Anna Rothwell

Of Counsel

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BIOGRAPHY & EXPERTISE
Anna Rothwell is a senior lawyer, specialising in both business and general crime, as well as international criminal law and extradition.

She qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and joined Corker Binning in February 2010. She became Of Counsel in 2018.

 

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 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. She  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.

In addition to 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.

WORK HIGHLIGHTS
  • Advising suspects and witnesses in relation to a number of SFO investigations into bribery and corruption, including investigations into ENRC, Quindell, Unaoil, Rolls-Royce, and GSK.
  • Advising suspects in NCA/CPS prosecutions for fraud by abuse of position, fraudulent trading and money laundering.
  • Representing witnesses in several major US and UK civil fraud actions including acting in mutual assistance deposition hearings and in the Commercial Court.
  • Acting for an executive of a household name company in connection with a major ongoing police investigation.
  • Successfully represented a high-profile individual acquitted of causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving; instructed a number of experts (including from the United States) in order to establish that our client had not acted dangerously. In the face of overwhelming expert evidence, the CPS offered no evidence shortly before trial.
  • Successfully represented a high-profile individual under investigation for historic sex offences. No further action was taken following detailed representations to the CPS.
  • Advising many 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 senior executive in SFO overseas corruption prosecution relating to Bahrain.
  • Acting for individuals in extradition matters involving the Russian Federation, United States, France, Hong Kong, Peru and Algeria.
  • Advising on matters of domestic and international criminal law.
  • Advising journalists and in-house lawyers in relation to police investigations.
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 with distinction 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 contributed to JUSTICE’s Working Party report on “Prosecuting Sexual Offences”.

  • Advising suspects and witnesses in relation to a number of SFO investigations into bribery and corruption, including investigations into ENRC, Quindell, Unaoil, Rolls-Royce, and GSK.
  • Advising suspects in NCA/CPS prosecutions for fraud by abuse of position, fraudulent trading and money laundering.
  • Representing witnesses in several major US and UK civil fraud actions including acting in mutual assistance deposition hearings and in the Commercial Court.
  • Acting for an executive of a household name company in connection with a major ongoing police investigation.
  • Successfully represented a high-profile individual acquitted of causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving; instructed a number of experts (including from the United States) in order to establish that our client had not acted dangerously. In the face of overwhelming expert evidence, the CPS offered no evidence shortly before trial.
  • Successfully represented a high-profile individual under investigation for historic sex offences. No further action was taken following detailed representations to the CPS.
  • Advising many 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 senior executive in SFO overseas corruption prosecution relating to Bahrain.
  • Acting for individuals in extradition matters involving the Russian Federation, United States, France, Hong Kong, Peru and Algeria.
  • Advising on matters of domestic and international criminal law.
  • Advising journalists and in-house lawyers in relation to police investigations.