Mr Tony Watkin > Chambers of Jeremy Weston QC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jeremy Weston QC
St Ives Chambers
1-3 WHITTALL STREET
BIRMINGHAM
B4 6DH
England

Work Department

Tony Watkin is a Barrister specialising in Business & Property and Regulatory law.  He is Head of Regulatory Team and Head of the Business & Property Group at St Ives Chambers.

Position

Tony developed a strong practice in Business and Property litigation. He has been consistently recognised in the directories for his performance. He has a practical approach to his cases and is known for giving excellent common-sense advice.

Career

Year of Call: 1998

Regulatory Law

For his Regulatory practice, 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 prosecuted on behalf of Warwickshire Trading Standards in a food fraud case. 

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.

Business and Property Law

Recent highlights of his Business and Property practice include:

Acting on behalf of a Development Company and its Managing Director in relation to a claim arising out of an alleged multimillion-pound fraud alleged to have been perpetrated against them by a former employee and family member.

Acting on behalf of a Local Authority in a High Court claim brought against it for alleged breaches of a commercial contract with a services provider, for housing asylum seekers. Successfully arguing for parts of the case to be struck out and subsequently acting in the mediation of the case.

Acting for a company in the High Court to successfully obtain a pre-action freezing order against a former employee alleged to have stolen significant sums of money during the course of her employment.

Successfully acting for a couple in a boundary dispute and trespass case where a local farmer had harassed the couple for years.

Notable Cases:

Birmingham City Council v Avril Lee [2008] EWCA (Civ) 891

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

Singh v Solihull MBC [2007] EWHC 552

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 “a tenacious approach to difficult cases and opponents.”

Legal 500 2015: Tony has “an ability to grasp and retain large volumes of evidence.”

Chambers and Partners 2014: Tony is “an exceptional trial advocate who is always thoroughly well prepared.”
 

Languages

English

Memberships

Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association

Education

LLB (Hons) (First Class)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Tony WatkinSt Ives Chambers

St Ives Chambers  is a ‘modern and approachable set’ with a strong regional reputation for its local authority prosecution and private defence work in matters of regulatory enforcement. Kevin Saunders defended in a VHCC concerning multi-million pound investment fraud allegations. Tony Watkin is regularly instructed by local authorities and recently successfully prosecuted a case regarding fraudulent trading of thermographic imaging devices used to detect breast cancer.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Property and construction

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Tony WatkinSt Ives ChambersTony provides an all-round exceptional service, he does his homework, is hands on with good client skills and understands the need for a tactical approach to litigation.

St Ives Chambers’ business and property group covers the full spectrum of construction and property cases, including boundary disputes, adverse possession, mortgage-related litigations, and easements. The group is led by senior junior Tony Watkin who recently successfully acted for the operators of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Liverpool in an insurance charge dispute with its landlord. Michelle Caney represented Wolverhampton City Council in litigation concerning the issue of contra mundum injunctions in favour of local authorities to protect sites from traveller encampments.