Called: 2012

Anthony Williams

Since joining Central Chambers, Tony has developed a reputation for his attention to detail, his meticulous preparation skills, and his tenacity as an advocate on behalf of his clients. He is known for his technical knowledge of law and procedure and is frequently instructed in cases involving complex legal argument. He is also recognised for his patience, understanding and sensitivity when dealing with cases involving vulnerable witnesses and defendants.

Crime

Tony enjoys a busy Crown Court practice on behalf of both prosecution and defence. He is a level 3 prosecutor on the CPS Advocate Panel. Tony accepts instructions at all levels across the wide spectrum of criminal law, including:

  • Violent offences (ranging from battery to wounding with intent);
  • Anti-social behaviour and offences against public order (including civil applications for injunctions and criminal behaviour orders);
  • Domestic violence (including assaults, harassment and stalking);
  • Drugs offences;
  • Protest cases involving the exercise of human rights;
  • Sexual offences;
  • Dishonesty (including theft, fraud and burglary); and
  • Road traffic offences (including applications for exceptional hardship and special reasons).

Tony is recognised by the legal community as an expert in cases based wholly or substantially upon hearsay evidence, including cases where the prosecution seek to rely upon evidence of res gestae. He is also considered a specialist in abuse of process arguments and cases involving issues of non-disclosure.

Excellence Through Continuity of Representation

Regulatory

Tony has previously worked as a paralegal in the General Medical Council’s in-house legal team. As a result, he acquired a detailed understanding of fitness to practise investigations and Medical Practitioners Tribunal proceedings, including Interim Orders Tribunal hearings, MPT Review Hearings and Restoration Hearings. This makes him perfectly suited to advise and represent doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals before their regulatory bodies.

Licensing

Tony has substantial experience of representing taxi drivers and operators before local authority Licensing Panels, Magistrates’ Courts and the Crown Court in relation to licensing appeals and regulatory prosecutions (e.g. plying for hire).

Other Experience

Before starting his career at the Bar, Tony worked as a freelance County Court advocate in civil proceedings, as a debt caseworker at a Citizens Advice Bureau, and as a paralegal in the General Medical Council’s in-house legal team.

Tony therefore brings a wealth of experience with him to the Bar in fields including contract, commercial, debt recovery, housing, insolvency, personal injury, welfare benefits, enforcement proceedings, and costs.

Tony was born and raised in North West Wales and is a fluent Welsh speaker.

To instruct Tony, please contact his clerks.

Memberships and Appointments
    • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
    • Criminal Bar Association
    • Northern Circuit
    • Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel – Level 3 Prosecutor
Education
  • 2011 –2012: Nottingham Trent University
      • BPTC – Very Competent
  • 2007 –2010: Bangor University
      • LLB Law (Hons) – First Class

Notable Cases

Crime

R v L and Others (May 2022 – May 2024)

Led by Benjamin Knight as junior counsel defending in the longest-running criminal trial in the history of England and Wales to date, involving an international conspiracy to import Class A drugs.

R v Jhangir and Ors (2023-2024)

Prosecuted alone six defendants apprehended as a result of Operation Swordfish, an investigation into a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (heroin and cocaine) in Manchester City Centre. Defendants received a combined total of 37 years’ imprisonment.

R v BT, HH and Ors (2023)

Successfully defended two defendants accused of aggravated trespass in the course of an environmental protest outside the Newsprinters Site in Knowsley. The case involved complex legal argument in relation to land boundaries, civil trespass and Articles 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

R v NB (2021)

Defendant faced allegations of harassment causing fear of violence (s4 Protection from Harassment Act 1997) and witness intimidation. The prosecution case was dependent on digital evidence from the complainant’s phone, but police had failed to secure or retain sufficient material. Tony carefully drafted a defence statement and an abuse of process argument, pointing to repeated requests for disclosure which were not fulfilled and a failure to properly investigate reasonable lines of enquiry. The Crown were eventually forced to offer no evidence on both counts.

R v SB (2020)

Defendant pleaded guilty to two charges of dangerous driving causing serious injury. Tony successfully persuaded the Court to impose a suspended sentence of two years despite all authority pointing to immediate custody.

R v DI (2020)

Successfully appealed against the unlawful terms of a Restraining Order made by the Crown Court.

R v SR (2019)

Successfully defended an anti-fracking activist against an allegation of wilfully obstructing the highway, in a case involving a dispute as to the boundary between the highway and private land and Articles 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

R v ES (2019)

Defendant charged with s18 wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article (among other allegations). Following Tony’s repeated requests for disclosure, Prosecution eventually revealed details of an anonymous caller describing the knife being held by the complainant themselves. The Crown were ultimately forced to offer no evidence on the above charges.

R v CT (2019)

Defendant accused of threats to kill and two assaults. Complainant did not attend at trial despite the prosecution’s efforts to bring her to court. Tony successfully argued that the Prosecution should not be permitted to rely on body worn footage as res gestae evidence in the complainant’s absence. The Prosecution were forced to offer no evidence and the Defendant was acquitted.

Regulatory

QF v Trafford Council (2021)

Appeal against revocation of a private hire taxi licence on the basis of historic criminal allegations resurfacing which were never proven or substantiated at court. Tony successfully appealed the revocation and their licence was restored.

York City Council v AH (2019)

Defendant was a private hire taxi driver accused of unlawfully plying for hire. Informant was a rival hackney carriage driver who had attempted to incite the Defendant into offending. Following Tony’s cross-examination of the informant, he successfully applied to exclude their evidence as having been obtained by entrapment. Prosecution was forced to offer no evidence and Defendant was acquitted.

Salford City Council v CA (2018)

Represented the operator of a local taxi licensing firm before the Licensing Regulatory Panel of Salford City Council. Tony successfully persuaded the Panel that the operator remained a fit and proper person to hold an operator’s licence, allowing the firm to continue its business.

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