Anna Ling

Year of Call: 2012


2009 LLM in Public International Law (distinction in International Criminal Law), UCL

1998 Juris Doctor Degree, University of Arizona, USA

1995 BA Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, USA

Areas of work:

Anna is an experienced criminal trial counsel having practised internationally for several years prior to moving to the UK.  Prior to transferring to the Bar, Anna also worked as a solicitor for leading firms specialising in white collar, fraud and bribery offences. She played an integral part of the defence team for one of the largest SFO prosecutions at the time. 

She is quickly developing a practice well beyond her call.  Anna defends her clients with passion and intelligence, placing the utmost importance on client care and advice.  She has experience of dealing with general crime matters including dishonesty offences, violence, sexual offences, drugs and firearms matters.  Anna’s most recent instructions include matters involving sexual assault and frauds in excess of £150,000.

Anna is also a level 2 panel advocate and is regularly instructed by the CPS.  She prosecutes on behalf of the London Probation Trust and DVLA. 

Notable criminal cases in the UK (defending):

R v W – unanimous jury acquittal of breach of restraining order which involved the careful cross-examination of two young prosecution witnesses

R v A - acquittal of handling stolen goods where defendant did not give evidence at trial

R v N – successful submission of no case to answer for shoplifting offence

R v A – acquittal of assault charges involving allegation of using a knife to threaten the complainant and her brother

Notable criminal cases in the USA (defending):

Nevada v Tabish [led junior] - acquittal of murder charge following reversal of conviction on appeal regarding the death of casino owner Ted Binion in Las Vegas

US v Anderson [led junior] - negotiated settlement dismissing 40 of 42 counts regarding BALCO steroids case

California v Keading - enhancement allegation dismissed re alleged 7-8 pounds of methamphetamine

US v Nagi - dismissal of federal drugs charges as a result of a breach of due process


Road Traffic

Anna is regularly instructed by specialist road traffic solicitors.  She has a growing privately funded practice across a broad spectrum of road traffic matters and is well versed with penalty points and disqualification issues.

She has also prosecuted for the specialist traffic division of the CPS. As a result, she can offer well-informed advice both on the prospects of a successful defence and the best strategy for preparing for a trial.


Regulatory/Professional Discipline

Anna has developed an extensive practice in regulatory law following completion of her secondment with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).  She represented the NMC in a wide range of hearings involving abuse of patients, sexual misconduct, dishonesty and clinical failings.  She has developed vast experience of fitness to practice substantive hearings, interim order hearings and interim/substantive order reviews.  As a result, she is accustomed with handling expert and vulnerable witnesses. 

Anna regularly accepts instructions on behalf of regulatory authorities to appear before fitness to practise panels and is able to advise on all relevant issues both pre- and post- hearing.

International Criminal Law

Anna has a specialist interest in international criminal law.  She has assisted a defence team at the ICTY in the first ever re-trial at the tribunal following a successful prosecution appeal against acquittals.  Anna was also a project consultant for a Rwandan capacity building project to train domestic practitioners on investigating and prosecuting genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, including cases transferred to the domestic courts by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) or persons extradited from other jurisdictions.  Given her breadth of criminal advocacy experience and knowledge, she is currently on the International Criminal Court’s List of Assistants to Counsel.


Professional memberships include the Criminal Bar Association and the California State Bar. 


Miss Anna Ling is regulated by the Bar Standards Board, holds a current practising certificate and her details can be found on the BSB’s Barrister Register'-register/

Miss Anna Ling holds insurance cover for all legal services supplied through professional indemnity insurance with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) The coverage is worldwide subject to their terms which are available on their website

Miss Anna Ling is registered with the Information Commissioners office under the Data Protection Act

If you are not satisfied with the service that Miss Anna Ling provides you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on Chambers Complaints Procedure is available on Chambers website

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from Chambers you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman (This must be done within the time limits set out) The contact details can be found on the Legal Ombudsman’s website   


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