Tony Watkin

Call - 1998
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Business & Property

Tony was called in 1998 and has developed a strong practice in business and property litigation. He is Head of the Business and Property Team and has been consistently recognised in the directories for his performance. He has a practical approach to his cases and is known for giving excellent common-sense advice.

Tony is regularly instructed in all aspects of Business and Commercial Law in the County Court and High Court and is currently instructed on two cases in the Court of Appeal.

Recent highlights of his practice include:

  • Acting on behalf of a development company and its Managing Director in relation to a claim arising out of an alleged multi-million pound fraud alleged to have been perpetrated against them by a former employee and family member.
  • Acting on behalf of a Local Authority in a High Court claim brought against it for alleged breaches of a commercial contract with a services provider, for housing asylum seekers. Successfully arguing for parts of the case to be struck out and subsequently acting in the mediation of the case.
  • Acting for a company in the High Court to successfully obtain a pre-action freezing order against a former employee alleged to have stolen significant sums of money during the course of her employment.
  • Successfully acting for a couple in a boundary dispute and trespass case where a local farmer had harassed the couple for years.


  • Property litigation including boundaries and easements
  • Adverse possession
  • Landlords and tenants
  • Contentious wills
  • Probate including Inheritance Act claims
  • Equitable remedies
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Constructive trusts
  • Restitution
  • Rectification
  • Undue influence
  • Emergency remedies
  • Freezing orders
  • Restraint of trade injunction


  • Contract and commercial litigation
  • Partnership and business disputes
  • Fraud
  • Aspects of company law and insolvency

Notable Cases

Birmingham City Council v Avril Lee [2008] EWCA (Civ) 891


LLB (Hons) (First Class)


Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association


Legal 500 2021: “‘Tactically astute, technically knowledgeable and excellent in his written work.”

“‘First-class attention to detail, quickly digesting complex cases and distilling the key issues.”

Legal 500 2019: “He gives clear advice and is very commercial in his approach.”

Legal 500 2018: “Very experienced in health and safety cases.”

Legal 500 2018: “He is very user friendly.”

Legal 500 2017: “A fierce and bold advocate.”

Legal 500 2017: “Reliable and user-friendly.”

Legal 500 2015: Tony has “an ability to grasp and retain large volumes of evidence.”

Legal 500 2015: Tony has “a tenacious approach to difficult cases and opponents.”

Chambers & Partners 2014: Tony is “an exceptional trial advocate who is always thoroughly well prepared.”


In the Dock – an overview of the decisions of the High Court on Dock Identifications in the Magistrates’ Court [2003] Crim LR 463

Further Information

Tony is Head of the Regulatory Team and the Chancery and Commercial Team.

Tony regularly gives talks to local solicitors on Civil Procedure and Commercial Litigation.

Tony provides regular training to Trading Standards Services in areas such as criminal procedure, large scale fraud, and consumer protection law.

Recent Media Coverage

Tony Watkin prosecutes in a trading standards case where a home improvement company grossly overcharged vulnerable customers. To read more click here.

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Relevant Articles

  • Tony Watkin represents Local Authority in successful appeal

    Tony Watkin represents Local Authority in successful appeal involving an important point of construction of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.   At...

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  • Tony Watkin secures confiscation order in Local Authority Trading Standards Prosecution.

    Tony Watkin secures confiscation order in Local Authority Trading Standards Prosecution.  In the case of R v Foster before HHJ Gosling at Stafford Crown...

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