What she's best at:
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.'
Who she works for:
- Boards of directors
In the 2014 edition of Chambers & Partners UK, Anne is 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.' In 2015, Anne is described as '...pragmatic and pointed in her advice, and understood the situation completely. She calmed it down and cut through the panic.'
The 2017 Chambers guide says: Anne Davies has significant experience handling a wide array of regulatory investigations on behalf of individuals and organisations. "She provides sensible, practical advice and has a significant track record of delivering successful outcomes for clients. Assured and confident, she is consistently strong on details and process while delivering excellent strategic advice,"
- Advising a UAE corporation and individuals accused of criminal conduct.
- Advising an individual under investigation as part of the Forex probe.
- Advising the Board of a major PLC on a corporate manslaughter investigation.
- Acted in one of the largest insider dealing cases brought by the FCA.
- Advising a sub-contractor on Health and Safety aspects arising from the construction of The Shard.
- Defending the director of a waste management company on charges of illegal exportation of waste to Brazil in breach of health and environmental laws. This case was described by the
- Environmental Agency as the largest brought to date under the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007.
- Advising a Luxury Brand on product safety issues associated with counterfeit goods and high lead levels.
- Advising luxury brand on product safety and product recall regarding defective fabric.
- Guiding a property developer through an interview under caution for alleged breaches of fire safety.
- Advising a charity on safety issues associated with workers temporarily working outside the UK.
- Review of a global media company's Health and Safety policy.
- Advising a construction company on the UK Bribery Act and providing training to senior management.
- Anne has written articles for the trade and legal journals and lectures on Health and Safety matters with a focus on Corporate Manslaughter legislation and Director responsibility. She has written a chapter of the leading text, 'Corporate Liability: Work Related Deaths & Criminal Prosecutions'.
- She has spoken on the implications of the UK Bribery Act.
Previous Law Firms:
- Withers LLP
- Crowell & Moring LLP
- Vizards Wyeth Solicitors
- Walker Smith Way solicitors
- The UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA)
- The Health and Safety Lawyers' Association (HSLA)
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
- London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association (LCCSA)
- The Association of London Welsh Lawyers
- Independent member of Aberystwyth University Council
- College of Law 1st Class Honours
- Aberystwyth University LLB