Anna has a broad practice encompassing consumer contracts, e-commerce, advertising and pricing and financial services. She undertakes drafting and advisory work and appears in various courts and tribunals, both as a junior and as sole counsel.
Anna is consistently ranked as a leading junior in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, where she is described as having “great attention to detail” and “excellent legal acumen”. Examples of recent work include:
- Acting (led by Sam Grodzinski QC and Tamara Oppenheimer) for the CAA in a leading case on legal professional privilege: R (on the application of Jet2.com Ltd) v CAA  EWCA Civ 35
- Advising trustees of a family trust, who had provided loans to the trust’s beneficiaries, on whether they require authorisation from the FCA under FSMA.
- Advising a major supplier of CBD products on the EU’s Novel Foods Regime and the implications of Brexit.
- Representing (led by Jonathan Kirk QC) a major online auction house in a claim for judicial review in relation to the scope of the ‘public auction’ exemption in the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013
Anna has a particular interest in EU law and is often asked to advise on complex EU law issues, including the interplay between the EU’s general and sectoral consumer protection regimes. Anna spent three months at the European Commission, where she worked on cross-border consumer enforcement, and taught EU Law at the London School of Economics. She is a member of the Bar Council’s EU Law Committee.
Anna has extensive experience acting on behalf of businesses and regulators in this area. Examples of recent work include:
- advising a major e-commerce platform in relation to an investigation under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 and a host of other consumer measures;
- drafting legal submissions on behalf of an online retailer in response to a trading standards investigation under the Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008;
- advising charities and educational establishments on the applicability of consumer protection law.
Anna has significant expertise in the Primary Authority scheme. She acted as sole counsel on behalf of Newcastle City Council in a judicial review of the BIS Better Regulation Delivery Office’s endorsement of advice given to Greggs plc by Newcastle City Council: R. (Kingston upon Hull City Council) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills  EWHC 1064 (Admin)
Anna has significant experience in this sector. Examples of recent work include:
- Advising on the impact of a no-deal Brexit on organiser liability under the new Package Travel Regulations and on compensation claims under Regulation 261/2004;
- Advising on passenger use of emotional support dogs on airplanes under Regulation 1107/2006;
- Advising on proceedings under Part 8 of the Enterprise Act 2002 against a tour operator (in relation to breaches of the ATOL Regulations and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations);
- Gahan v Emirates  EWCA Civ 1530 (led by Iain MacDonald): representing the Civil Aviation Authority in the Court of Appeal.
- Jet2.com Ltd v Civil Aviation Authority  EWHC 336 (Admin);  2 WLUK 270: acting (led by Sam Grodzinski QC, Tamara Oppenheimer and Iain Macdonald) for the CAA in judicial review proceedings brought by Jet2 in relation to a CAA press release criticising the airline.
Anna advises on a wide range of advertising matters, including compliance with the CAP Code and the BIS Pricing Practices Guide. She has also been involved in drafting submissions before the Independent Reviewer of ASA Adjudications and was instructed in judicial review proceedings against the ASA.
Anna regularly acts on behalf of banks and financial institutions in interim applications and trials, particularly in the fields of insurance mis-selling and consumer credit.
She was seconded to the FCA in 2017, where she advised on the applicability of the temporary permissions regime to various aspects of the FCA Handbook.
Anna is a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Financial Services Law (Sweet & Maxwell, 2018).
Labelling – Anna has experience in labelling issues, including nutrition, allergen and origin labelling, as well as the labelling of specific products, such as alcoholic drinks and meat products. Anna is also an expert in the EU’s Novel Foods regime and regularly advises businesses on its implications for their products.
Food safety and hygiene – Anna regularly defends food businesses in prosecutions under the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations 2013 and other related legislation. She has expertise in the provision of allergen information and durability indications.
Anna is a member of the Food Law Group.
Anna has experience of general commercial disputes, including the sale and supply of goods and services, insolvency, insurance and agency disputes. Anna also has experience dealing with jurisdictional issues and is well-versed in the law of privilege. Recent cases include:
- Successfully acting for a fund management company in relation to the recovery of a loan made to a business associate of the company director.
- Representing an insurance intermediary in a High Court claim for the recovery of unpaid commission.
- Advising a private equity firm in relation to the acquisition of a portfolio (led by Stephen Neville).
- Advising a US tech company in relation to a potential claim against a competitor.
“She has great attention to detail and looks beyond the more obvious line of arguments.” Chambers & Partners 2021
“An expert on consumer law issues, and her written and oral advocacy is clear and persuasive.” Legal 500, 2021
“Anna is a rising star. She’s very experienced.” Chambers & Partners 2020
“A very able consumer lawyer” Legal 500, 2020
“Has detailed technical knowledge and adopts a client-friendly approach” Chambers & Partners 2019
“A pure consumer law expert” Legal 500, 2019
“Anna is absolutely outstanding. She is very technical with excellent legal acumen, but also very friendly and approachable. An all-round superstar.” Chambers & Partners 2018
“She knows her stuff, is very sensible and her written work is of a very high quality.” Chambers & Partners 2018
- Contributing editor, ‘The Encyclopedia of Financial Services Law’ (Sweet & Maxwell, 2018)
- Contributing editor,’Consumer and Trading Standards: Law and Practice’ (‘the Pink Book’) (LexisNexis, 2018)
- EU law editor, Miller: Product Liability and Safety Encyclopaedia (LexisNexis, 2018)
- Westlaw Insight articles: Consumer Credit: Hire and Hire Purchase Consumer Credit: Classes of Agreements; Product Liability: Energy Appliances
- Contributing editor: ‘Modern Financial Regulation’ ( Jordan, 2013)
- Case reports in the International Law Reports, Cambridge University Press (Nos. 148 and 149)
Anna is authorised to accept Direct Access instructions.
Anna is fluent in Russian and Swedish and has a working knowledge of French. Before joining Gough Square, Anna gained experience in a number of international organisations, including the United Nations, where she worked as a consultant. Before coming to the Bar, Anna also worked as a research assistant at the London School of Economics, interned at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and volunteered with internally displaced persons in Georgia.
Anna studied EU Trade Law during her LL.M at Cambridge, with particular focus on EU Consumer Law. She was awarded the Queens’ College Cambridge “College Prize” and the “Foundation Scholarship” for her LL.M results.
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