Ann-Marie Bowman

Partner & Chairwoman

Ann-Marie Bowman is Partner and Chairwoman of Nottingham based law firm Rothera Sharp. In her role as Chairwoman Ann-Marie leads the executive board who are focused on strategic planning and implementation.

Ann-Marie remains highly committed to her fee-earning work in family law, dealing with all aspects of children matters.  She is an accredited member of the Law Society Children’s Accreditation scheme (previously referred to as the Children Panel) recognising her expertise in this area of work.

Ann-Marie frequently represents children’s guardians, and takes instructions directly from children in appropriate circumstances, to ensure their interests are represented in Court proceedings. Ann-Marie also represents parents, other family members and foster carers within proceedings.

Qualifications & Experience

Ann-Marie qualified in 1999 and has 20 years’ experience as a solicitor in family law. She dealt with a varied family law caseload before specialising in children matters from 2004. Ann-Marie graduated from Newcastle University and attained her Legal Practice Course at York. She completed her training contract at a predominantly legal aid law firm in Leicester and following a merger transferred to the Nottingham office of another Midlands firm. Ann-Marie joined Rothera Sharp in 2002, progressing through the roles of Assistant Solicitor, Associate and Partner and was Managing Partner throughout the firm’s 2016 merger until 2019, when she became Chairwoman.



Office Base

The Lace Market


Lizzie Shaw


Family Law

Positions Held

Director of AM Bowman Ltd
Partner at Rothera Sharp
Head of Care Department

Areas of Specialism

Adoption including placing children for Adoption
Care Proceedings
Child Arrangement Orders
Parental Responsibility
Prohibited Steps Orders
Special Guardianship
Specific Issue Orders

Legal aid may be available to assist you in funding the work undertaken by Ann-Marie.




Law Society Children’s Accreditation Scheme
Association of Lawyers for Children

Ann-Marie Bowman - Rothera Sharp Solicitors, Nottingham

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  • "Ann-Marie Bowman, whose instructions predominantly come from children’s guardians, is a 'highly respected children lawyer’."

    Legal 500, 2018

  • "Impressive group with expertise in both matrimonial finance cases and children matters. A strong childcare team handles cases involving physical and emotional abuse, as well as fatalities. Well versed in matters with international aspects, Hague Convention cases, as well as adoption and guardianship issues."

    Chambers 2018

  • "Ann-Marie Bowman specialises in public childcare cases and receives instructions from guardians, family members and foster carers regarding a range of adoption and care proceedings."

    Legal 500, 2017

  • "Has extensive experience advising on public children law cases."

    Legal 500, 2016

  • "A wide range of experience in family matters, dealing with financial disputes, children matters and care proceedings."

    Chambers 2014

  • "Rothera Dowson is strong in care cases and other public law family matters, and in matrimonial finance. Ann-Marie Bowman has a childcare specialism."

    Legal 500, 2012

  • "Excellent for children matters: forceful but with a gentle touch."

    Legal 500, 2011