Anita Clifford


Anita Clifford

Senior Associate | Pupil Barrister

Contact details:

Telephone + 44 (0)203 709 9472

Anita Clifford is a dual-qualified English barrister and Australian solicitor practising in London and specialising in cases involving fraud, asset freezing, confiscation and forfeiture, money laundering and economic sanctions. She accepts instructions in civil and criminal courts as well as regulatory and disciplinary tribunals.

Initially qualifying as a solicitor in 2011, she is presently completing the practising stage of her qualification as a barrister. Anita practised as a solicitor in Australia until she moved to London in 2014. In London, she has worked as a lawyer in private practice. Her broad experience has included criminal defence, private prosecution and police powers and investigative strategies. In Australia, Anita frequently appeared as an advocate in court on behalf of the defence and for the police. Since joining Bright Line Law, Anita has worked closely with its Lead Counsel on a wide variety of financial crime and corporate crime cases.

Her recent experience has included work on –

  • a high-value fraud and money laundering claim in an international commercial court on behalf of the claimant;
  • a Part 5 civil recovery claim in the High Court on behalf of the defendant;
  • application of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 and the reporting obligations under Part 7 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 on behalf of persons and companies working in the regulated sector;
  • complex money laundering cases where advice has been sought on the sufficiency of evidence for prosecution in England & Wales.

Anita is developing a practice as an advocate and, in terms of advisory work, she is accomplished at analysing complex legal issues and distilling the implications for individuals and corporates. Her communication style is sensitive and clear.

She contributes to The White Collar Crime Centre. She speaks regularly on white collar crime issues and publishes articles in her specialist areas. Anita has an interest in access to justice issues and volunteered for several years at a community legal centre.  

Immediately after her undergraduate study, Anita was an Associate (Judicial Assistant) to a senior judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland.


  • BA (French / International Relations), The University of Queensland
  • LLB (First Class Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Grad. Dip of Legal Practice, The Australian National University
  • LLM (Distinction), London School of Economics


  • Lionel Murphy Scholar (Australia)
  • LSE Graduate
  • Commonwealth scholarship


  • Suspicions, Privacy & Money Laundering, New Law Journal (2017, co-author)
  • Privacy and the New Arrangements for Money Laundering Information Sharing, Money Laundering Bulletin (2017)
  • Data breach as a boardroom issue? IRMS Bulletin (2017, co-author)
  • Criminal Forms of High Frequency Trading on the Financial Markets, Law and Financial Markets Review (2015, co-author)


  • Inner Temple
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Female Fraud Forum
  • Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association

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