Anne is a Business crime specialist. She has handled a broad range of regulatory investigations over the last 20 years, assisting both companies and individuals to minimise the risk facing them through criminal and civil liabilities arising from internal or external investigations. She has the knowledge and resources to work on domestic and international business crime litigation matters including bribery and corruption, environmental crimes; health and Safety; product safety; white collar crime.
Anne is particularly well known for her ability to advise Boards of Directors. She has developed a range of training programmes and tools to help Directors understand their responsibilities, and understand how to deal with crisis situations should they occur. She runs an innovative training programme which involves coaching Directors undergoing a simulated interview under caution, so participants can experience the reality of an external criminal investigation. Clients and peers praise her practical and proactive approach in providing this Board-level advice.
Anne advises on proceedings brought by the Financial Conduct Authority, Serious Fraud Office, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Health and Safety Executive, Food Standards Agency, Local Authority, Environment Agency, Trading Standards, the police and HMRC. She has developed a particular specialism in providing strategic health and safety advice, covering health, product and fire safety. She has been involved in many of the major health and safety cases of the last decade, including having defended McDonalds against group litigation in the now famous ‘Hot Drinks’ litigation, which remains one of the leading decisions under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. She wins praise from market sources who say she has ‘…good judgement, a sound grasp of the relevant legal principles and a very good relationship with the HSE’, whilst Legal 500 UK 2015 describes Anne as ‘an extremely capable and astute lawyer, knowledgeable and client-oriented.’
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In the most recent edition of Chambers and Partners UK 2019 guide, Anne was highlighted by clients for her "pragmatic and business-minded approach and strong commercial awareness and mindset."
In 2018, Anne was described by her clients as providing "invaluable advice and support."
In 2015, Anne was described as '...pragmatic and pointed in her advice, and understood the situation completely. She calmed it down and cut through the panic.'
Anne is also described as 'able, switched-on' and also recognised for being 'tenacious in her approach, but retains a pragmatic and business-aware overview in dealing with authorities.'