Libby Anderson.

  • Barrister
  • Year of call 2016
Practice profile:

Libby has a busy Crown Court practice prosecuting and defending all areas of general and serious crime. She has recently acted in several cases involving gang violence, firearms, and drug conspiracies, involving evidence of drill music as evidence of gang affiliation, and expert evidence relating to cell site, drugs, and firearms. She has experience of cases involving vulnerable clients and witnesses, including cases where fitness to plead is an issue. She also appears in regulatory and extradition matters, and has appeared in actions against the police. Libby has spent time seconded to the CPS as Senior Crown Prosecutor, and frequently provides pre-charge advice to the CPS on complex frauds and serious violent crime.

Libby has particular experience of fraud, financial crime, and POCA proceedings. She has completed secondments at both the SFO and the FCA, gaining an understanding of the investigation and prosecution of large-scale frauds and money laundering enterprises. She regularly acts in cases of fraud and money laundering as led junior and junior alone. 

Libby is qualified to accept instructions from clients through the Direct Access scheme.

Qualifications:
  • Direct Access qualified
  • Vulnerable witness training completed
  • ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator
  • LLM Professional Legal Practice, BPP University Law School
  • Bar Professional Training Course, BPP University Law School
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Sheffield
  • MA Medieval Studies, University of York
  • BA (Hons) English and Philosophy, University of Bristol
Scholarships and awards:
  • Women in Law Awards, Rising Star Barrister/Advocate of the Year finalist (2020)
  • Pegasus Scholar to Crown Law Office, Wellington, New Zealand (2019)
  • Criminal Bar Association Bursary for Excellence in Advocacy (2019)
  • Ann Goddard Pupillage Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2017)
  • BPP University Law School Outstanding Performance Award (2016)
  • Bar Council Law Reform Essay Competition – Highly Commended (2016)
  • Birkenhead Award BPTC Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2015)
  • Ann Ebsworth CPE/GDL Award, Gray’s Inn (2013)
Appointments:
  • CPS General Crime Panel, Level 3
  • CPS Proceeds of Crime, Fraud and Serious Crime Specialist Panels, Level 2
  • Serious Fraud Office, C Panel Counsel – prosecution and proceeds of crime and international assistance panels
Professional memberships:
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyer's Association
  • Association of Military Court Advocates
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn 

Practice Areas:

Serious crime

Libby has a busy Crown Court practice both prosecuting and defending in cases of serious violence, drugs, driving offences, conspiracies, and offensive weapons, as led junior and junior alone. Libby has been appointed to the CPS Specialist Panel for Serious Crime. She has recently been involved in several cases involving gang violence, firearms, and drug conspiracies, involving evidence of drill music as evidence of gang affiliation, and expert evidence relating to cell site, drugs, and firearms. Libby has been instructed as disclosure counsel in a number of historic cases including the Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation and the Cyprus Colonial Litigation, both of which alleged serious criminal behaviour by British forces, and claims arising from historic abuse by prison officers at borstals in the North East of England (Op Seabrook). She has attended advocacy training at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.

Financial crime

As led junior and junior alone, Libby prosecutes and defends in cases of fraud and money laundering at every stage including pre-charge, trial, and ancillary orders including forfeiture and confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. She is currently instructed with Martin Goudie QC and Roddy James to prosecute a multi-million pound pensions fraud. Libby has been appointed to the CPS Specialist Panels for Proceeds of Crime and Fraud. Through secondments at the Financial Conduct Authority and the Serious Fraud Office, Libby has gained an understanding of the investigation and prosecution of large-scale frauds, money laundering enterprises, and insider trading.

Professional discipline

Libby has represented registrants before the NMC, HCPC, GDC and Social Work England in cases involving sexual misconduct, dishonesty, alcohol misuse, referrals from the CQC, allegations of professional failings leading to serious harm, and registration appeals.

Regulatory law

Libby has been instructed in taxi licensing appeals, and has advised on appealing refusals of the Traffic Commissioner to grant an operator’s licence. When seconded to the Financial Conduct Authority, Libby was part of a team conducting a complex investigation into directorial negligence and negligent misstatement following the collapse of a government contractor. She also acts for the Civil Aviation Authority, including the first prosecution of an airline for breach of Covid-19 regulations.

