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Anita Davies

Contact: anitadavies@matrixlaw.co.uk Practice Manager: paulvenables@matrixlaw.co.uk

Anita has a broad practice in the areas of crime and regulation, public law, extraditioninquests and inquiries, and competition. 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 regularly defends in a range of criminal matters including robbery, handling stolen goods, assault, and criminal damage. She is often instructed in youth offending matters involving sensitive issues such as SOPOs, multiple convictions and breaches of youth referral orders. Anita also prosecutes on behalf of the CPS, and has advised on matters concerning fraud, financial regulation and bribery. Anita has advised on referrals to the Criminal Case Review Commission in a number of cases involving complex factual and expert evidence. Anita also does regular extradition work, primarily on behalf of the CPS.

Anita regularly acts in judicial reviews and civil 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 [2015] 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)  [2016] EWCA Civ 369, a case concerning the application of Article 8 to foreign national offenders. She has been involved in a number of Supreme Court cases; she 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, Maguire v Northern Ireland Bar Council UKSC 2015/0134, which concerned the scope of Article 6 (3) and AR v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and another UKSC 2016/0144, on the correct approach of appellate courts to Article 8. She is currently instructed with Dan Squires QC in an appeal from the high court in Centre for Advice on Individual Rights in Europe v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] 4 WLR 129, concerning the scope of police powers.

Anita practices in competition and telecoms. Anita regularly advises on competition issues for businesses. She also 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, including a judicial review regarding access to the Heathrow Spur, Heathrow Airport Ltd v Office of Rail & Road [2017] EWHC 1290 (Admin). Anita has also advised the ORR as to changes to rail safety regulations arising from Brexit. Anita was involved in BT v Ofcom 2016 CAT 3 and contributed to “UK Competition Law: The New Framework” (OUP).

Anita regularly undertakes inquest work involving deaths in prisons and secure hospitals. Anita recently concluded an inquest in Derby where the jury concluded that the system for dispensing medication at HMP Foston Hall was not sufficiently robust to prevent prisoners from hoarding medication. Anita 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.

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.

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