Anita Clifford


Anita Clifford

Barrister and Principal Associate

Call: 2011 (Australia); 2017 (England & Wales) 

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. Anita also undertakes general civil work, particularly involving underlying allegations of dishonesty, and family work, appearing regularly in private law children and financial matters.

Anita welcomes instructions, both led and unled, in civil and criminal courts as well as regulatory and disciplinary tribunals.

Anita started practice as a solicitor in Australia in 2011, focusing on criminal law, child protection and inquests. She regularly appeared as a defence advocate and later was a lawyer for the police assigned to intelligence-driven major organised crime investigations. She relocated after being granted a scholarship for further study in the UK and subsequently worked as a lawyer in London building high-value 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.

Anita’s recent work includes –

  • successful defence of an account forfeiture application made pursuant to Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 resulting in the application being withdrawn (Re Ch, Luton Magistrates’ Court)
  • successful representations made to a global bank on behalf of a fraud victim resulting in the full recovery of his loss
  • successful defence of one of three defendants on trial for employee bank fraud (R v C, Inner London Crown Court, led)
  • ongoing work on a high-value fraud and money laundering claim in an international commercial court as part of the claimants’ legal team
  • successful appeal of a cash forfeiture order after a ten-day hearing (Re S & N, Snaresbrook Crown Court, led)
  • application on behalf of the defendant challenging scope of ‘reasonable legal expenses’ in the context of a Part 5 Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 civil recovery claim (Re O, High Court (QB) led)
  • written advice to a range of regulated entities, particularly estate agents, accounting and law firms, on the application of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 and reporting obligations under Part 7 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • written advice on the application of Syrian sanctions to a proposed oil and gas commercial partnership
  • being instructed by the Council of Europe to advise on anti-money laundering and anti-bribery issues in Albania and the Eastern Partnership States, especially Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine

Anita is developing a busy practice as an advocate. She appears regularly in the Magistrates’ Court, Youth Court, County Court and has commenced acting for clients in the Crown Court and High Court, both led and unled. She maintains a strong advisory practice, particularly in relation to anti-money laundering and economic sanctions issues, and is accomplished at distilling the legal and practical implications for individuals and corporates. Her communication style is sensitive and clear.

Anita contributes to The White Collar Crime Centre. She speaks regularly about anti-money laundering and white collar crime and in 2018 co-authored a book on criminal finances with Jonathan Fisher QC. Anita undertakes pro bono work for individuals and NGOs and volunteered for several years at a family violence legal centre.

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



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