Anita Clifford


Anita Clifford

Senior Associate

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Telephone + 44 (0)203 709 9472

Anita Clifford is a Senior Associate at Bright Line Law.

Anita is a criminal lawyer with over five years' PQE experience in Australia and London. After beginning her career as a Judge’s Associate in the Supreme Court of Queensland, Anita was employed at a leading firm of Brisbane criminal defence lawyers then known as Boe Williams. Seeking to broaden her experience, she also worked as a government lawyer for the Australian police focusing on police responsibilities and major criminal investigations. Before joining Bright Line Law, Anita was a foreign qualified lawyer at a firm of criminal solicitors in London, where she worked on large fraud matters. Anita specialises in financial crime, particularly cases involving fraud, corruption, money laundering and financial sanctions. During her professional experience, Anita has been involved in corporate investigations in the United Kingdom, assisted in serious criminal litigation cases both in London and Australia, provided support in complex disclosure exercises, prepared witness statements, and advised on sufficiency of evidence and points of law. Anita is particularly well-placed to advise Asia/Pacific clients on compliance with UK and Australian financial services regulation and anti-bribery, anti-tax evasion and anti-money laundering requirements.

Anita holds a BA and LLB (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland, a LLM (Distinction) from the London School of Economics, and is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. She was awarded a prestigious Lionel Murphy Scholarship and LSE Graduate Scholarship to support her postgraduate studies in London. During her time at LSE, Anita worked with Jonathan Fisher QC and co-authored a paper on criminal forms of high frequency trading which has been published in a peer-reviewed journal. She retains her practising certificate in Australia and, having been Called to the English Bar in 2017, is presently completing a period of reduced pupillage to obtain rights of audience in England & Wales.

Anita contributes to the work of The White Collar Crime Centre, which is overseen by Bright Line Law, and is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association, Female Fraud Forum, Liberty and Howard League for Penal Reform.


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