Anita has a broad practice in the areas of crime and regulation, competition, inquests and inquiries, public law and immigration. She has experience appearing in a range of courts and tribunals both alone and led.
Anita undertakes a wide range of work in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. She has defended a range of criminal matters including handling stolen goods, common assault, criminal damage and driving offences, and had been instructed in youth offending matters involving sensitive issues regarding SOPOs. She has also appeared in the Crown Court for sentencing and preliminary hearings in fraud matters. Anita prosecutes on behalf of the CPS, and has also advised on matters concerning fraud, financial regulation and bribery.
Anita regularly acts in judicial review claims arising from prison law, police law and immigration, in particular judicial reviews concerning re-categorisation, security classification and parole boards. She was led by Helen Mountfield QC in the Court of Appeal in BK & Anor v The Secretary of State for Justice  EWCA Civ 1259, in a challenge to the policy of strip-searching female prisoners, and by Samantha Knights in Secretary of State for the Home Department v LW (Jamaica)  EWCA Civ 369, a case concerning the application of Article 8 to foreign national offenders. She has been involved in a number of applications to the Supreme Court, and represented the Appellants in R (Shindler and Anr) v Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Anr UKSC 2016/0105, which concerned the ban on British Citizens living outside the UK or more than 15 years voting in the EU Referendum. She has been involved in the applications to the European Court of Human Rights, and has advised Amnesty International on matters including the Shell/Bodo Community Litigation and the Northern Ireland Historic Institutional Abuse Inquiry.
Anita practices in competition and telecoms. She has experience working with competition regulators having been seconded to the Office of Rail Regulation and instructed as external counsel on a number of matters. Anita was involved in BT v Ofcom 2016 CAT 3 and contributed to the recently published book “UK Competition Law: The New Framework” (OUP).
Anita regularly undertakes inquests work and is currently instructed in an inquest concerning a death in custody, and has also advised on a number of matters regarding Article 2 compliant inquests and the nature of the Article 2 investigative duty.
Prior to starting at Matrix Anita read for the Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford University (Distinction), specialising in criminal justice, comparative human rights and international law. Before joining the Bar Anita worked for the United Nations Relief Works Agency in Jerusalem, and has maintained an interest in international work throughout her legal studies. In the summer of 2013 she was a visiting fellow at the Chakrabarti Habi School of Law in Kathmandu, where she taught international humanitarian law and conducted research into transitional constitutionalism. At Oxford she assisted Oxford Pro Bono Publico in researching on a report on Burundian refugee rights in Tanzania.
Anita has had articles published in The Times, The Guardian and Legal Week, on the topics of professional training, legal education and the law of joint enterprise. She was previously an editor of the UKSC blog and is a contributor to the EUtopia law blog on the topics of extradition, fair trial rights and immigration.
Anita accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.