As a barrister who principally practices in criminal law, Anthony recognises that the regulatory sphere encompasses cases with considerable overlap with crime as well as cases which can only properly be considered regulatory in nature. He considers that his expertise in the criminal arena can be used to great effect in regulatory proceedings. In particular, an aptitude for incisive cross-examination can be used to great effect in matters where there are important factual disputes at the heart of the case.
Anthony accepts instructions in a broad range of matters such as trading standards prosecutions as well as other cases brought by Government agencies and local authorities in the criminal courts. Anthony has a particular interest in allegations under animal welfare, dangerous dogs and food hygiene legislation. In addition to this, Anthony accepts instructions on appeal to the Magistrates’ Court in respect of SIA and taxi licensing refusals as well as in Education Act matters. Having worked for two years as a solicitor with a Magistrates’ Court practice and for several years previously as a Court Associate to District Judges (MC), Anthony is very familiar with the Magistrates’ Court and its proceedings.
In the disciplinary field, Anthony accepts instructions in fitness to practice hearings before the NMC, HCPC, GMC and Teaching Agency (formerly GTC). Although these hearings do not have criminal sanctions and are civil in nature, often the allegations made by a regulator will be similar to or may even amount to criminal charges. The consequences of adverse findings can of course be devastating to a hard-earned career and call for expert handling. Although hearing centres for these matters are located across the country, a Birmingham base offers convenience to clients from the Midlands who may wish to have a conference with counsel ahead of proceedings.
Anthony also has experience of seeking Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPO) on behalf of police forces as well as contested confiscation and cash forfeiture hearings in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts.
Food Standards Agency v Sadiq  Sandwell Magistrates’ Court
Prosecuted the operator of a poultry slaughterhouse which was operating outside of its permitted hours and thereby killing in the absence of oversight by an official veterinarian.
National Crime Agency v Shahzad  Birmingham Magistrates’ Court
Appearing for the NCA, following a two-day hearing, secured the forfeiture of £100k of cash believed to be intended for use in criminal activity.
DPP v Four Seasons Exotic Limited  Birmingham Magistrates’ Court
Prosecuting a fruit and veg wholesaler for repeatedly failing to heed warnings concerning the quality and labelling of produce being sold.
Operation Decimal  Birmingham Magistrates’ Court
Prosecuted a family of three for VAT offences arising out of the operation of their jewellery business. Acceptable pleas entered on the first day of trial.
Ahmed v The Director of Border Force  First-Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber)
Appeared for the successful applicant to challenge the refusal to consider an out-of-time application for restoration of seized jewellery of sentimental value which was brought in through customs undeclared.
DPP v (a nurse)  Birmingham Magistrates’ Court
Defending an agency-nurse who was discovered to have stolen prescription drugs from a hospital whilst employed there. Anthony secured a financial penalty for the nurse notwithstanding sentencing guidelines arguably indicating a far more serious sentence for such a serious breach of trust.
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