“An excellent team player and a very impressive academic lawyer – she is incredibly insightful and also tactful in the delivery of her views to a wider team. Her advocacy on paper is succinct, persuasive and elegant”
The Legal 500 2021
Anna is a commercial and chancery practitioner specialising in commercial disputes, banking and finance litigation, insolvency and company litigation and civil fraud. Anna is particularly interested in disputes arising at the intersection between her disciplines, such as banking or civil fraud matters involving an insolvency aspect. Anna is frequently led in substantial disputes, but is equally confident being instructed as sole counsel and often appears against more senior opponents including silks. She has considerable courtroom experience and is highly regarded for her engaging advocacy style and robust cross-examination skills.
Anna is on the Attorney General’s B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown and is regularly instructed on behalf of Government Departments and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
Anna’s practice covers all aspects of general commercial litigation, including commercial contractual disputes, banking and finance matters and civil fraud proceedings including injunctive relief. She frequently appears in the High Court as sole counsel in a wide range of commercial disputes, in addition to being led on more substantial matters. Anna is often instructed in civil fraud and tracing claims and is experienced at making and resisting applications for urgent freezing and proprietary injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal orders and search orders. Given her complementary insolvency expertise, Anna is well-placed to act in civil fraud matters involving an insolvency angle, including proceedings under s.423 Insolvency Act 1986.
Anna has experience of acting in commercial arbitrations and recently appeared as sole counsel in a $12m LCIA arbitration arising out of a dispute regarding a Ukrainian power plant investment. She also has experience in Arbitration Act proceedings in the High Court (e.g. Tata Steel UK Ltd v Associated British Ports  EWHC 694 (Ch).
Anna is recommended by the Legal 500 as a leading junior in Banking and Finance. She is regularly instructed as sole or junior counsel in claims involving banks and other lenders, brokers and financial advisers, including proceedings relating to mortgages, charges and debentures, debt recovery proceedings, guarantee and indemnity claims and consumer credit matters. Anna has been instructed in a large number of claims arising from the sale of financial products including complex interest rate derivatives, and the manipulation of LIBOR. Most recently she was instructed as junior counsel in Ventra Investments Limited v Bank of Scotland  EWHC 2058 (Comm), a fraudulent misrepresentation claim arising from the manipulation of Sterling LIBOR.
Given her complementary expertise in insolvency and restructuring, Anna is well placed to act in banking disputes involving an insolvency dimension, such as bank recovery actions and proceedings relating to receivership and administration of borrowers.
Anna is regularly instructed on behalf of creditors (including HMRC), officeholders and debtors in both corporate and personal insolvency matters. In addition to disputed petitions and injunctive relief applications she frequently acts in Insolvency Act applications brought by or against officeholders, including breach of duty and misfeasance claims against directors, transactional avoidance proceedings, s.236 applications and challenges against office-holders under ss.303 and 168(5). She recently appeared as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal on behalf of creditors in Brake & Ors v Lowes & Ors  EWCA Civ 1491, which considered the test for standing under s.168(5) Insolvency Act 1986. Given her complementary expertise in civil fraud, she is particularly well-placed to act in matters involving the intersection between fraud and insolvency, including provisional liquidations, actions under s.423 Insolvency Act and civil fraud and tracing claims and injunctive relief proceedings brought by liquidators. She is currently instructed on behalf of liquidators in a complex £26 million fraud claim against multiple individual and corporate defendants.
Anna is also instructed by HMRC in a variety of insolvency and enforcement matters, including in relation to Accelerated Payment Notices under the Finance Act 2014. Anna appeared for HMRC in Foster v HMRC  EWHC 2077 (Ch), the first High Court case to consider the availability of public law defences to APN enforcement proceedings
Anna is instructed in a range of company law matters including proceedings relating to the enforcement of directors’ duties, corporate insolvency, shareholder disputes including unfair prejudice petitions under s.994 Companies Act 2006 and derivative actions. She recently appeared for the successful Petitioner in Langer v (1) McKeown (2) The Stratos Club Limited  EWHC 3485 (Ch), a s.994 petition relating to the Sophisticats adult entertainment business.
Anna has a particular specialism in proceedings under the Company Directors Disqualification Aact 1986 and has been instructed in a large number of claims for disqualification and permission applications for leave to act as a director pursuant to s.17 CDDA, on behalf of both the Secretary of State / Official Receiver and defendant directors. Anna frequently appears in multi-day disqualification trials in the Companies Court and has considerable experience of disqualification trial advocacy and cross-examination. She acted for the Secretary of State in Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy v Murphy  EWHC 459 (Ch), in which she obtained an eight-year disqualification order against a practising solicitor. Anna is also instructed in public interest winding up petitions on behalf of the Secretary of State.
Brake & Ors v Lowes & Ors  EWHC 538 (Ch)
Instructed on behalf of creditors in Insolvency Act applications pursuant to ss.168(5)
and 303 Insolvency Act 1986. The case considered the test for standing under
s.168(5); appeal due to be heard by the Court of Appeal in October 2020
Ventra Investments Limited v Bank of Scotland  EWHC 2058 (Comm)
Acted for the Claimant in a claim arising from the sale of complex interest rate
derivatives to a property management company, including a claim for
misrepresentation in relation to LIBOR rigging.
HMRC v Foster  EWHC 2077 (Ch)
Instructed by HMRC in the first High Court case to consider whether public law
challenges to an Accelerated Payment Notice under the Finance Act 2014 can be
raised by taxpayers by way of defence to civil law enforcement proceedings.
Succeeded in establishing that such defences may be raised only by way of judicial
review or appeal to the FTT.
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy v Murphy  EWHC 459 (Ch)
Instructed by the Secretary of State in director disqualification proceedings against a
practising solicitor. Obtained an eight-year disqualification order.
LCIA Arbitration (2018)
Sole counsel for the successful Claimant in two joined claims under the LCIA Rules.
The claims, which were for in excess of $12m, arose out of a dispute between two
Tata Steel UK Ltd v Associated British Ports  EWHC 694 (Ch)
Represented the Respondent in this application for a stay pursuant to section 9 of
the Arbitration Act 1996. Instructed by Eversheds Sutherland and led by Zia Bhaloo
Harrington v United States of America [2015, ET]
Acted for the Government of the United States of America in State Immunity
proceedings. Successfully established that the USA enjoyed State immunity in
relation to claims brought by a UK national employed by the US Armed Forces on a
military base in the UK. Instructed by Volterra Fietta and led by Professor Dan
A Company v Lloyds Bank plc
Representing a property development company in a negligent advice claim against
Lloyds bank plc involving over £30 million of complex interest rate derivatives.
Instructed by Carter-Ruck and led by William McCormick QC.
Mid-Sussex Homes v Natwest Bank plc and Royal Bank of Scotland plc (2014, Mercantile Court).
Interest rate derivatives mis-selling claim. Instructed by Carter-Ruck and led by
William McCormick QC.