Anna Vigars QC

Year of call: 1996 | Silk: 2017 | Head of Chambers

"She has a very considered manner, which inspires confidence in clients and the court alike. She's also very easy to work with, is always well prepared, and is extremely skilled in the courtroom."
Chambers UK 2021

Anna Anna QC

Anna is a criminal practitioner with over twenty years’ experience. She also has extensive experience of health and safety cases.

Crime

Since becoming a QC in 2017, Anna has prosecuted and defended cases involving allegations of murder, the multiple rape of children and vulnerable people, and human trafficking. She is very experienced both in leading a team dealing with the prosecution of multiple defendants and also gaining the confidence of frightened or challenging defendants facing the most serious allegations.

Before taking silk, Anna had already been instructed in a number of multi-handed prosecutions of child sexual exploitation as leading prosecution junior. She had also been instructed in cases of homicide.

Recent Cases

  • R -v- B and others – the prosecution of 14 defendants for offences including rape and exploitation of a vulnerable young woman and for their roles in the control of drugs to a Devon seaside town. Members of the group had effectively controlled the town for many years by intimidation and violence and witnesses were frightened of them. Complex questions of consent engaged in the legal arguments around the trial.
  • R –v- B – defence of a woman charged with the murder of her neighbour, an elderly man who had shown her kindness and supported her in practical terms. Her position was that she had been sexually assaulted by him.
  • R –v- G – prosecution of a 17 year old for attempted murder and rape of a 10 year old snatched on her way home from school.
  • R –v- D – prosecution of an 18 year old for obtaining a gun and ammunition over the dark web; he had intended to use them to stage a school shooting, as demonstrated by his internet activity.
  • R –v- C – defence of an asylum seeker from North Africa accused of multiple rapes of both men and women. The defendant had complex language, cultural and intellectual difficulties. Severe mental health difficulties and other vulnerabilities on the part of the complainants.
  • R –v- S, B & B – prosecution of a multi-handed murder and the sister of one defendant who had triggered the attack having been offended by the deceased and having called her brother and his friend to come to her aid.
  • R –v –L – defence of a man accused of killing his partner and destroying her body.
  • R –v- R – defence of a Brazilian man who chose to remain mute and keep his eyes closed throughout his trial, having given extensive instructions on earlier occasions.

Health & Safety

Both as a junior and in silk, Anna has prosecuted and defended indictments arising out of health and safety incidents in a wide variety of different settings.  She enjoys the combining her depth of criminal advocacy experience with the commercial realities facing defendant companies.

Recent Cases

  • HSE –v- S and S – prosecution of a firm arising out of the death of a contractor using lifting equipment hired out.
  • HSE –v- T and another – prosecution of two firms, one of them a well-known multi-national, for an incident arising out of a fall from height at a major industrial plant in South Wales.
  • CQC –v- AWP – defence of an NHS mental health trust for the fall from a roof of an inpatient.

Recommendations


Chambers UK 2021

Crime

Often instructed in heavyweight criminal cases, including those of murder and manslaughter. She boasts particular expertise in cases involving serious sexual allegations and those with significant health and safety elements. She brings confidence to cases with multiple defendants and complainants. She has experience of sensitive cases involving offences such as female genital mutilation and child sexual exploitation.

Strengths: "Anna's grasp of statute, practice direction and procedure is extraordinarily good, and she can respond really quickly on her feet." "She has a very considered manner, which inspires confidence in clients and the court alike. She's also very easy to work with, is always well prepared, and is extremely skilled in the courtroom."

 


LEGAL 500 2021

Crime (General and Fraud)

"When she speaks in the court room, she is authoritative, poignant and always on key.’

Ranked: Tier 1


LEGAL 500 2020

Crime

"Her performance in cases involving complex evidential challenges is truly impressive."


CHAMBERS UK 2019

Crime

Often instructed in heavyweight criminal cases, including those of murder and manslaughter. She boasts particular expertise in cases involving serious sexual allegations and those with significant health and safety elements. She brings confidence to cases with multiple defendants and complainants. She has experience of sensitive cases involving offences such as female genital mutilation and child sexual exploitation.

"A phenomenal silk - one of the best."

Recent work: Prosecuted in Operation Blisland, a case involving the alleged rape and exploitation of a vulnerable young woman by six different men.


LEGAL 500 2019

Crime

‘An indefatigable advocate with an engaging personal style.’


