Anthony Cartin

Call - 2010
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After being called to the Bar in 2010 Anthony commenced work for a well-respected criminal defence firm in Birmingham, where he worked for the following five years. Initially working as a prison law caseworker, Anthony handled his own large caseload. This included regular appearances before District Judges sitting as Independent Adjudicators hearing criminal charges for prisoner misconduct. He also regularly appeared before the Parole Board on applications for release or progressive moves for IPP and lifer prisoners or recalled prisoners seeking re-release. Anthony also handled the litigation of two Judicial Reviews against the Ministry of Justice during this time.

Having cross-qualified as a solicitor during his time at the firm, Anthony handled a busy Magistrates’ Court practice, appearing mostly as a trial advocate in the Magistrates’ Court. This evolved to handling more Crown Court work before Anthony transferred back to the Bar and joined St Ives in 2015.

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

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

Anthony has had success in the Court of Appeal where his written submissions have been praised by the Court. In 2016, he successfully defended three separate Youth Court rape trials for young and vulnerable defendants. This required delicate but effective cross-examination of young witnesses in very sensitive cases. He has experience of intermediaries in criminal proceedings for witnesses and defendants.

Anthony has experience of handling large volumes of evidence, particularly call data which is increasingly commonplace in more sophisticated criminal cases. He has also dealt with contested confiscation proceedings in the Crown Court, fitness to plead hearings and defendants suffering from significant mental illness.

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 Thacker [2018] Birmingham Crown Court

Successfully defended to acquittal after trial in an attempted rape allegation.

R v Martin-Leon [2018] Birmingham Crown Court

Led by Zafar Ali QC to defend a 17-year old boy charged with murder.

R v Watkins [2017] Lewes Crown Court

Anthony defended one of 9 defendants in a 6-week money laundering trial following frauds and confidence tricks upon multiple elderly victims.

R v Ebanks [2017] Birmingham Crown Court

Successfully defended to acquittal after trial on a false imprisonment allegation. The complainant had vulnerabilities and alleged being kept prisoner and being regularly beaten by his former partner’s family members during a time when the pair lived with them. Unanimous acquittal in under ½ hour.

R v King [2017] Birmingham Crown Court

Defending a paranoid schizophrenic client who had been discharged from a hospital order before going on to cause life-changing facial injuries to a complete stranger in the street whilst experiencing psychotic symptoms.

R v Hoey [2017] Stafford Crown Court

Prosecuted a 2-week benefit fraud trial investigated by the DWP. The case attracted national press-interest and resulted in unanimous convictions. The prosecution was complicated by significant defence expert and medical evidence outlining long-standing medical problems that the defendant suffered from.

R v Picard and another [2017] Birmingham Crown Court

Aggravated burglary allegation where a vulnerable person with learning difficulties was attacked in his home with weapons as a result of a neighbour dispute. The case called for a delicate and careful cross-examination of the witness.

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 Woolcock and others [2016] Warwick Crown Court

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.

R v (a Youth) [2015] Birmingham Youth Court

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

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.

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CPS Advocates Panel – Level 3

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


Midland Circuit

Criminal Bar Association

The Honourable Society of Middle Temple

Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Recent Media Coverage

Anthony Cartin successfully prosecutes in assault case. To read more click here.

Anthony Cartin prosecutes Dr Christopher Ball-Nossa who was struck off the medical register after child pornography was found on his laptop.  To read more click here.

Anthony Cartin prosecutes in the case of a bouncer who has been jailed for putting a knife to a man’s throat, read more here.

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