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Anna is an extraordinarily bright lawyer with very significant experience. She is technically gifted, extremely hard-working and thorough.

Chambers 2024

Dr. Anna Bradshaw (née Odby)


Anna is an extraordinarily bright lawyer with very significant experience. She is technically gifted, extremely hard-working and thorough.

Chambers 2024

Anna advises individuals and corporates on all aspects of financial crime and economic sanctions risk, compliance and enforcement.

Anna is ranked in Chambers UK 2022 as “a well-known expert on anti-money laundering” and is also recommended for her specialist knowledge of economic sanctions. She is described as an "excellent lawyer", "who understands sanctions and POCA very well".

Chambers UK 2024 mentions that Anna has an excellent reputation in the POCA space and is a well-known expert in anti-money laundering, with one client saying that she "is an extraordinarily bright lawyer with very significant experience. She is technically gifted, extremely hard-working and thorough". The guide ranks Anna in Band 1 for sanctions, noting that she is a financial crime and sanctions expert who stands out for her work representing designated persons. Clients praised Anna as "the best lawyer I know on the subject of sanctions", as well as “her client-centric attitude and willingness to go an extra mile [which] is matched by her deep understanding of international sanctions compliance".

Anna is ranked as a ‘Global Elite Thought Leader’ by Who’s Who Legal for her work on International Sanctions (2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 editions), with one edition describing her as “a brilliant attorney” who is recognised as “one of the best for complex sanctions issues and related litigation”, as well as for Trade & Customs (2023). She is also 'recommended' by Who’s Who Legal for her work in Business Crime Defence (2021, 2022 and 2023 editions), and Investigations (2022 and 2023 editions).

Anna is recommended by Legal 500 2024 as knowledgeable about UK sanctions and export controls, and for her work on regulatory investigations, including for her money laundering and insider dealing expertise, as well as for general crime, being adept at advising on proceeds of crime matters. She is also recommended for her work in white collar, contentious financial services and public international law, with one client noting that she “is a well-known specialist in the [latter] area, who stands out for the depth of her knowledge and ability to cut through complex legislative provisions, to identify the key issues and come up with pragmatic solutions”. Other clients said: “Anna Bradshaw is extremely experienced, a fiercely astute lawyer, hard working and client conscious” and she “has encyclopaedic knowledge of anti-money laundering and sanctions laws.”

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 US, EU and UK sanctions. She has been a member of the Law Society’s EU Committee since 2011 and has given evidence in Parliament on EU criminal law and criminal justice cooperation matters. 

Anna co-edits The Guide to Sanctions, published by the Global Investigations Review (currently in its fourth edition) and co-wrote the chapter 'Representing Designated Persons: A UK Lawyer’s Perspective' with Alistair Jones. She holds a doctorate in anti-money laundering regulation.

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)20 7822 7751
Case examples


Provided expert evidence on UK sanctions law in support of legal proceedings in New Zealand, Targa Capital Limited v Westpac New Zealand Ltd [2023] NZHC 230

Represents designated persons in sanctions challenges in the UK, EU, Australia and Canada.

Anna successfully represented a UK-sanctioned individual in a ministerial review resulting in the individual being removed from the UK sanctions list.

She has also successfully represented EU-sanctioned individual in annulment proceedings brought in the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union, in Sabra v Council (Case T-249/20).

Represents interested parties in applications for seizure of frozen assets in proceedings worldwide and related sanctions compliance advice

Successfully resisted cash and listed items forfeiture applications based on suspected sanctions breaches

Advises and assists multinational corporations with the submission of financial sanctions and trade sanctions licence applications and related compliance advice including the design and implementation of internal policies and procedures

Advises and represents entities in connection with internal and external investigations into suspected financial and trade sanctions and export control breaches and related money laundering offences, including compliance with reporting obligations

Financial crime

Successfully resisted account freezing orders based on alleged umbrella company fraud

Successfully resisted UK mutual legal assistance request related to high-profile multinational fraud investigations and prosecutions

Represents witnesses in ongoing Serious Fraud Office investigations into alleged overseas bribery and corruption and related money laundering

Represents high-profile individuals and corporates challenging bank account freezes and closures based on financial crime risk assessments

Advises on the exercise of data subject rights under data protection law in relation to criminal offence data

Sanctions Practitioners’ Group (SPG)
Fraud Lawyers’ Association (FLA)
Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)
Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum (DELF)