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.

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.

  • R v Barton & Booth: clarifying the criminal test for dishonesty
  • Sentencing Environmental Offences
  • The Dublin Convention and Asylum
  • Single Parents and Surrogacy: An Argument for the Reform of HFEA 2008 (Highly Commended in the Bar Council Law Reform Essay Competition 2016)
  • 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:
  • Finalist - Women In Law Awards, Rising Star Barrister/Advocate of the Year (2020)
  • Pegasus Scholar (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)
  • CPS General Crime Panel, Grade 2
  • CPS Proceeds of Crime, Fraud and Serious Crime Specialist Panels, Grade 2
  • Government Legal Department Junior Scheme
Professional memberships:
  • Criminal Bar 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. Through the GLD Junior Junior Panel, Libby has been instructed 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 and Social Work England in cases involving sexual misconduct, dishonesty, alcohol misuse, and allegations of professional failings leading to serious harm.

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 has previously been instructed on behalf of the Insolvency Service and the Civil Aviation Authority. 


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. 


Instructed through the GLD Junior Junior Panel, Libby has been involved in teams representing the Ministry of Defence and the National Probation Service, including Article 2 and Regulation 28 cases.

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 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

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

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

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.


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.

Life Sentences: Whole-Life Orders.

Libby Anderson


Libby Anderson secures GBH acquittal at retrial.

Libby Anderson


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

Libby Anderson


Libby Anderson successfully represents Registrant at the HCPC.

Libby Anderson


Libby succeeds in sensitive case

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

Claire Robinson


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

Libby Anderson


Crucible counsel secure suspended sentence for Class A drug trafficker.

Ben Rowe


Libby Anderson secures serious assault acquittal.

Libby Anderson


Modern Slavery - NRM evidence in drug trafficking cases.

Alexandra Monaghan


The evolution of Modern Slavery defences

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Analysis: Possession of Drugs for Medical Reasons.

Alexandra Monaghan


The Sentencing Act 2020.

Clea Topolski


Libby Anderson and Clea Topolski consider the new Sentencing Code

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