maples, warm and friendly. At my first appointment I was shown compassion as I was very upset at the thought of going through a divorce. Anita was very helpful at all the stages I had to go though and I was kept informed all the time with either letters or phone calls. Anita's Secretary, Sue, was also a god send, if I ever couldn't get hold of Anita, Sue was always on the end of the phone to help me in anyway she could or just to reassure me. Even though my divorce was very traumatic for me, Maples made it a little easier to cope with."
"I was looking for a solicitor to handle my divorce which was not a straight forward case as since our separation my ex husband and I could not agree on a settlement between ourselves. Maples was highly recommended to me by several people that had used them in the past, so I made contact and booked my first appointment. I received first class service from the outset and all the information was upfront, honest and easy to understand. I was kept up to date throughout the process and more than happy with the end result. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Maples, especially Anita and Sue to everyone that needs good, honest advice a great service."
"Anita was extremely understanding, efficient and sensitive in what was a difficult time. I’d have no hesitation in recommending her to others."
"Found Anita to be very good at her job, and I felt comfortable at all times, would not hesitate to use her again."
"Mrs A Toal was very professional and supported me throughout the troubling time. Mrs Toal always had time to explain anything which I didn't understand - she really went above and beyond. Thank you very much for all your help and the advise [sic] you gave me - I am now able to have my child overnight. Highly recommend!"