Anna Greenley

Year of Call: 2009

Anna Greenley

Year of Call: 2009

Anna Greenley

Year of Call: 2009

Anna Greenley

Anna Greenley

Year of Call: 2009

Anna accepts instructions across all of Chambers’ core practice areas with a focus on Employment, Tax (including employment-related taxation), Judicial Review, Regulatory law and Professional Negligence.

Anna has a busy Court, Tribunal and paperwork practice, taking a commercial and practical approach that is highly valued by her clients. She has particular experience of acting for clients in the financial and professional services industries and of the intersection between employment and regulatory law. She is a member of the ELA City Regulation Standing Committee. Anna is also available to conduct both employment and regulatory investigations.

She has experience of advising on matters relating to COVID-19 and the regulatory/employment issues associated with Brexit.

Before practising at the Bar, Anna had an extensive career spanning the private and public sectors, working in industries ranging from financial and professional services to energy and real estate.  Most recently, she worked as a Strategy Consultant for Deloitte advising her clients on corporate strategy, commercial contract structuring, and high value procurement exercises. Prior to this she was appointed into a Chief of Staff role for a major hedge fund as it underwent regulation by the FCA. 

Anna's ten years in the public sector saw her working in a range of senior Government roles including as Private Secretary/Chief of Staff to two Defence Ministers and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, leading negotiations at the UN and EU for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, supporting military operations in Afghanistan and three years as an advocate before the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal.

Anna has acted across a range of work under the Attorney General’s ‘Junior juniors’ scheme. She holds Developed Vetting (DV) clearance and is available to be instructed on matters up to ‘TOP SECRET’ level of security on behalf of the government.

Anna is a contributing author to Discimination Law published by Bloomsbury Professional and to Lexis PSL Insurance. 

  • Employment

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    Anna has a substantial and comprehensive employment practice appearing for employers and employees at all stages of proceedings in the tribunals and civil courts (including interim relief), in related judicial review proceedings together with professional negligence matters relating to employment disputes. She has particular experience in the financial and professional services sectors and is a member of the ELA City Regulation Standing Committee.

    Anna is availble to conduct investigations in the employment context with recent experience in the financial services (including for regulated firms), energy and FMCG sectors. 

    Anna's experience spans the full range of employment work including unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing (including applications for interim relief), equal pay, TUPE, Part-Time Worker Regulations and Business Protection and is further enhanced by her complementary experience in employment-status matters, IR35 and employment-related tax (including the taxation of termination payments).

    Anna has particular experience of “whistleblowing" cases, having assisted with the leading case of Simpson v Cantor Fitzgerald Europe UKEAT/0016/18/DA and is currently instructed in a number of ongoing and high value cases.

    She also has notable experience in Business Protection matters having supported Tom Croxford QC and Alice Mayhew in the case of Forse and others v Secarma Ltd and others [2019] EWCA Civ 215 and advising a national financial services company on the enforceability and effect of restrictive covenants on a recent leaver.

    Anna's experience as a Director and manager spans the public and private sectors across a broad range of industries which include financial services, professional services, defence, national infrastructure, energy, real estate and natural resources. As a result, she is able to bring a level of insight, commercial acumen and pragmatism much valued by her clients.

    Recent cases include:

    Successfully resisting an application for interim relief for a major luxury retailer;

    Acting for a large financial services institution in a nine respondent blacklisting and discrimination claim;

    Instructed by the Crown in a judicial review raising complex issues of employment and discrimination law;

    Instructed to advise in relation to stigma loss and remedy in a high value whistleblowing matter;

    Representing a major retail brand in respect of a claim for interim relief;

    Advising a major national organisation on the CJRS and its implication on concurrent Union negotiations;

    Acting for the Defendant in a civil breach of contract claim for arrears of annual leave allowances;

    Acting for the Claimant, the General Counsel of a multinational media company, in a high value whistleblowing claim raising complex jurisdictional and conflict of laws issues;

    Acting for the Claimant, a senior manager at a major UK newspaper, in a claim for equal pay, constructive unfair dismissal, discrimination and dismissal following a disputed TUPE transfer;

    Instructed by a large London university in a complex discrimination and breach of contract case;

    Acting for a large 5* London hotel in a constructive unfair dismissal claim;

    Acting for a large London luxury retailer in a discrimination and unfair dismissal claim;

    Advising a national property and financial services company in a wide variety of employment matters including breach of contract, negligent misstatement, unfair dismissal and injunctive proceedings;

    Investigation into whistleblowing allegations at a multinational financial services institution;

    Junior to Andrew Burns QC in a dispute over working patterns by the employees of a major airline;

    Advising on the taxation of a multi-million pound settlement.


    Anna is a contributor to the most recent edition of Discrimination Law.

    She is a member of ELBA and ELA.

  • Regulatory & Professional Discipline

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    Drawing upon her background in financial services, Anna is able to advise on the full range of conduct and remuneration issues including those related to Brexit, the SMCR and regulatory references. Further, her extensive employment practice allows her to work seamlessly across both disciplines. She is a member of the ELA City Regulation Standing Committee.

    Anna is available to carry out regulatory investigations and to provide her opinion on what a regulator’s view might be of a particular instance(s) misconduct/whether any person has acted in breach of the regulatory rules or guidance.

    Recent work includes advising a major hedge fund on the regulatory implications of bringing its European branch employees onto the UK payroll and conducting a regulatory investigation into the General Manager of a major credit union.

  • Judicial Review

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    Building on her former ten year career working across Government (MoD, Home Office and FCO), Anna has wide ranging experience of judicial review proceedings in the discrimination, employment, tax and broader public law contexts.

