Areas of Expertise

Anthony is a specialist criminal barrister. He was called to the Bar in 2010 upon completion of the BVC. He commenced work shortly after for a well-established criminal defence firm in Birmingham, where he worked for the following five years, cross-qualifying as a solicitor in the process. In that time, Anthony gained experience representing prisoners before the Parole Board and Independent Adjudicators. Upon his admission to the roll of solicitors, Anthony acquired several years of experience in criminal defence work, predominantly as a trial advocate who was in court on a daily basis. After being awarded Higher Rights of Audience he began dealing with more Crown Court work. This led Anthony to revive his original intentions of practising at the criminal Bar and he joined St Ives in 2015.

Anthony has experience of dealing with the whole range of criminal work including:

• Rape
• Serious drugs cases
• Aggravated burglary
• Arson
• Fraud
• Robbery
• Wounding and GBH (with intent)
• Perverting the course of justice
• Dangerous driving
• Sexual assault

Anthony had a busy 2016 with a successful appearance in the Court of Appeal where his written submissions were praised by the Court. He was further instructed to defend in three separate Youth Court rape trials where he secured acquittals for each of the defendants. He rounded off the year being led by Peter Cooper in a two-month, five defendant, forty-count indictment, rape and sexual trafficking trial. Peter and Anthony’s client faced 12 allegations including six counts of rape, sexual assault, four counts of human trafficking and an attempted rape. He was acquitted on all but the two least serious offences.

Anthony is currently involved in various matters including firearms, sexual grooming and cheating the public revenue. He has experience of handling large volumes of evidence, particularly call data as well as ANPR and expert evidence.

Anthony also has experience of dealing with contested confiscation proceedings in the Crown Court, fitness to plead hearings and cases involving vulnerable witnesses and defendants.

Anthony relishes a challenge and thrives in a trial environment. Although still relatively junior he has experience of dealing with serious criminal matters and against far more senior opponents, including silks. He prides himself on being down-to-earth and approachable for both professional and lay-clients alike.

Notable Cases

R v Vincent Nixon (2016) Court of Appeal

Anthony was praised by the Court for his written submissions and secured a reduction in sentence from 5 years and 4 months to 4 years imprisonment for a number of historical sexual offences.

R v Heath (2016)

Acted for the defendant in a robbery trial, securing an acquittal from the jury.

National Crime Agency v Shahzad (2016)

Following a two day hearing, secured the forfeiture of £100k of cash believed to be intended for use in criminal activity.

R v Mackay (2016)

Secured an acquittal for a homeowner accused of assaulting a teenage trespasser by physically detaining them pending police arrival.

R v (a Youth) (2015)

Prosecuted a 12 year old defendant for the sexual touching of their 6 year old cousin.

R v Akhtar (2015)

Prosecuted a serving probation officer for assaulting a paramedic and resisting a police officer.

R v Jeremiah Ezekial Butler [2015] EWCA Crim 1425

Leave to appeal granted to argue regarding appropriate credit in ‘overwhelming’ cases and whether prosecutorial delay in charging was a mitigating feature when a defendant had already been recalled from licence.


Qualifications

CPS Advocates Panel – Level 2

College of Law Birmingham, Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent) – 2010

University of Essex, LLB (2.1) – 2005-2008

King Edward VI Five Ways, Birmingham – 1997-2004

Memberships

Midland Circuit

Criminal Bar Association

The Honourable Society of Middle Temple

Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare

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