Anne Faul


Anne is a criminal defence specialist who is frequently instructed as leading or junior counsel. She has interests in human rights and fraud.

Background and Expertise

Anne has appeared as leading counsel in numerous high-profile cases involving serious allegations of fraud, corporate manslaughter, and serious historical sexual cases.

Her cases include one of the most complex terrorism defence cases of the last ten years; the 21/7 London bomb plot. She successfully appealed the case to the ECHR, and the decision is now the leading European authority on assessing whether a restriction on access to a lawyer is compatible with the right to a fair trial under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Read more about background and expertise

She is a highly experienced and skilled advocate, well used to presenting complex legal arguments before the Court of Appeal and the European Court of Human Rights.

Anne also has particular expertise in cases involving vulnerable witnesses, including children and the elderly, and in representing corporations in highly sensitive criminal and civil proceedings, and in proceedings for the confiscation of property.

She has extensive experience conducting appeals and judicial reviews.

As a former radiographer, Anne has a keen interest in regulatory work and clinical negligence. She is an approved counsel for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and has conducted cases on their behalf. She has advised on medical negligence cases and related medico-legal work.

She successfully passed the Irish Bar Exams – and was admitted to King’s Inns, Dublin and called to the Irish Bar in July 2017.

Notable cases

R v IA, 2015–16

Successful appeal to the ECHR of one of the most complex terrorism defence cases of the last ten years, the 21/7 London bomb plot. The Grand Chamber of the ECHR found there had been a breach of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Please see link. See Criminal Law Week (16/34/2) and articles in the Guardian and the Independent.

R v T, 2016

As leading counsel, secured acquittal in a gross negligence manslaughter case arising from restraint by security staff at a nightclub. Case involved complex medical evidence as to cause of death and consideration of law of negligence. Central Criminal Court.

See BBC article.

Read more Notable cases

R v H, 2016
Secured the only acquittal in a multi-handed historical rape case spanning three decades. Woolwich Crown Court.
R v C, 2011
Historical cold-case rape involving a voire dire in respect of the interpretation of LCN DNA evidence and an interlocutory appeal to the Court of Appeal. This complex case is now a leading authority on the use and interpretation of LCN DNA.
R v P, 2015
Serious drugs conspiracy concerning the supply of 22kg of Class A (cocaine). Heard at Southwark Crown Court

Fraud & Financial Crime

R v S-B, 2012
Represented principal defendant in case involving a sophisticated operation to mass produce counterfeit discs containing film, games and music. Anne successfully argued that confiscation proceedings were time barred; confiscation proceedings were discontinued. Luton Crown Court.
R v G, 2010–11
Multi-handed case involving money laundering and mortgage fraud. Anne secured the only acquittal at trial. Luton Crown Court.
R v Pajasalu, 2006

Junior for the defence in the largest ever bank card fraud in UK and associated money laundering. Case involved 20,000+ documents and the defendant’s extradition from Estonia. Southwark Crown Court.

See BBC News and Evening Standard.

Serious sexual offences

R v L, 2014
Successfully defended in a case alleging historical sexual abuse spanning 20 years involving the defendant’s son and sister. The case also involved psychiatric evidence. Luton Crown Court.
R v M, 2014
Successfully defended in a case alleging historical sex abuse involving the defendant’s daughter and sister-in-law. Luton Crown Court.
R v G, 2013
Successfully defended man accused of attempted rape in the Olympic village during the Olympic Games. Wood Green Crown Court.

Other Activities and Interests

  • Middle Temple advocacy trainer
  • Pupil supervisor
  • Organiser of the Annual Legal Dinner for Co-Operation Ireland, a charity promoting peace in Northern Ireland. The Queen and the President of Ireland are joint patrons of the charity

PROFILE: Anne Faul

An eloquent persuasive advocate with a “Great eye for detail”. Often described as a “passionate defender” particularly adept at dealing with vulnerable defendants and witnesses

Year called



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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Road traffic

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Sexual offences

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Regulatory / Disciplinary

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Financial and Corporate law

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Corporate Offences


020 7489 2727


Middle Temple Winston Churchill Prize winner, 1996


CBA, Middle Temple, King’s Inns, Herts and Bedfordshire Bar Mess

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