CHAMBERS UK 2018

Crime

New Silk

Often instructed in heavyweight criminal cases, including those of murder and manslaughter. She boasts particular expertise in cases involving serious sexual allegations and those with significant health and safety elements. She brings confidence to cases with multiple defendants and complainants.

Strengths: "Her attention to detail and her advocacy skills are outstanding."

Recent work: Prosecuted seven defendants for the rape and sexual abuse of young, vulnerable girls. The case involved complex issues over bad character material, vulnerabilities of complainants and evidential difficulties.

Health & Safety

New Silk

Newly appointed silk who has considerable experience of regulatory law. She both prosecutes and defends large corporate clients and individuals in significant health and safety cases.


LEGAL 500 2017

Crime

Silk

"Her practice includes homicide, violence and serious sexual offences cases."


CHAMBERS UK 2017

Crime

Leading Junior - Band 3

Often instructed in heavyweight criminal cases, including those of murder and manslaughter. She boasts a particular expertise in cases involving serious sexual allegations and those with significant health and safety elements.

Recent work: Successfully prosecuted an individual accused of murdering his landlady by pushing her down the stairs.

Health and Safety

Both prosecutes and defends large corporate clients and individuals in an array of significant health and safety cases.

She's extremely personable." "Sees the wood for the trees and presents cases in an attractive way to juries."


LEGAL 500 2016

Crime

Leading juniors

'Her advocacy is clear, concise and targeted.’  


CHAMBERS UK 2016

Crime

Leading Junior - Band 3

Her practice covers the full range of criminal offences. She is best recognised for her work in serious sexual crimes.

Strengths: "She is a very skilled and thorough advocate with a real understanding of how to enable vulnerable victims to give evidence in difficult criminal trials."

Recent work: Acted in the trial of three Polish defendants who were charged with the murder of one defendant's girlfriend.

Health & Safety

Leading Junior - Band 2

A regulatory specialist who prosecutes for public bodies and defends corporate and individual clients in a variety of health and safety cases.


LEGAL 500 2015

Crime

Leading juniors

'Able to build trust with vulnerable victims’


CHAMBERS UK 2015

Crime

Leading Junior - Band 3

Noted for her expertise in relation to serious sexual offences. She acts for both the prosecution and the defence, and is also frequently instructed on homicides and cases concerning serious violence.

Expertise: "She is down to earth and trusted by juries."

Recent work: Acted in cases involving child sexual exploitation by a group of men, familial child abuse and a multi-handed murder involving evidential complexities.

Health & Safety

Leading Junior - Band 2

Has a mixed practice that, in addition to health and safety, includes criminal and environmental cases. She is particularly commended for her advocacy skills.

Expertise: "She's a sensible advocate and highly effective." "She is highly rated in terms of her advice, approach and strategy."


LEGAL 500 2014

Crime

Leading juniors - 'A crime specialist with expertise in matters involving multiple complainants or defendants'.


CHAMBERS UK 2014

Crime

Is identified as a very pleasant and sensitive practitioner who is as impressive in her client care skills as she is in the courtroom.

Expertise: "She is a strong leading junior with great people skills and an ability to manage vast amounts of material."

Recent work: She defended a vulnerable mother with alcohol problems accused of seriously injuring her twin babies.

Health & Safety

A criminal barrister who has a strong reputation for handling regulatory crime cases. She has experience of both prosecuting and defending health and safety cases, and has acted for both companies and individuals.

Expertise: "She is a very skilled leading junior with great people skills and a talent for handling cases of considerable complexity."


LEGAL 500 2013

Other recommended individuals include Anna Vigars, who is highly recommended for serious sexual offence cases.


CHAMBERS UK 2013

Crime

Anna Vigars is "regularly praised by judges for knowing her law inside out and being very solid and reliable," say sources. She is particularly noted for her work in cases involving serious sexual offences.


LEGAL 500 2011

Anna Vigars' 'legal knowledge and advocacy skills are excellent; but it is her caring attitude and ability to relate to clients from all walks of life that sets her apart'.


LEGAL 500 2010

Anna Vigars is 'extremely good with clients, particularly the vulnerable'.

CLERK CONTACT INFORMATION

For further information and enquiries please contact:

Crime: Lucy Northeast

Health & Safety: Lucy Northeast

Appointments

  • Recorder

Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association

education

  • City University, London
  • St Edmund Hall, Oxford