About Libby Anderson
Called in 2016.
Libby became a member of Chambers in 2017 following successful completion of pupillage.
Her practice covers all areas of general crime, corporate crime, military justice and international public law, in particular the law of armed conflict. She has defended in cases of serious violence, fraud, offences involving dishonesty, and drugs. Libby also has experience of POCA beyond her years of call. She is instructed to defend in a contested multi-handed POCA hearing in Leicester. She is due to lecture on POCA in early 2018 on the Midlands Circuit.
Libby is particularly respected for her ability to cross-examine upon memory contamination issues and Turnbull challenges. She also has experience of fitness to plead proceedings.
Libby receives regular Crown Court instructions to prosecute in cases of POCA, assault, offensive weapon, drug, and driving offences. She is instructed to prosecute a contested POCA hearing at Birmingham Crown Court in matters arising from drugs convictions.
She is part of Chambers Court Martial team. Her profile can viewed here.
She receives instructions from AFLAA to defend service personnel at court martial She is commissioned by Law Brief Publishing to write a book upon military justice which will be available in April 2018 and can be seen here.
Libby also has experience in international law, in particular the law of armed conflict. Her work with the Army Reserves has given her a practical knowledge of RIPA and the DPA. She is commissioned to write a book upon this topic which can be ordered here.
Libby has a stand alone interest in international law. She is a consultant barrister to Litigaid Law in Gibraltar. She is also on the Government Legal Department Junior Junior Scheme.
Libby is an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator having completed the mediation course with ADR Group.
Part of Chambers’ environmental crime team, she is briefed in a case involving substantial fly tipping in Birmingham.
Libby has an interest in family law. She accepts instructions in public and private children law. She has particular interest in cases where there are linked family and criminal proceedings, and cases involving alternative family structures.
She also has experience of actions against the police.
Libby accepts instructions from all sources of regulatory work including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Royal College of Nursing, the General Medical Council, the General Dental Council and all accountancy regulators.
Prior to joining chambers, Libby gained experience of social security, employment and housing law through her role as a volunteer caseworker at the Z2K Trust in Westminster, and as a Gateway Assessor at North Lancashire Citizens Advice Bureau.
“The Military Drone: Regulating the 21st Century Hunter-Killer”
“Collusion, Collaboration and Contamination: Testing the Credibility of Historic Complaints”
A Practical Guide to the Law of Military Justice – Law Brief Publishing
A Practical Guide to the Law of Armed Conflict – Law Brief Publishing
Commissioned to lecture for the Midlands Circuit, Nelson Solicitors upon:
“The Dark Web”
Education & Qualifications
ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator
BPP University Law School, LLM Professional Legal Practice, Distinction
BPP University Law School, Bar Professional Training Course, Very Competent
University of Sheffield, Graduate Diploma in Law
University of York, MA Medieval Studies, Merit
University of Bristol, BA English and Philosophy, 2.1
Scholarships & Awards
Gray’s Inn Ann Goddard Pupillage Scholarship 2017
BPP University Law School Outstanding Performance Award 2017
Highly Commended in the Bar Council Law Reform Essay Competition 2016
Gray’s Inn Birkenhead Award BPTC Scholarship 2014
Gray’s Inn Ann Ebsworth CPE/GDL Award 2013
Appointments & Memberships
Member of the Association of Military Court Advocates
Member of the South Eastern Circuit
Member of the Criminal Bar Association
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
Government Legal Department Junior Junior Scheme 2017
Libby has security clearance to DV level
Consultant barrister to Litigaid Law,Gibraltar
Experience and Instructions
R v KH [Wolverhampton Crown Court]: Defendant was sentenced for multiple offences including robbery, ABH and dangerous dogs. Dealt with issues of dangerousness and totality.
R v SS [Leicester Crown Court]: On day of trial, negotiated an acceptable basis of plea in a joint enterprise robbery of a vulnerable victim in his own home.
R v AS & ors [Leicester Crown Court]: In a 19-handed conspiracy to supply drugs, represented a defendant who was sentenced to time served.
R v SK [Woolwich Crown Court]: Persuaded the court not to activate a suspended sentence imposed for GBH following multiple breaches of the suspended sentence order.
SPA v Sig A [Colchester MCC]: Represented a soldier with a poor disciplinary record charged with disgraceful conduct of an indecent kind. The defendant received a sentence of 60 days detention. His co-defendant received 90 days.
Birmingham City Council v JD [Birmingham Crown Court]: represented defendant charged with environmental offences involving using a vehicle to deposit controlled waste.
Actions against Police
RS v Metropolitan Police [Ealing Magistrates’ Court]: Successfully argued under the Police Property Act for the return of an unlawfully seized dog.