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Bright Line Law


Barrister and Principal Associate


Anita Clifford is a ranked junior for Proceeds of Crime and Asset Forfeiture work. She joined Bright Line Law when it started and has a busy advocacy and advisory practice. She appears in the full range of criminal and civil courts as well as tribunals. She is regularly instructed in her own right, most recently on matters relating to money laundering, and also works closely with Lead Counsel Jonathan Fisher QC.

Anita has been in practice for ten years and originally qualified as a solicitor in Australia after a year spent as a Judge’s Associate to a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. She was called to the English Bar in 2017. She brings her experience as a criminal defence and in-house government solicitor to her practice at the Bar and has a strong anti-money laundering advisory practice.

She is a registered Part 2 practitioner in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) court and is the co-author of a book on the Criminal Finances Act 2017 with Jonathan Fisher QC.

Recent cases

  • Successful defence of respondent to account forfeiture order resulting in police withdrawal of forfeiture application day before final hearing (Luton Magistrates’ Court)
  • Successful appeal of a cash forfeiture order in the sum of circa £212,000 with costs order following eight-day hearing, in the context of money laundering and Hawala banking (Snaresbrook Crown Court, led)
  • Representation of respondent to confiscation enforcement proceedings in context of SFO corruption prosecution (Southwark Crown Court)
  • Defence of banker in a multi-handed fraud trial, securing acquittal (Inner London Crown Court, led)
  • Member of claimant legal team behind claim in the Dubai International Financial Centre Court in context of collapse of Lebanese Canadian Bank (Dubai International Financial Centre Court, ongoing)


Recent advisory cases

  • Representation of family in dealings with HMRC in the context of a COP 9 investigation
  • Advising on the application of Syrian sanctions for a company approached to provide consultancy services in relation to a proposed oil and gas investment
  • Instructed by the Council of Europe to advise on Convention rights and the illicit enrichment offence following the Ukrainian constitutional court’s ruling that offence was unconstitutional
  • Advising North London law firm on submission of a Suspicious Activity Report in the context of back-to-back property conveyances
  • Advising large Money Service Business on anti-money laundering procedures and controls in the context of HMRC supervisory query
  • Advising a super-prime central London estate agent on obligations under the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 in relation to factual scenarios specific to their business
  • Advising an East Asian law firm on anti-money laundering requirements in the context of London property transactions and Chinese capital controls
  • Advising prominent property consultancy on expanded definition of ‘tax advice’ under the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 as amended
  • Supporting lead counsel in advising companies and regulated law firms on cannabis-related business and engagement of Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • Supporting lead counsel in the preparation of expert report on ‘corruption’ red flags in the context of high-profile arbitral proceedings




The Hon. Society of the Inner Temple, Female Fraud Forum, Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association, Criminal Bar Association and South-Eastern Circuit


BA / LLB (First Class Honours), University of Queensland (2009)
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (required for admission as a solicitor in Australia), Australian National University (2011)
LLM (Distinction), London School of Economics (2015) attended as Lionel Murphy Scholar
Bar Transfer Test for experienced practitioners, BPP Law School (2017)

Admission as a solicitor in Australia (2011)
Call to the Bar of England & Wales (2017)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Anita CliffordBright Line LawAn impressive performer.