Called to the Bar:1993

Silk:2010

  • A silk sought out for her superb judgement, forceful advocacy and strategic advice. Anne Whyte QC joined Chambers in 2019.

    Crime

    Anne is instructed in a wide range of serious crime including terrorism, homicide, drugs conspiracies, gangland killings, sexual offending (including non-recent crimes) and health and safety prosecutions. She is very experienced at dealing with vulnerable witnesses of all ages. Trusted by judges and juries, she handles complex and challenging cases with consistent calm and skill. She sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division including the Administrative Court.

    Public Law

    Anne has a long and established practice in administrative law especially claims relating to aspects of criminal law. Anne acts for various police forces and is well regarded for her police law practice which covers public inquiries, inquests, judicial reviews, civil actions against the police, disciplinary and human rights issues.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2019: Police Law: Mainly Defendant - All Circuits – Band 3

    Legal 500 2019: Crime – Band 1

    ‘She has really good judgement. She's forceful when needed and stands her corner for the force.’ ‘Provides consistently exceptional advice and advocacy and has demonstrated her fantastic ability throughout complex cases.’ Chambers UK Police Law (2019)

    ‘Her practice includes terrorism and sexual offences cases.’ Legal 500 Crime (2019)

    Education

    Oxford University BA (Hons)
    Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Vocational Course

    Appointments

    Deputy High Court Judge: 2016

    Professional Memberships

    Criminal Bar Association
    Professional Negligence Bar Association
    Personal Injury Bar Association

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    Recent Cases

    • Anne Whyte QC successfully defends solicitor against allegations of theft made by former employer.Nathan Horsley was unanimously acquitted following a 3 week trial, at Newcastle Crown Court. Mr Horsley was alleged to have misappropriated cash handed to hi...

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    • Anne Whyte QC successfully defends HSE prosecution after a trial at Worcester Crown Court.On 3 December 2019, a jury acquitted Company ‘S’, one of the largest employers in Herefordshire, of an allegation under section 2 of the Health and Safet...

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  • An outstanding advocate with a fantastic track-record across the full range of serious crime. Anne Whyte QC joined Chambers in 2019.

    Overview

    Anne has extensive experience of complex criminal trials and appeals. She is regularly instructed to prosecute serious crime, including terrorism, homicide, drugs conspiracies and sexual offending. She has lengthy experience of defending including health and safety prosecutions and those charged with sexual offences. She is highly respected for her advocacy and her grasp of detail.

    Experience

    Anne prosecutes and defends and is instructed in a wide range of serious crime both at first instance and in the Court of Appeal. She sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division.

    Anne is instructed to prosecute offences under the terrorism legislation. Such instructions regularly relate to the prosecution of defendants accused of attack planning include the prosecution of two defendants accused of planning to manufacture explosives for the purpose of an IS inspired attack, prosecution of a male and female for planning to manufacture TATP explosive, prosecution of two men for planning to launch an explosive device from an adapted drone and to conduct a “Lee Rigby” style attack on military/police personnel and for offences of failing to disclose information likely to prevent such an attack.

    Anne has always dealt with homicide cases including domestic violence killings, murders committed inside and immediately outside prisons, street murders and gangland killings. She was junior counsel in the prosecution of Sean Mercer who murdered the Liverpool school boy Rhys Jones and prosecuted several members of the gangs involved in that killing, for associated gun conspiracies and assisting offenders. As a result she has long experience of dealing with and questioning witnesses who require special measures including children and young people. She regularly deals with young witnesses to serious violent crime as well as victims.

    Anne often acts for victims and defendants in trials of sexual offences and has extensive experience of non-recent cases. She prosecuted the Coronation Street actor William Roache and has conducted several cases involving the prosecution of staff including teachers and carers at a variety of private and state-run institutions.  She is regularly involved in cases which involve serious and prolonged offending by those in authority within institutions and those in positions of trust.

    She has successfully prosecuted and defended health and safety cases, acting on behalf of private companies and state organisations.

    The breadth of her practice means that she is highly experienced in the handling of complex cases, sensitive disclosure processes, vulnerable witnesses and expert evidence.

    Notable Cases

    Operation Sapient
    Preparation of Acts of Terrorism - prosecution of two Kurdish men for researching and testing rudimentary explosive devices with a view to attack planning.

    Operation Thronewald
    Preparation of Acts of Terrorism - prosecution of two men accused of drone attack planning and of planning to attack military personnel with bladed instruments.

    Operation Decan
    Preparation of Acts of Terrorism - responding to appeals (having prosecuted at first instance) brought by two defendants convicted of attack planning in UK.

    Operation Octant
    Historic sexual offences dating from 1970s to early 1990s by care worker at string of homes in North West.

    Operation Tweed
    Prosecution of teachers for historic offences of assault and child cruelty against children in care.

    R v L
    Prosecution of a mother for the killing of her infant son.

    R v Smart
    Prosecution of recently released prisoner for murder of his partner.

    R v Michael
    Prosecution of serving inmate in HMP Altcourse for murder of another prisoner.

    Operation Brume
    CT Prosecution of Muslim revert for firearms offences in context of attempting to remove his children, who were in care, from the West to a Muslim Country.