Extradition

Libby has experience defending in extradition cases. Through her role as Pegasus Scholar at the Crown Law Office in Wellington, New Zealand, Libby has advised on all aspects of inter-jurisdiction mutual assistance and extradition, and has worked closely with agencies such as INTERPOL.

Inquests

Libby represents paramedics and nurses at inquest, including Article 2 and Regulation 28 cases. Previous instructions have seen her assisting legal teams representing the Ministry of Defence and the National Probation Service at inquest.

Notable cases:

Serious crime

Drug offences and organised crime

R v W (2020)
Represented a 22 year old man of good character for plea and sentence for PWITS Class A. Negotiated an accepted basis of plea on the basis of social supply at a festival, and persuaded the court to impose a suspended sentence.

R v G (2019)
As led junior, represented the first defendant in a large-scale county lines conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Involved consideration of voluminous cell site/telephone evidence.

R v S (2019)
Represented a young man charged with PWITS Class B. The client had a degenerative health condition and had supplied cannabis only to fund his own supply, which he used to self-medicate his pain. Persuaded the court to impose a suspended sentence.

R v S & others (2017)
In a 19-handed conspiracy to supply drugs, represented a defendant who was sentenced to time served. 


Modern slavery and human trafficking

R v S & others (2020)
Represented a youth sent to the Crown Court alongside adult co-defendants. The youth was particularly vulnerable having been diagnosed with ADHD, and had a positive NRM conclusive grounds decision that found evidence of enforced criminality. Successfully applied to vacate guilty pleas to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

R v S (2020)
Represented a defendant charged with PWITS and cultivation of cannabis under threat of physical and sexual violence to herself and her daughter.


Serious violent and sexual crime

R v B (2022)
Represented a defendant facing a life sentence on the basis of dangerousness following a second conviction for s.18 wounding. Persuaded the court that although the defendant was dangerous, a life sentence was not necessary.

R v O (2022)
Represented the defendant at the first Crown Court hearing of murder proceedings.

R v P (2021)
Represented one of three members of a family charged with affray, having gone to the house of a rival family with whom there was a feud. The defence was that Mr P had only been present to act as peacekeeper. The defendant was acquitted.

R v N (2021)
Defended a young man of good character accused of causing grievous bodily harm in the course of a drunken street brawl. Following cross-examination eliciting inconsistencies in witness evidence, the defendant was acquitted after only 17 minutes.

R v A (2019)

As led junior, represented an 18 year old defendant accused of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life in the context of a gang dispute. Involved cell site and electronic tag expert evidence and interpretation of drill music videos.

R v K (2019)
Prosecuted a man for a serious assault on an intoxicated female, causing permanent scarring. The defendant was convicted after a retrial.

Valiati v DPP [2018] EWHC 2908 (Admin), [2018] WLR(D) 676)
Represented the Appellant in a successful appeal by way of case stated in which the issue was the use to which the Magistrates’ Court can put statements made in a PET form.

R v G (2018)
Represented a man for masturbating in a public lavatory and ejaculating onto a woman who was asleep in the lavatory.

R v S (2018)
On day of trial, negotiated an acceptable basis of plea in a violent joint enterprise robbery of a vulnerable victim in his own home. (Reported in Leicester Mercury)

R v E & others (2017)
Represented a youth in a multi-handed robbery trial. Involved the cross-examination of four 11 year old complainants to elicit inconsistencies and highlight the unreliability of identification evidence.

R v H (2017)
Represented defendant for multiple offences including robbery, ABH and dangerous dogs. Dealt with issues of dangerousness and totality. (Reported in Birmingham Mail

Notable financial crime cases

R v S & S (2022)
Represented a woman of previous good character who, along with her husband, had pleaded guilty to a nine-year benefit fraud, fraudulently obtaining over £120,000. Libby drafted a sentencing note and persuaded the Judge that sentence could be imposed in this case.

Project V (2020)
Instructed pre-charge with Martin Goudie QC and Roddy James in a multi-million pound pensions fraud prosecution.

R v G & others (2020)
Led junior prosecution counsel. Multi-handed conspiracy to launder money; large quantities of cash collected around the UK and intercepted at airports (Op Leadbelly).

