Year of Call: 2012
Tony joined Central Chambers in April 2018.
Tony enjoys a busy Crown Court practice and regularly accepts instructions on behalf of both prosecution and defence. Tony deals with cases at all levels across the wide spectrum of criminal law, including:
Tony is best known for his attention to detail, his meticulous preparation skills, and his tenacity as an advocate on behalf of his clients. He has developed a reputation for his technical legal knowledge and is frequently instructed in cases involving complex points of law. He is also recognised for his patience, understanding and sensitivity when dealing with cases involving vulnerable witnesses and defendants.
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 represent doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals before their regulatory bodies.
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).
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
2011 –2012: Nottingham Trent University
BPTC – Very Competent
2007 –2010: Bangor University
LLB Law (Hons) – First Class
Operation Dreadnaught (2019-2022)
Being led by Benjamin Knight as junior counsel in a case involving allegations of large-scale international trafficking of Class A drugs.
R v NB (2021)
Defendant faced two counts of harassment causing fear of violence 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. After Tony carefully drafted a defence statement and an abuse of process argument pointing to specific requests for disclosure (with which the complainant refused to co-operate), the Crown were forced to offer no evidence on both counts.
R v SB (2020)
Defendant pleaded guilty to 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) (Court of Appeal)
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.
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, received details of an anonymous call describing the knife being held by the complainant themselves. The Crown were ultimately forced to offer no evidence on the above charges.
R v KK (2019)
Successfully defended client accused of criminal damage to a car based solely on forensic evidence. Blood containing their DNA was found on the headlight, but no DNA found anywhere else on the vehicle and no evidence that the persons responsible were bleeding at the time of committing the offence. Defendant was acquitted.
R v OW (2019) (link to Daily Post)
Defendant pleaded guilty to multiple counts of fraud totalling in excess of £100,000.00. Sentencing guidelines indicated an immediate custodial sentence of 3-4 years. Following mitigation, the Defendant received a 2-year custodial sentence suspended for 2 years.
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 of all charges.
QF v Trafford Council (2021)
Appeal against revocation of a private hire taxi licence on the basis of historic criminal accusations resurfacing which were never substantiated. 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.
What Tony’s clients say:
I arrived at court nervous and anxious, Tony immediately put me at ease. He was logical, realistic and charismatic. He guided me through the hearing with skill and empathy resulting in a not guilty verdict. I couldn’t be happier with how he performed in court and most importantly the fact he got me the judgement I deserved. Thanks Tony.
Recently, he managed a difficult client and obtained a fantastic result. Very impressive.
I thought Tony was outstanding in his explanation of what was going to happen and was in total control, inside the court he was again outstanding, and I felt from his explanations to the court I couldn’t have been better represented.
I was represented at Leeds Magistrates Court today 03/12/18 by Tony Williams, I found him to be highly professional and honest with me, my personal opinion is that Tony did an outstanding job for me today in court and I am more than satisfied.
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