Anna is a well-regarded criminal practitioner, having been involved in some of the most high-profile cases in Wales and the North West, both as a leading and led junior. She is instructed in cases of particular severity, involving sensitive and complex issues of law and evidence. Anna acts for both Prosecution and Defence.

Anna has been shortlisted for the Legal 500 Criminal Junior of the Year 2023.

Criminal
Anna has established a strong practice, based on her ability to absorb and present complex evidence together with a calm determination to advance her client’s case, when either prosecuting or defending, in the best possible way.

In her prosecution work, she is regularly instructed by CPS Complex Case Units and has worked closely with Force Major Investigation Teams to ensure that a case is thoroughly prepared and presented for trial.

In her defence work, she engages at an early stage with a client and solicitor to ensure that legal and evidential matters are fully prepared before trial.

She is particularly experienced in cases involving vulnerable individuals including children or those with severe learning difficulties, either as witnesses or clients, and works hard to ensure that they are fairly represented throughout the court process.

Immigration
Anna continues to carry out 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.
  • Work with Citizens Advice to signpost clients with immigration issues to appropriate services.

Specialist areas of practice

Recent Cases

Recently reported cases of interest include:

BIH, AWW and BIZ v Regina [2022] EWCA Crim 447

R v Hodgin (Lee) [2020] EWCA Crim 1388

Qualter and others v Crown Court at Preston [2020] LLR 165; [2019] EWHC 2563 (Admin)

Other cases of interest include:

Murder and other offences against the person

R v X [ongoing]: Led junior for prosecution of man for three counts of attempted murder.

R v JS [2023]: Prosecuted male for s20 transmission of HIV, involving complex investigation and extradition proceedings.

R v CM [2023]: Led junior for prosecution of man who murdered his partner.

R v KE [2022]: Led junior for prosecution of man who killed his grandmother.

R v TW [2020]: Led junior for prosecution of Terry Whall for crossbow murder on Anglesey. Case involved examination and presentation of complex circumstantial evidence including presentation of telematics data. Conviction after trial.

R v CW: Led junior for prosecution of man for killing friend in drink.

R v JD: Led junior for prosecution of man who committed a series of violent offences over few days, including murder.

R v DJ: Led junior for defence of man charged with murder of wife and child.

Conspiracy to kidnap 

Operation Ametrine [2022]: Leading junior for prosecution of 6 handed conspiracy to kidnap a young child from Anglesey. Defendants received a total of 77 years after trial.

Sexual offences

Operation Metz [ongoing]: Leading junior for prosecution of men involved in alleged historic sexual abuse in/around Rochdale.

R v MS and MP [2023]: Sole junior for prosecution of two men for human trafficking and sexual abuse in North Wales. Investigation involved 4 separate police forces across England and Wales. Defendants received life and extended sentences.

R v GB [2023]: Prosecution of woman posing as man to sexually assault victim.

R v JS [2023]: Prosecution of grandfather for sexual abuse. 19 years after trial.

R v EP [2021]: Defended 15 year old girl charged with serious sexual offences against a 4 year old child. Secured acquittal at close of Prosecution case.

R v DH [2020]: Prosecuted man for sexual offences against 2 family members over 20 years. Sentence of 31 years after trial.

Fraud / regulatory

R v RWL [2022]: Led junior in fraud prosecution. Investigation arose following murder of one of the victims. Defendant pleaded guilty at second retrial.

CWAC v X [2017 – 2021]: Acted as led junior in National Trading Standards investigation involving proceedings before Crown Court, High Court and Administrative Court.

Drugs

Operation Exclusive [2023]: Sole junior prosecuting multi-handed drugs operation [Chester]

Operation Chicory [2023]: Sole junior prosecuting multi-handed drugs operation [North Wales].

Operation Cobalt [2022]: Led junior on multi-handed Encrochat high scale drugs conspiracy.

Operation Saigon [2021]: Leading junior for 13 handed drugs conspiracy to import high quality cannabis from America.

Graduate LLB (Hons) Law – Nottingham Law School. GDL and BVC

MA (Cantab) Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Spanish) Christ’s College, Cambridge University

Languages: French, Spanish, Catalan, Occitan.

CPS Serious Crime Panel level 4

Member of 2023-2024 Treasury Counsel Pathway cohort

Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel

Category 4 Prosecutor

Regularly attend National CPS round table discussions in response to Government’s Violence Against Women and Girls strategy 2021 – 2024.

Provide regular training to North Wales Police Training Academy on disclosure between Family and Criminal Courts

Approved facilitator for Northern/Wales and Chester circuits for vulnerable witness training

Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Member of Bar Pro Bono Unit

Member of Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

National Volunteering England Gold Award: introduction of clinic for law students to work with refugees and asylum seekers

Registered advocacy trainer to new practitioners

Approved pupil supervisor

Board member of Legal Wales

Recorder:
Crime [2021] with authorisation to try cases involving serious sexual offences [2022]
Family [2019]

Shortlisted for Legal 500 Criminal Junior of the Year in 2022 and 2023.

Ranked as a Level 1 Leading Junior in Legal 500 for Wales and Chester:

 

2024:She is very bright, extremely hard-working, personable, and committed to her work. As an advocate she is persuasive and to-the-point. She is very thorough in her preparation of cases and overall is an excellent lawyer.’

2023:   “An outstanding advocate and a first class lawyer. She is ferociously bright and exceptionally diligent in her preparation. Juries love her down-to-earth presentation.”

2022: “Anna is an astute lawyer and a first-class advocate with a scrupulous approach to the case and a calm and unflappable manner with all concerned. An outstanding barrister.”

Ranked as a Band 3 Junior in Chambers and Partners for Wales and Chester:

2023:   “Anna Pope is a respected junior barrister with an impressive serious crime practice. She is particularly well versed in cases involving murder, kidnap and sexual offences