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Anna Dilnot

Called 2008

Essex Court Chambers
24 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3EG
Tel +44 (0)20 7813 8000
DX 320 Chancery Lane

Anna Dilnot

Anna Dilnot has a broad commercial and commercial Chancery practice focusing on civil fraud, international arbitration and substantial multi-jurisdiction disputes.

She is a former commercial litigation solicitor, qualifying in 2002 with Stephenson Harwood and later becoming a solicitor advocate before being called to the Bar in 2008.

As well as acting as junior counsel in disputes of very substantial value, Anna often appears as sole counsel in both the High Court and arbitration and has substantial experience in applications for interim relief.

What others say

Anna is recommended in Chambers and Partners for both Commercial Dispute Resolution and Civil Fraud. Comments include: “Very intelligent and quick to get to the issues. A real fighter and someone to be trusted with serious cases", “Identified as an impressive fraud junior by both peers and solicitors", “particularly noted for her handling of multi-jurisdiction cases”, “impresses interviewees with the strength of her written work" and “Solicitors rank her very highly; she's a good lawyer and strong advocate who fits into a team and has no grandeur or pomposity".

In 2013 Anna was chosen by Chambers and Partners as one of its ten ‘Stars at the Bar’ of 5 years’ call and under.

In October 2009 Anna was chosen by Legal Week as part of its 'stars of the bar' article, as a "highly commended up and coming barrister".

Examples of recent decisions

Anna has acted for Prince Jefri Bolkiah since 2005 as both solicitor and barrister in his long running dispute with Brunei. Other recent work includes:

  • St Christopher School (Letchworth) Ltd v Schymanski [2014] EWHC 2573 (QB): During a two-week High Court trial Anna, acting as sole advocate, successfully defended the school against allegations of racial discrimination, bullying and breaches of the school’s duty of care. The school and each member of staff were fully exonerated. 
  • London Steam Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association Ltd v (1) Spain and (2) France (The Prestige) [2013] EWHC 3188 (Comm) and [2013] EWHC 2840 (Comm): Anna represents Spain and France in resisting s.66 applications to enforce negative declarations granted in Awards made against them in relation to their attempts to seek compensation for losses of over €4 billion caused by the ecological disaster arising out of the sinking of the M/T Prestige in 2002. Sovereign immunity, conflicts of laws, arbitrability, the Judgments Regulation and ss.67/72 of the Arbitration Act 1996. Currently on appeal to the Court of Appeal.
  • Chilukuri v RP Explorer Master Fund [2013] EWCA Civ 1307; [2013] EWHC 103 (Ch): Anna represented a Cayman hedge fund in a dispute concerning global depository receipts issued on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Contractual construction, proper approach to share valuation and discounted cash flow analysis.
  • Burger King Corporation v King Franchises Ltd [2013] EWHC 1761 (Comm): Anna represented Burger King in obtaining declaratory relief and mandatory final injunctions against its former Cypriot franchisee. 

  • LCIA Arbitration: Anna acted as sole advocate representing a seller of wafers for photovoltaic panels in a dispute relating to a long-term 'take or pay' contract. Obtained an Award of circa $13 million in favour of her client.

  • Independent Trustee Services Ltd-v- (1) GP Noble Trustees Ltd and Ors (2) Susan Morris [2012] 3 WLR 597: Considered rescission, breach of trust, fraudulent misrepresentation and when the 'purchaser aspect' of the bona fide purchaser defence is to be assessed. Settled on appeal to the Supreme Court. 

Areas of expertise

  • Civil fraud / asset tracing
  • Commercial litigation
  • Company law
  • Financial markets
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • International arbitration
  • Partnership
  • Professional negligence
  • Property

"Her experience and approach belie her year of call." "Her preparation is extremely thorough and she has that rare ability to thoroughly consider the material, and identify and focus quickly on the key issues." 
Fraud: Civil
"Very intelligent and quick to get to the issues. He's a real fighter and can be trusted with serious cases." "Good on her feet and gave good advice in meetings."
Commercial Dispute Resolution
“Her experience and approach belie her year of call.”
Fraud: civil
“Hardworking, clever and good on her feet.”
Commercial litigation

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