Anna Bradshaw

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 has long experience of advising individual and corporate clients across a broad spectrum of financial crime and related regulatory matters; often involving multiple jurisdictions and competing enforcement actions. She has advised both 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. She is an expert in EU criminal law, with a particular interest in anti-money laundering legislation, mutual legal assistance and extradition. She has also acted for individuals who seek to contest Interpol red notices and diffusions.

Anna is particularly well placed to advise on EU and UK financial and trade sanctions, with experience of acting in contentious proceedings as well as of providing non-contentious compliance advice. She has represented both individuals and corporates in legal challenges brought against targeted EU sanctions, including 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. She regularly publishes and speaks on a variety of sanctions-related topics, in the UK and abroad.

Her compliance work for corporate clients includes advice on the design and implementation of internal policies and procedures relating to anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering and economic sanctions compliance as well as strategic export and trade controls. She is well versed in conducting internal investigations and regularly advises on corporate self-disclosures and related reporting obligations.

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 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 to a number of Parliamentary select committees on various topics related to EU criminal law. She is a member of a Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) Task Force on the future of EU, UK and US cooperation in criminal justice and police cooperation.

Anna sits on the committee of the Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA), as Consultation Secretary.  She 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), the Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum (DELF) and the Extradition Lawyers Association (ELA).

Publications include:

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).