Anne has a commercial practice specialising in banking and financial services, civil fraud, insolvency, insurance and professional negligence. Consistently listed in Chambers and Partners (since 2013) in both Commercial Dispute Resolution and Commercial Chancery Litigation, Anne was rated as a ‘Star of the Bar’ (Five Years’ Call and Under) by Chambers and Partners (2013), where she is described as “an excellent technical lawyer” of whom “Instructing solicitors note that ‘we put a huge amount of trust in her, especially given her junior call’.
Anne was instructed as junior counsel to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards (led by Rory Phillips QC and David Quest QC). She was appointed as a specialist adviser to the Commission, assisting with the Commission's review of the 2008 collapse of HBOS, and LIBOR.
Anne was also heavily involved in the Berezovsky litigation for the last five years (Berezovsky v Abramovich; Berezovsky v Hine & Ors), in both the Commercial Court action and the actions in the Chancery Division (instructed by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, led by Ali Malek QC and Sonia Tolaney QC).
In addition to acting as a junior, Anne is also regularly instructed to appear at hearings in the High Court and County Court as sole counsel, with particular emphasis on banking disputes, debt claims (including Consumer Credit Act agreement claims), possession hearings and 'bank charges' disputes. Anne also has particular experience of retail banking disputes, representing banks in PPI claims and, more recently, advising in respect of allegations of mis-selling of interest rate products.
Before coming to the Bar, Anne qualified as a solicitor at Linklaters LLP (2005-2007) and was an associate in the commercial litigation department (2007-2008) where she advised on contractual disputes, commercial fraud, pension disputes and a large Serious Fraud Office investigation, all invariably with a significant international element. During her training, Anne also practised in the Corporate and Finance departments, covering a wide range of work including company group restructuring, Main Market and AIM company listings, and syndicated and structured financing arrangements. Anne also spent six months in Linklaters’ Moscow office, and undertook a secondment to a major client.
Making her mark on the commercial chancery field, she has cut her teeth on some of the most high-profile big-ticket disputes of recent years”.
Chambers & Partners UK 2014
‘“An up-and-coming junior with a growing following of instructing solicitors. Her practice covers a range of commercial disputes, and she acts both as sole counsel and as a junior to silks.”
Chambers & Partners UK 2015
Anne is recommended as an up-and-coming junior by Chambers & Partners (2013) for commercial litigation, where she is described as “a highly clever, very good technical lawyer”.
Anne regularly appears in the County Court and High Court in general commercial matters. Current and recent instructions include:
Berezovsky v Abramovich & Ors and Berezovsky v Hine & Ors ( EWHC 2463 (Comm)), acting for Russian businessman, Mr Anisimov, in the claim brought by Mr Berezovsky to have had an interest in Russian aluminium company RusAl and the Russian metallurgical company Metalloinvest. Led by Ali Malek QC and Sonia Tolaney QC; instructed by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Issues arising include contract and tort claims, fiduciary duties, tracing, applicable law, privacy issues arising out of commercially sensitive information, and procedural issues following from the partial joining of four multiparty actions across two different divisions of the High Court.
Dunbar Bank PLC v Dorcas Holdings Limited. Instructed as sole counsel on in a multi-party possession claim in respect of a £3.4 million debt. Instructed by DLA on behalf of Dunbar Bank PLC (County Court).
HLCF Limited v Barclays Bank plc, (Chancery Division). Instructed by DLA on behalf of Barclays Bank in a substantial breach of contract claim. Led by Andrew Sutcliffe QC (2011).
Aviva Commercial Finance Limited v Brooks Properties Ltd & Ors (2010). Acted for Aviva in a multi-million pound contract claim and possession proceedings. Led by Sonia Tolaney; instructed by DLA Piper UK LLP.
Advising liquidators as to potential claims against former directors (ongoing)
Appeared for the successful judgment creditor in an interpleader application for the return of seized goods (2010) (High Court, Queen’s Bench Division); instructed by DLA Piper UK LLP.
Successfully defended Wincanton plc in the trial of a breach of contract claim brought against it by a former contractor.
In addition to court work, Anne undertakes a significant amount of written work, including drafting pleadings and providing written advice on all areas of general commercial law.
Past experience as a litigation solicitor includes assisting an international company subject to a lengthy Serious Fraud Office investigation, including advising as to compliance and anti-money laundering procedures when operating in multiple jurisdictions, and advising a large consultancy firm in a multi-million pound pensions dispute.
Anne was appointed as specialist advisor (junior counsel, lead by Rory Phillips QC and David Quest QC) to the Parliamentary Committee on Banking Standards, in which role she assisted the Committee’s review of the 2008 collapse of HBOS, and LIBOR.
Other recent and current instructions include:
Advising and representing various high street banks in relation to a number of matters involving allegations of mis-selling of interest rate swap products.
Advising and representing a bank in a dispute concerning allegations of unauthorised transactions.
Instructed as junior counsel during the early stages of a large finance dispute concerning the role of an investment bank providing prime brokerage services for the trading of complex derivatives.
Appeared on a series of successful strike-out applications of negligence claims brought against a major bank: issues including the nature and extent of the bank’s money laundering obligations, duties concerning the handling of cheques, and duties owed to customers (2010-2011) (instructed by DLA Piper UK LLP).
Representing HSBC in a successful costs application by banks following the decisions in Carey v HSBC plc and Teasdale v HSBC Bank & ors; issues including the availability of a mandatory injunction for a breach of sections 77/78 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (2011).
Regular appearances in consumer credit claims, business guarantee claims, bank charges hearings, possession hearings and interim and final hearings in the County Court.
Anne undertook a secondment to HSBC in 2010, during which she worked with the litigation team, undertaking drafting and advisory work as well as continuing to appear on behalf of HSBC at court hearings.
Anne also has experience from her time at Linklaters’ Moscow office of drafting and advising on complex structured financing arrangements with international syndicates of banks.
Before coming to the Bar, Anne qualified as a solicitor at Linklaters LLP (2005-2007) and was an associate in the commercial litigation department (2007-2008) where she advised on contractual disputes, commercial fraud, pension disputes and a large Serious Fraud Office investigation, all invariably with a significant international element. During her training, Anne also practised in the Corporate and Finance departments, covering a wide range of work including company group restructuring, Main Market and AIM company listings, and syndicated and structured financing arrangements. Anne also spent six months in Linklaters' Moscow office, and undertook a secondment to a major client.
BCL (Restitution, Conflict of Laws, Evidence), Oxford (2005)
BA (Hons)(First), Law, Oxford (2003)
Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School (Distinction) (2004)
AHRB scholarship (2004-2005)
Open Scholarship, Jesus College, Oxford (2001-2003)
Contributing author, Paget's Law of Banking, 14th Edition
“Interest Rate Swaps: The products, legal issues, regulatory issues, causation and loss” (with Sonia Tolaney QC, David Quest and Sandy Phipps)
“Fraud on Companies by Directors and Employees: A Practical Guide” (with Matthew Parker and Christopher Bond)
Dutch, German (conversational)