Tony Watkin

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Regulatory

Tony was called in 1998 and is a well-respected specialist in regulatory law on the West Midlands Circuit, prosecuting and defending at all levels. He is Head of the Regulatory Team at St Ives and has been consistently recognised in the directories for his performance. He has a practical and down-to-earth approach to his cases and recognises the importance of working as a team with his client in order to secure the best outcome.

Tony is regularly instructed by Local Authorities to conduct their most complex cases and is brought in to advise at the very early stages of an investigation. He has significant experience in applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act and recently secured a confiscation order in excess of £500,000 following his successful prosecution of a company and its directors for the largest ever timeshare fraud case brought by Warwickshire Trading Standards. Tony received particular praise from the Trial Judge for the way he conducted the 3-month trial.

Other recent highlights of his practice include:

  • October 2018: Mr Watkin prosecutes on behalf of Warwickshire Trading Standards in a food fraud case. Read the article here.
  • February 2018:  Mr Watkin secures confiscation order in Local Authority Trading Standards Prosecution.  In the case of R v Foster before HHJ Gosling at Stafford Crown Court, Tony secured a confiscation order together with costs at £600,000, payable immediately, following the Defendant’s earlier conviction for dealing in counterfeit DVDs which led to a 16 month custodial sentence.
  • Defending a multinational corporation in the Crown Court in a sensitive prosecution brought against it for Health and Safety at Work Act breaches in which a number of young children were seriously injured whilst using equipment manufactured and supplied by it.
  • Defending in a prosecution at the Old Bailey brought on behalf of the DTI/BERR against the subsidiary of a Japanese multinational corporation and its Managing Director for alleged breaches of the UK export control regime.
  • Prosecuting a misleading nutritional health claims case against a company and its director where Leading and Junior Counsel were instructed for the defence.
  • Prosecuting an Asbestos management and surveying company and its directors for Health and Safety at Work Act offences.
  • Prosecuting a number of individual defendants in the Crown Court for conspiracy to defraud and trade marks offences following the seizure of £1.5M of counterfeit clothing from a warehouse in Birmingham.
  • Prosecuting a large-scale food fraud case in which the Defendant company and its directors had stolen the identity of a legitimate meat processing and handling plant.
  • Acting on behalf of the local authority in a two-week trial against Leading Counsel in an application for an Enforcement Order under the Enterprise Act.

Regulatory

  • Regulatory law
  • Health and safety (including related inquests)
  • Consumer protection
  • Trade marks and counterfeiting
  • Animal welfare
  • Food safety
  • Fraud
  • Export control
  • Environmental/noise abatement law
  • Director disqualification
  • Proceeds of crime

Notable Cases

R (Kelly) v Warley Magistrates & The Law Society [2007] AC 89

Singh v Solihull MBC [2007] EWHC 552

Qualifications

LLB (Hons) (First Class)

Memberships

Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association

Recommendations

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.”

Publications

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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