Tony has, since 2003, developed a strong criminal practice and appears regularly in Courts across the North East and beyond.
Tony receives instructions in cases across the full spectrum of serious criminal cases. He has considerable experience of public interest immunity (PII) disclosure issues arising from serious sexual offences. He receives regular instructions in cases involving serious violence, robbery, murder, firearms, dishonesty, fraud, historic sexual abuse and drugs conspiracies as well as road traffic and other offences in the Magistrates' Court.
He is well regarded among solicitors for the high level of client and witness care that he provides and has particular strengths when it comes to the representation of the more demanding clients and those with complex needs. He has developed a reputation for his approachability and the way he puts even the most anxious of lay client and witness at ease.
Tony is always more than happy to provide written advice on evidence and sentence as well as the prompt and very full drafting of all documents for use at, or prior to and following trial.
Tony has undertaken work in local Magistrates' and Crown Courts in the areas of:
- Environmental Protection
- RSPCA and animal welfare
- Marine Management
- Local authority (trading standards, benefit fraud, planning contraventions, RIPA and taxi licensing)
- Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order cases
- Ionising Radiation Regulations
Tony is regularly instructed in relation to motor offences . He deals with all aspects of road traffic offences including death by dangerous driving, drink driving, speeding, excess alcohol, totting up offences, driving whilst disqualified and “road rage” offences. He has a particular interest in "loophole" cases.
Legal Professional Privilege
Tony is also instructed to provide on-site advice to police forces and the NHS in this complex and ever-developing area of law. He has advised in complex charity frauds, large-scale money laundering offences as well as suspicious deaths and murder. Issues of legal professional privilege often arise, sometimes at very short notice, during the course of an investigation, long before any formal charge is laid. Ensuring compliance with issues of privilege preserves the integrity of an investigation and can prevent problems arising later in court, sometimes leading to the collapse of a case at huge cost.
- CPS Grade 3 Prosecutor
- Associate Lecturer Northumbria University
- Northumbria Local Criminal Justice Board Member and Bar Representative
- North Eastern Circuit
- Criminal Bar Association
- Chartered Institute of Linguists
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
- BA(Hons) French and Spanish
- Licence-ès-Lettres in Applied Modern Languages
- PGDL and BVC
Tony is an Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University and is an accredited advocacy teacher by the Advocacy Training Council. Prior to his appointment Tony has, for several years, conducted advocacy workshops with Bar students at Northumbria University and delivers lectures on “Interpreting within the Justice System” to Postgraduate students of Bilateral Interpreting at Newcastle University. Prior to becoming a barrister Tony worked as a freelance interpreter, with particular involvement in Asylum and Immigration matters and speaks French to Court standard.
Tony is qualified to receive instructions direct from businesses, professionals and members of the public. Any such requests should be directed to his clerks in the first instance.