Anita Clifford


Anita Clifford

Barrister | Principal Associate

Contact details:

Telephone + 44 (0)203 709 9472

Anita Clifford is a barrister with full rights of audience, specialising in cases involving fraud, asset freezing, confiscation and forfeiture, money laundering and economic sanctions. In addition, Anita undertakes general civil work, and welcomes instructions in cases ranging from family law to disputes involving property and possession actions. She accepts instructions in civil and criminal courts as well as regulatory and disciplinary tribunals.

Initially qualifying as a solicitor in Australia in 2011, Anita practised in Australia appearing as an advocate in court on behalf of the defence and the police. Subsequently, she moved to London and worked as a lawyer in private practice, focusing on private prosecution cases. Anita joined Bright Line Law when it was established and has worked closely with its Lead Counsel on a wide variety of financial crime and corporate crime cases in both civil and criminal jurisdictions.

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 Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 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;
  • application of economic sanctions to proposed commercial relationships and transactions;
  • complex money laundering cases where advice has been sought on the sufficiency of evidence for prosecution in England & Wales;
  • participating in international legal consultancy and professional training work on anti-money laundering and anti-bribery issues for the International Senior Lawyers Project in Albania and the Council of Europe in Eastern Partnership States;
  • a seizure of £200,000 in cash alleged to be the proceeds of crime in civil proceedings before the Crown Court; and
  • advising on the recovery of a car impounded by a loan company.

Anita is developing a practice as an advocate in the United Kingdom. In terms of advisory work, she is accomplished at analysing complex legal and factual issues and distilling the implications for individuals and corporates. Her communication style is sensitive and clear. She has been appointed to represent the Crown Prosecution Service (Grade 1) and to the Government Legal Department’s ‘Junior Junior’ scheme.

Anita contributes to The White Collar Crime Centre. She speaks regularly on anti-money laundering and 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 focused on family violence issues.

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


  • Crown Prosecution Advocate (Grade 1)
  • Government Legal Department ‘Junior Junior’ Scheme 


  • 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 (United Kingdom)
  • Commonwealth scholarship (Australia)


  • Corporate Criminal Liability in the Supply Chain: A Coherent Divergence? Criminal Law Review, (publication forthcoming, co-author)
  • 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)


  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Female Fraud Forum
  • Anglo Australasian Legal Society
  • Howard League for Penal Reform

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