Anthony practiced from London chambers, after being called to the Bar in 1984, before joining 39 Park Square in 2003. His first decade and a half at the bar encompassed a general common law practice, involving appearances before the Court of Appeal, (Civil and Criminal Divisions); the High Court, (in both civil and family matters); the Crown Court and County Courts; Court Martial; the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and Industrial/Employment Tribunals; Coroner’s Courts; Mental Health Tribunals; and the Licensing Justices. Anthony also had the odd foray into the Chancery Division, but drew the line at the one brief he received, (and returned), in the Admiralty Division. He now practices predominantly in Crime.
Anthony has represented clients on a private basis before internal/domestic tribunals, where the rules of the organisation/company have allowed this.
Alongside professional practice, Anthony has been involved in the training of advocacy skills to the pupil/new practitioner members of Lincoln’s Inn since 1994. He became a lead tutor on the assessed residential courses organised by Lincoln’s Inn, and trained prospective trainers. In 2012 he was one of a group invited to present material to the inaugural CPD conference of the Institute of Judicial and Legal Studies, Mauritius. He returned in August 2013 to present a bespoke 5 day course for the Office of the DPP, Mauritius.
Anthony is a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn. He has also served a term as Head of Chambers.
Anthony grew up in Cumbria and worked for a number of years, including time as a trade union official at local and branch level, before beginning his degree studies.
Anthony’s practice has always included crime, both prosecuting and defending. He has represented clients before the Court Martial, both at home and abroad. Anthony has experience of prosecuting for authorities and institutions outside of the CPS.
Anthony has always had an affinity with the sea and watercraft, from kayaking as a youngster to his time as a windsurfing instructor in his twenties, pootling around the coast in “boats with lids on” to crewing in offshore races. He has achieved a modicum of prize-winning success at Cowes Week, the Legal Week Challenge, and the Manches Cup, as well as competing in the ‘Fastnet’ Race. He spends less time sailing these days but gets out on a narrow boat from time to time. He can be found in the water when competing in (shorter distances) triathlons.
He is married to Bee, and lives in North Yorkshire where they both enjoy walking in the local countryside.
Empson v Forde (1994) E.G.L.R. (CA) – Represented Respondent tenants in a possession case where the Court of Appeal clarified respective duties of repair between the landlord and the tenant.
- R v P – Four week murder trial relating to a stabbing in the course of a robbery.
- R v C – Leading junior in 5 week case of alleged corruption involving technical staff of the Ministry of Defence and private contractors engaged to clean out fuel tanks on RAF bases.
- R v M – Trial listed 6-8 weeks. Prison Mutiny arising out of the Lincoln Prison Riots.
- R v B – Led by N Davey Q.C. Child neglect case where co-defendant charged with murder.
- R v H & Ors – Prosecution appeal to Court of Appeal in POCA proceedings re the interpretation of S10 POCA 2002.
- R v J & Ors – Alleged offences arising out of bullying of recruits by staff at Catterick ITC.
- R v B -Defence of young medical student alleged to have raped and sexually assaulted a fellow student
- R v K – Defending in historical rape and sexual offences case with mother and daughter complainants