Anna Pope

Anna Pope

Year of Call: 2007

Anna is on the CPS Specialist Panel of the Serious Crime Group at level 4, is a Category 4 Prosecutor and is a member of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences panel.

Anna regularly prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court across all criminal offences including murder, serious sexual offences and regulatory matters.

Criminal:

  • Particular interest in serious sexual offences, particularly cases involving vulnerable witnesses. Experience of s28 procedure.
  • Experience in defending vulnerable clients including individuals with mental health difficulties.

Regulatory:

  • Regularly instructed by Local Authorities to prosecute regulatory offences, including advising pre-charge.
  • Instructed in both criminal and judicial review proceedings involving a Local Authority as interested party.

Recent Cases:

Murder

    • R v CW [2019] – Prosecution – led by Michael Jones QC. Sentence of 23 years.
    • R v JC [2018] –Prosecution – led by David Elias QC. Sentence of 31 years.
    • R v JD [2017] – Prosecution – led by Andrew Thomas QC. Sentence of 30 years.
    • Others include R v AW and others [2013] (prosecution – led by Simon Medland QC) and R v DJ [2012] (defence of double murder, led by Elwen Evans QC)

Regulatory

  • CWAC v X [2019] – Instructed as led junior counsel in National Trading Standards investigation, involving both criminal and civil hearings before Crown Court, High Court and Administrative Court. Case ongoing.
  • CWAC v P [2019] – currently instructed in case involving rogue traders.
  • CWAC v MA [2019] – prosecution for breaches of food safety regulations.
  • CWAC v AM [2018] – fraudulent trading and counterfeit jewellery prosecution.
  • CWAC v TK and others [2016]: Led by Andrew Thomas QC prosecuting rogue landlords on behalf of Trading Standards.

 Sexual offences

  • R v AD [2019] – prosecuted father for historic sex offences against family members. Sentence of 24 years after trial.
  • R v MP [2019] – prosecuted female for historic sex offences against 3 year old.
  • R v GH [2019] – prosecuted male for inciting prostitution.
  • R v FC [2018] – defended male for alleged historic sex offences. Acquitted after trial.
  • R v DD [2018] – defended artist charged with disclosing private sexual photographs, as part of his portfolio. Crown offered no evidence following extensive legal argument.

Violence / drugs / fraud

  • R v G, S, S [2019] – currently instructed as led junior in kidnap, robbery and firearms case, involving extensive cell site and telephone evidence.
  • R v B, M and P [2019] – prosecution of conspiracy to burgle over 35 dwellings
  • R v TE & ors [2019] – sole junior prosecuting 10 defendants for conspiracy to burgle.
  • R v B, E, G [2019] – prosecution of 3 males for violent robbery of 88 year old lady in home.
  • R v A & ors [2018] – prosecution of 5 males for conspiracy to defraud.

Immigration

  • Attend and manage monthly Pro Bono Immigration Clinic at Chester Citizens Advice Bureau assisting those with immigration/ asylum matters.
  • Pro bono work with a number of national charities supporting refugees and asylum seekers. Work has included:
    • Permission and substantive judicial review hearings at the Administrative Court on behalf of asylum seekers.
    • Telephone applications for emergency injunctions preventing deportation of failed asylum seekers whilst outstanding judicial review proceedings not finalised.
    • Applications on behalf of EU nationals for settled status in UK.

Education:

  • Graduate LLB (Hons) Law – Nottingham Law School. GDL and BVC.
  • MA(Cantab) Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Spanish) Christ’s College, Cambridge University
  • Merchant Taylors School for Girls, Crosby

Other Qualifications and Accreditations:

  • Direct Access qualified.
  • Approved facilitator for Northern/Wales and Chester circuits for vulnerable witness training.
  • National Volunteering England Gold Award; introduction of clinic for law students to work with refugees and asylum seekers.

Memberships and Associations:

  • Member of Bar Pro Bono Unit and Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

Languages:

  • Fluent in French and Spanish. Conversational Catalan and Italian.