Professional discipline and regulatory law

Professional discipline

F v GDC (2022)
Successfully appealed a refusal to allow a foreign-qualified dentist to register in the UK, arguing that he did in fact have the required knowledge and skill for the purposes of Section 15 of the Dentists Act 1984.

NMC v C (2022)
Represented a care home manager accused of multiple breaches of Regulations following a CQC inspection.

NMC v E (2022)
Represented a nurse accused of failing to administer medication and failing to keep adequate records. Following consideration of the facts and impairment, the NMC was persuaded to grant an application for voluntary removal.

HCPC v W (2021)
Represented a physiotherapist accused of failing to carry out a proper DWP examination and dishonestly completing the documentation. No facts were found proven.

NMC v C (2020)

Represented a nurse who was 3.5 times over the drink-drive limit on her way to work at a Covid-19 testing station.

HCPC v K (2019)
Represented a registrant accused of improperly accessing data and sending sexually inappropriate messages to service users. Involved delicate cross-examination of the service user, and consideration of the meaning of sexual motivation and gratification.


Regulatory law

M v DBS (2022)
Represented the Applicant seeking permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal. Drafted written submissions on the impact of DBS v AB [2021] EWCA Civ 1575.

CAA v Blue Air (2022)
Prosecuted an airline for breaches of Covid-19 regulations, in the first prosecution of its kind. The airline pleaded guilty and received a fine of £40,000. Full details here.

CAA v H (2020)
Prosecuted an aircraft operator for breaches of air navigation orders.

S v Traffic Commissioner (2020)
Advised on appeal against a refusal to grant an HGV operator’s licence.

F v Transport for London (2018)
Represented a taxi driver appealing refusal of his licence on medical grounds.

A v Disclosure and Barring Service (2017)
Representing a taxi driver seeking an enhanced DBS check for the purposes of obtaining a taxi licence, advised and prepared written representations arguing against disclosure of acquittals for sexual offences.


Inquests

Libby is currently instructed to represent a paramedic at the inquest into the death of a service user where the issue is administration of adrenaline.

Inquest touching upon the death of Hoolickin (2019)
Member of the case team acting on behalf of the National Probation Service. The deceased was murdered by a Prolific and Priority Offender who posed a serious risk of harm to the public and was subject to the provisions of the Integrated Offender Management Scheme. Article 2 ECHR was engaged.

Inquest touching upon the deaths of Cpls Neilson and Hatfield (The Castlemartin Inquest) (2018)
Part of the case team for the inquest into the deaths of two servicemen following the explosion of a Challenger 2 main battle tank, leading to a report under Regulation 28.



Libby Anderson news.

Alexandra Monaghan and Libby Anderson secure suspended sentences for husband and wife defendants.

Alexandra Monaghan

25/03/2022

Libby Anderson acts for CAA in first COVID prosecution.

Libby Anderson

24/02/2022

Crucible members promoted on CPS panels.

Laura Herbert

14/12/2021

Libby Anderson Represents Social Worker at SWE.

Libby Anderson

19/11/2021

Crucible counsel achieve affray acquittals .

Clea Topolski

22/10/2021

Life Sentences: Whole-Life Orders.

Libby Anderson

01/10/2021

Libby Anderson secures GBH acquittal at retrial.

Libby Anderson

14/09/2021

Case Update: Towuaghantse v GMC - Coroners, experts, and contested hearings.

Libby Anderson

09/08/2021

Libby Anderson successfully represents Registrant at the HCPC.

Libby Anderson

09/07/2021

Libby succeeds in sensitive case

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Regulating Healthcare Professionals - Crucible's Response to Government Consultation.

Claire Robinson

24/06/2021

Magistrates’ Court procedure: new Preparation for Effective Trial forms.

Libby Anderson

22/06/2021

Crucible counsel secure suspended sentence for Class A drug trafficker.

Ben Rowe

28/05/2021

Libby Anderson secures serious assault acquittal.

Libby Anderson

19/05/2021

Modern Slavery - NRM evidence in drug trafficking cases.

Alexandra Monaghan

01/04/2021

The evolution of Modern Slavery defences

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Analysis: Possession of Drugs for Medical Reasons.

Alexandra Monaghan

01/02/2021

The Sentencing Act 2020.

Clea Topolski

18/12/2020

Libby Anderson and Clea Topolski consider the new Sentencing Code

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