    Operation Chrome
    Moss Side gangland killing. Prosecution for murder, Assisting an Offender and Encouraging an Offence (Serious Crime Act 2007).

    Operation Producted
    Prosecution of two defendants for Dissemination of Terrorist publications and Preparation of Acts of Terrorism leading to appeal in R v Humza Ali [2018] 1 WLR 6105 concerning definition of "terrorist publication" and interplay between Article 10 and section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

    R v Roache
    Prosecution of Coronation Street actor, William Roache for alleged rape and indecent assaults committed in 1960's.

    R v Kahar
    Prosecution of Preparation of Acts of Terrorism (travel to Syria), funding and inviting support for terrorism and dissemination of terrorist material - leading in part to landmark sentencing appeal of R v Kahar & others [2016] 1 WLR 3156.

    R v Mercer & others
    Prosecution (junior counsel) of murder of schoolboy Rhys Jones in Liverpool and of those charged with assisting an offender.

    Reviews

    Legal 500 2019: Crime – Band 1

    ‘Her practice includes terrorism and sexual offences cases.’ Legal 500 Crime (2019)

    Recent Cases

    • Anne Whyte QC successfully defends solicitor against allegations of theft made by former employer.Nathan Horsley was unanimously acquitted following a 3 week trial, at Newcastle Crown Court. Mr Horsley was alleged to have misappropriated cash handed to hi...

    • Anne Whyte QC successfully defends HSE prosecution after a trial at Worcester Crown Court.On 3 December 2019, a jury acquitted Company ‘S’, one of the largest employers in Herefordshire, of an allegation under section 2 of the Health and Safet...

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  • Hugely experienced in both inquests and public inquiries, Anne Whyte QC is particularly highly regarded for her expertise in handling public law matters on behalf of police forces.

    Overview

    Anne regularly provides advice and advocacy in respect of administrative law, particularly in cases which engage the interface between criminal, public and civil law. 

    Experience - Public Law Challenges

    Anne has extensive experience of public law challenges, particularly those which involve overlapping criminal law issues. The work that she has conducted for police forces has regularly thrown up judicial review claims including challenges to production orders, search warrants, football match policing, categorisation of inquests, PACE custody time limits, firearms certification and jurisdictional costs issues. She is used to getting involved at an early stage of potential claims and of using her skill and industry to achieve timely identification of the real issues and where appropriate swift resolution of the litigation.

    Experience – inquisitorial proceedings

    Anne also has lengthy experience of inquisitorial proceedings, including coroners' inquests and has recently acted for the Greater Manchester Police in the Anthony Grainger Public Inquiry. She provides advice and advocacy to numerous police forces in a variety of contexts including civil actions for damages and declarations, disciplinary matters and operational issues. Previous cases include:

    • Defending a local police force in respect of High Court actions against multiple government agencies (inc SS, SIS & FCO) brought by the first member of Al-Qaeda to be convicted for directing terrorism in the UK. The claims relate to alleged complicity in unlawful arrest, arbitrary detention and torture in Pakistan.
    • Defence of civil claims brought against a local police force and other public agencies for failure to prevent various domestic violence killings (and conduct of Police at Inquests preceding same).
    • Representation of local police force at Article 2 Inquest, Judicial Review and in civil proceedings arising from the death of a suspect after use of taser during arrest.
    • Representation of local police force at Article 2 Inquest arising from suicide of a young person arrested, detailed and then released- scrutiny of Code C of the Police and Criminal Evidence 1984 ("PACE") which, at the time, allowed 17-year-olds in police custody to be treated as adults.
    • Defence of a civil claim against a local police force for false imprisonment and breach of article 5 arising from exercise of the power to detain at ports of entry under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000.
    • Representation of local police force at the Article 2 Inquest into the death of a woman who committed suicide after a jury acquitted a defendant accused of her rape and the rape of other women.
    • Defence of claim against local police force for trespass, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, assault/personal injury, malicious procurement of a search warrant arising out of execution of warrant pursuant to section 5 Terrorism Act 2000.

    Notable Cases

    Bennett v The Chief Constable of Merseyside Police [2018] EWHC 3591 (Admin)
    Defence of Merseyside Police in a Case Stated concerning recoverability of costs in cash forfeiture proceedings.

    R (on the application of Chief Executive of the Independent Police Complaints Commission) v Independent Police Complaints Commission [2016] EWHC 2993 (Admin) 
    Procedure to be adopted when IPCC wishes to quash its own report in to a serious and unexpected death.

    The Queen (on the application of the Greater Manchester Police) v Salford Magistrates Court [2011] EWHC 1578 (Admin)
    Custody time limits under PACE and warrants for further detention.

    Sultan Sher & others v (1) The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, (2) The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, (3) City of Westminster Magistrates Court, (4) Manchester magistrates Court, (5) Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWHC 1589 (Admin) 
    Legality of search warrant in terrorism investigation and procedure under Schedule 8 Terrorism Act 2000 for applications for further warrants of detention.

    Shiv Malik v (1) Manchester Crown Court (2) Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police [2008] EWHC 1362 (Admin)
    Power to order production of journalist’s material, privilege against self-incrimination, use of special advocates, human rights.

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