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 ChambersTactically astute, technically knowledgeable and excellent in his written work.

Members of St Ives Chambers are instructed in a wide range of regulatory matters. Tony Watkin is particularly notable for his prosecution practice across a wide range of regulatory areas – in one matter he prosecuted the owners of a nightclub after an inebriated guest left through a back door and fell two floors to his death. Kevin Saunders is also active in regulatory work, with recent instructions including the defence of Spanish airline Iberia, which was convicted of aviation offences following the death of twelve capybara rodents on board a flight from Madrid to Heathrow.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Property and construction

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Tony WatkinSt Ives ChambersFirst-class attention to detail, quickly digesting complex cases and distilling the key issues.

St Ives Chambers is home to a property group with significant experience across a wide range of issues, which ‘punches above its weight locally, and is ‘a go-to set for property matters in Birmingham‘.  Senior junior Tony Watkin is a key figure within chambers, and recently represented the Radisson Blu Hotel in Liverpool in an insurance charge dispute where the landlord had reapportioned those charges so that the client had a higher burden than the building’s residential tenants. Other notable barristers in the team include Matthew Haynes, whose recent property work has centred around boundary and easement disputes, and Michelle Caney, whose work covers the broad spectrum of real and property matters.