Anna Bradshaw

Dr. Anna Bradshaw (née Odby)


Anna advises on white-collar crime and economic sanctions

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  • Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA)
  • Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)
  • The Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum (DELF)
  • Extradition Lawyers Association (ELA)

Anna advises individuals and corporates on all aspects of financial crime and sanctions risk, compliance and enforcement; assisting with investigations into suspected breaches and related reporting obligations and representing suspects and witnesses in contentious proceedings.

She is recommended as a Global Elite Thought Leader on International Sanctions in Who’s Who Legal (Trade & Customs 2020) describing Anna in the 2019 edition as a ‘prominent’ figure in the market, recognised for her ‘encyclopaedic’ knowledge at legal and policy level as well as her ‘diligent and thoughtful approach to sanctions matters’ and in the 2020 edition as ‘highly knowledgeable in the area’ with ‘a real depth of expertise’. She is experienced in challenging UN and EU sanctions designations, having worked on the first UK judicial review of the implementation of EU sanctions as well as a number of annulment applications brought in the EU General Court.

Anna is an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), assisting the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS) with their research on the design and implementation of sanctions by the US, EU and UK.

Anna is ranked in Chambers and Partners UK 2021 for her work on Proceeds of Crime and Asset Forfeiture, noting her ‘burgeoning reputation in the POCA space’ as ‘a well-known expert on anti-money laundering’.  She advises on compliance with anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing obligations as well as on money laundering prosecutions and the exercise of asset recovery powers in connection with UK and overseas investigations, including account freezing and forfeiture orders. She has represented suspects and witnesses in a number of high-profile Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations, prosecutions and civil recovery settlements including, during her time as a Senior Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, the first ever Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) in the UK.

In Legal 500 2021, Anna is described as “an experienced counsellor in high-stakes matters.” (Fraud: white-collar crime). She is also recognised as an economic sanctions and export controls specialist.

Anna is recognised as a ‘Future Leader – Partners’ in Who’s Who Legal: Investigations, 2020 and forthcoming 2021 edition.  She is experienced in cross-border investigations, including challenges to Interpol red notices and diffusions. She is an expert in EU criminal justice cooperation, including mutual legal assistance and extradition.  She has been a member of the Law Society’s EU Committee since 2011 and has during that period given oral and written evidence on the Law Society’s behalf on EU criminal law matters to a number of Parliamentary select committees.

Anna holds a doctorate in anti-money laundering regulation, and taught public law and human rights law at the University of Westminster before going into private practice. She sits as Consultation Secretary on the committee of the Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA) and is consultant adviser to Thomson Reuters Practical Law, as a member of the Consultation Board for Business Crime & Investigations. She is a member of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) and the Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum (DELF). She regularly publishes and speaks on a variety of topics relating to financial crime and sanctions, in the UK and abroad.


Publications include:

Co-editor, The GIR Guide to Sanctions – First Edition

Chapter on ‘Financial sanctions as a weapon for combating grand corruption’, in Corruption, Integrity and the Law: Global Regulatory Challenges (Routledge, 2020)

Oral evidence provided to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union, ‘Brexit: the proposed UK-EU security treaty’, 9 May 2018

‘The prospect of expanded EU blocking legislation: a solution or a problem?’, WorldECR, Issue 69, May 2018

Co-author, ‘Demystifying delisting: A guide to seeking removal from international sanctions lists’, WorldECR, Issue 67, March 2018

‘Financial sanctions reporting obligations: what accountants need to know’, Accountancy Magazine, CCH Daily, 23 January 2018

‘Will new anti-money laundering legislation be a help or hindrance?’, World Finance, 14 December 2017

‘“High Risk” Clients Put Into The Cold By Banks – Who Should Be Concerned?’, Wealth Briefing, 29 September 2017

‘Are HNWs at risk of becoming “unbankable”’, Spear’s, 11 July 2017

‘Left exposed – PEPs’, Money Laundering Bulletin, July/August 2017, Issue 245

‘Beware banks’ snap reaction to new money laundering rules’, 22 June 2017

Oral evidence provided to the House of Lords, EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee, ‘Criminal Justice Cooperation with the EU after Brexit: The European Arrest Warrant inquiry’, 29 March 2017

Thomson Reuters practice notes on extradition (2016 onwards).

Oral evidence provided to the House of Lords EU Justice, Institutions and Consumer Protection Sub-Committee, ‘The UK’s Opt-in and International Agreements’, 5 November 2014

Oral evidence provided to the House of Lords EU Justice, Institutions and Consumer Protection Sub-Committee, ‘The European Public Prosecutor’s Office: The Impact on Non-Participating Member States’, 2 April 2014

Co-author of chapters on ‘Navigating the counter-terrorist financing and sanctions regime’ and ‘The complexities of legal professional privilege as it applies to money laundering and terrorist financing suspicions’ in Anti-Money Laundering Compliance for Law Firms (Ark Group, 2013)

Oral evidence to the House of Lords EU Justice, Institutions and Consumer Protection Sub-Committee, ‘The European Union’s Policy on Criminal Procedure’, 14 December 2011.

Recent EU Developments in Environmental Criminal Law from a UK Perspective’, Parts I and II, Bloomberg European Law Journal, March and April 2009.

Chapter on ‘Money Laundering’, Workplace Law Handbook, 2008-2010 editions.

Chapter on ‘The European Union and Money Laundering’ in the International and European Financial Criminal Law (LexisNexis, 2006).