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Tony Watkin

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St Ives Chambers (Chambers of Jeremy Weston QC)

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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.


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.


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.

Recent cases in Tony’s Regulatory practice includes:

Prosecuting an Asbestos management and surveying company and its directors for Health and Safety at Work Act offences.

Prosecuting a number of individual defendants in the Crown Court for conspiracy to defraud and Trade Marks offences following the seizure of £1.5M of counterfeit clothing from a warehouse in Birmingham.

Prosecuting a large-scale food fraud case in which the Defendant company and its directors had stolen the identity of a legitimate meat processing and handling plant.

Acting on behalf of the Local Authority in a two-week trial against Leading Counsel in an application for an Enforcement Order under the Enterprise Act.

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


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.”




Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association


LLB (Hons) (First Class)

Regional Bar : Midland Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Within: Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Tony Watkin - St Ives ChambersHe is very user friendly.

Within: Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Recent work for St Ives Chambers’ commercial, banking, Chancery and insolvency team includes adverse possession, trespass, fraud and commercial litigation matters. In 2017 Tony Watkin appeared in the Court of Appeal in a breach of confidence case following exam papers used by a local council being published online without their permission. In 2017 Helen Swaffield left to establish her own set Contract Law Chambers.

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Within: Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Tony Watkin - St Ives ChambersVery experienced in health and safety cases.

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