    Recent/current instructions include:

    •  R (On the Application Of) Harrison & Ors v Secretary of State for Justice [2020] EWHC 2096 (Admin) - acted for the Government Legal Department in successfully defending a judicial review brought by six couples who wish to marry by means of legally recognised humanist ceremonies. The Claimants asserted that the legislation governing marriage in England & Wales discriminated against them when compared with religious groups, contrary to Article 14 European Convention on Human Rights (read with Articles 9 and/or 8), and sought a declaration of incompatibility pursuant to section 4 of the Human Rights Act 1998. Permission to appeal has been granted to the Court of Appeal;
    • Instructed in relation to the judicial review of an extra-statutory concession concerning the tax credit available to a UK resident beneficiary in respect of tax paid on UK source income by non-resident trustees.

    Anna is a member of ALBA.

  • Investigations

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    Anna is available to carry out both employment and regulatory investigations with particular experience in the financial services and education sectors. Having advised Boards and Ministers in her former career, she understands the importance of an organised, thorough and practical approach.

    Recent experience includes:

    • The investigation of a senior individual subject to the SMCR who raised issues of whistleblowing and discrimination following their dismissal; 
    • A regulatory investigation into the conduct a former CEO of a financial services firm;
    • An investigation into allegations of misconduct against a senior investment professional.

    Anna is a member of the ELA City Regulation Standing Committee.

  • Tax

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    Anna welcomes instructions from both taxpayers and the Revenue and has particular experience in litigating appeals in relation to alleged tax avoidance.

    Examples of recent and current instructions include:

    • Instructed by the Crown in relation to an appeal against the denial of CGT and MI losses and associated DOTAS proceedings;
    • Instructed by the Crown in respect of a Penalty Application following a successful DOTAS application;
    • Instructed by the Crown in a high value domicile dispute;
    • Instructed by the Crown in a judicial review in relation to the exercise of a extra-statutory concession;
    • Instructed by the taxpayer in an appeal against the denial of Corporation Tax relief for Research and Development;
    • Instructed by the taxpayer in an appeal against the denial of loss relief by an LLP;
    • Instructed by the Crown in an appeal against the denial of CGT and MI losses together with associated DOTAS proceedings;
    • Instructed by the Crown in an appeal against the denial of Corporation Tax relief;
    • Assisted Aparna Nathan QC in the case of Good and Ryan v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 25;
    • Assisted Aparna Nathan QC in the Supreme Court (R (on the application of Derry) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners).


    She has also gained considerable advisory experience in tax planning, advising on the legitimacy of discovery assessments, capital allowances, inheritance tax, domicile and residency, the structuring of trusts and Business Property Relief.

    Anna is a member of the Revenue Bar Association.

  • Professional Negligence

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    Anna accepts instructions in professional negligence matters with a focus on actions against solicitors, accountants and chartered tax advisors, surveyors and medical professionals.

    She is comfortable acting both for and against the insured party and has particular experience and interest in acting in the employment, tax and construction contexts. 

    Recent instructions include advising a financial services institution on a professional negligence claim against its solicitors in respect of a commercial property transaction and against a firm of solicitors in respect of the loss opportunity to litigate a high value discrimination claim.

    Anna is a member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association.

  • Commercial Litigation and Disputes

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    Anna has a wide range of commercial litigation experience including breach of contract, injunctive proceedings and insurance. She also has experience of related judicial review proceedings in the High Court.

    In advising her clients, she is able to draw upon her extensive advisory background as a corporate and commercial strategy consultant for Deloitte and regulatory experience working for a major hedge fund to find practical and pragmatic solutions.

    Her clients particularly value her mature approach and ability to distil complex arguments into cogent submissions. 

    She is regularly instructed by major energy companies and financial institutions with instructions ranging from financial mis-selling and breach of contract to civil fraud. 

    Anna is a member of COMBAR.

  • Insurance & Reinsurance

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    Anna accepts instructions across the full range of insurance and reinsurance work including in relation to COVID-19 notifications and aggregation issues.

    She is also instructed in a range of professional negligence matters acting both for and against the insured party. 

    Recent cases include a complex advisory matter concerning a legal expenses policy, a professional negligence claim against a chartered accountant and litigation associated with a high-value insurance claim following a fatal accident at work.

    She is a contributing author for Lexi PSL Insurance and a member of BILA.


  • Education

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    Anna has particular experience of breach of contract and discrimination matters in an education context having acted for a number of higher education providers and colleges in both the Employment Tribunal and civil courts.

    For example, she was recently successful at trial in resisting a claim against a University for a failure to make reasonable adjustments during its admissions procedure and in a breach of contract claim against another University, the Claimant having discontinued proceedings after her pleaded defence was served. 

    She is currently instructed in a pregnancy discrimination case against an Academy and in a race discrimination case against a University, both in the Employment Tribunal. 

    Anna is a contributing author to the current edition of Discrimination Law published by Bloomsbury Professional.

  • Clinical Negligence

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    Anna is instructed at all stages of proceedings in clinical negligence matters.

    Recent cases and experience include advising on the progression of a claim concerning the acceleration of chronic kidney disease following a delay in diagnosis a case of GP negligence which went to trial and drafting a schedules of loss in the High Court for a claim in respect of surgical error and advising on quantum following a delay in diagnosing a severe femoral fracture by a hospital trust.

  • Personal Injury

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    Anna has a busy multi-track and fast-track court and advisory practice in personal injury matters acting for both Claimants and Defendants in the High Court and County Court.. She is particularly experienced in the intersection between employment law and personal injury including stress at work and advising on choice of forum. 

    In addition to running fast-track and multi-track trials, she has a busy paperwork practice and is regularly instructed to provide advice on both liability and quantum in addition to drafting schedules of loss in complex, often high value, cases.

    Anna is a capable negotiator drawing upon her considerable experience of negotiating deals in both the private and public sectors.