Areas of expertise

Anna specialises in business crime, general crime and extradition. She has considerable experience of representing individuals accused of bribery, corruption, money laundering, false accounting and fraud offences, and has advised on numerous domestic and cross-border investigations brought by the Serious Fraud Office, National Crime Agency and Crown Prosecution Service. Anna has negotiated with the SFO and other prosecutors on behalf of defendants under The Attorney General’s Guidelines on Plea Discussions in Cases of Serious or Complex Fraud and agreements under sections 71-75 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, and has advised witnesses facing interview under the SFO’s compulsory section 2 powers and companies served with section 2 and disclosure notices.

Anna also has extensive experience of advising in relation to international law matters and complex extradition cases, as well as regulatory and criminal matters under investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority, such as misleading the market and insider dealing. Anna has also advised and represented individuals in a number of complex and lengthy asset forfeiture, cash seizure, restraint and confiscation matters. She also has experience of advising on matters involving the US Department of Justice, advising both witnesses and those whose extradition is sought for prosecution, and challenging Interpol red notices.

As well as business crime, Anna also has years of experience of advising in the police station and in relation to Magistrates’ and Crown Court trials, including representing individuals facing prosecution for sexual offences including rape, sexual assault and historic offences, offences against the person involving serious violence and public order offences, drug supply offences, causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving, perverting the course of justice and misconduct in a public office.

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Recent work

  • Advising suspects and witnesses in relation to a number of SFO investigations into bribery and corruption, including investigations into Quindell, Unaoil, GSK, Rolls Royce, and ENRC.
  • Advising suspects in NCA/CPS prosecutions for fraud by abuse of position, fraudulent trading and money laundering.
  • Acting for an executive of a household name company in connection with a major police investigation.
  • Advising a high profile individual under investigation for historic sex offences. No further action was taken following detailed representations to the CPS.
  • Advising clients (including youths) at the police station and beyond in relation to allegations of sexual offences, the majority involving successful representations to the CPS for no prosecution to be pursued. Successfully defended a professional footballer accused of sexual assault of a minor.
  • Acting for a high profile individual acquitted of causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving.
  • Acting for two clients in the SFO/FCA EURIBOR investigations.
  • Acting for senior executive in SFO overseas corruption prosecution relating to Bahrain.
  • Acting for several individuals in extradition matters involving the United States, France, Hong Kong, Peru and Algeria.
  • Advising journalists and in-house lawyers in relation to police investigations.

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Career

Anna joined Corker Binning in 2010, having previously worked as a duty solicitor at Wilsons Solicitors. She has a Bachelor of Laws from University College London and a Master’s degree in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex.

Anna is a member of the Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum, Fraud Lawyers’ Association, JUSTICE, and Women in Criminal Law. She sat on the JUSTICE Working Party on Prosecuting Sexual Offences in 2018-2019. She is the former Treasurer of the Extradition Lawyers’ Association.

Anna also presented a webinar for LexisNexis on Bribery & Corruption and spoke at the Thomson Reuters Managing Risk Conference on sanctions. She also contributed to JUSTICE’s Working Party report on “Prosecuting Sexual Offences”.

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News and Posts


The scope of “reasonable excuse” part II: when can a person lawfully refuse to answer questions in a compelled interview in a criminal investigation?

The scope of “reasonable excuse”: when can a person lawfully withhold documents on receipt of a compulsory production notice in a criminal investigation?

Failure to prevent economic crime

Anna Rothwell comments on the Duke of York

Could Prince Andrew be extradited to the US on sex trafficking charges?

Claire Cross and Anna Rothwell write for The Times

Prosecution, deterrence and prevention of sex offences in the digital age

Anna Rothwell examines the failure to report money laundering and sanctions breaches in CrimeLine and Thomson Reuters Accelus

Getting tough on reporting money laundering and sanctions breaches

Anna Rothwell examines financial sanctions regulations in Compliance Monitor

New regulations tighten financial sanctions’ grip

Anna Rothwell discusses developments in sanctions enforcement in CrimeLine

Developments in sanctions enforcement: legal professionals must be wary of committing a new criminal offence

“What’s in a name?”: The implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in PNM v Times Newspapers for those named by the SFO as “unindicted co-conspirators”

Mobile phones: a cause for legal and ethical concern

HMRC proposing to introduce strict liability offence for tax evasion

New offences proposed for the market abuse of the wholesale gas and electricity markets

Anna Rothwell published in Law Society Gazette re new energy offences

Important changes to extradition law

IBA Conference on “Lawyers in the fight against corruption – views from the frontline”