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Anthony Jones

Call: 2011

Anthony has a broad practice in commercial law, public and human rights law, and international law. Alongside his practice, Anthony teaches at the London School of Economics.

Commercial: Anthony has a practice that encompasses all areas of commercial dispute resolution, with a particular focus on commercial litigation, professional liability, fraud, and insurance. He regularly acts in high-profile commercial litigation. He is currently acting in the Court of Appeal in one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases, acting for the defendants to a £70 million pound claim arising out of failed investments in Russia. Recent instructions include multi-billion pound litigation brought by liquidators of a major failed offshore bank, a substantial Cayman Islands investment claim arising from apparent fraud by fund managers, and acting on behalf of members of the Saudi royal family in a multi-million pound shareholders’ unfair prejudice petition (Apex v Global Torch). In the field of professional liability, Anthony has acted as a junior in a number of the leading cases in recent years, including the Brown v InnovatorOne appeal proceedings, and as sole counsel in multi-million pound financial advice claims and claims regarding the recoverability of break costs on lenders’ interest rate swaps. Anthony is a member of COMBAR, a member of the Executive Committee of the Professional Negligence Bar Association, and is a co-author of the leading practitioners’ text, Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability (8th ed).

Public and Human Rights: Anthony is regularly instructed in high-profile public and human rights law matters, including a number of cases before the European Court of Human Rights. He is currently acting for the interveners in Big Brother Watch UK and Bureau of Investigative Journalists v UK, the two challenges in the European Court of Human Rights to the UK and US spy agencies’ mass digital surveillance programmes, and the interveners in Magyar Jet Zrt v Hungary and Navalnyy v Russia, two further ground-breaking European Court of Human Rights cases relating to free expression and defamation in the context of online blogs and open source content. Before the domestic courts, Anthony appeared in R (David Miranda) v Home Secretary and Met Commissioner, where the Court of Appeal found that the use of Terrorism Act powers to detain David Miranda while carrying journalistic material from the Snowden leaks was incompatible with the right to freedom of expression. Throughout 2014 and 2015, Anthony was junior counsel to the Coroner in the Hillsborough Stadium Inquests, the longest inquests in British history. He is also a trial observer for the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute.

International Law: Anthony has a growing practice in international law. Recent work includes R (Campaign Against Arms Trade) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation, and Skills, acting for leading NGOs, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch as interveners in the challenge to the UK’s export of weapons to Saudi Arabia, considering UK State responsibility for Saudi Arabia’s breaches of international humanitarian law. He is also instructed as sole counsel in two significant challenges before the General Court of the European Union: ClientEarth v European Commission, a challenge to the European Commission’s ratification of approval of a chemical in alleged breach of international obligations, including under the Aarhus Convention; and NG v European Council, acting for Amnesty International intervening in the challenge to the EU-Turkey refugee transfer deal on the grounds of inconsistency with the UN Refugee Convention and Protocol. Further, Anthony has experience acting against States in breach of international obligations, such as in Federation of African Journalists v The Gambia, acting for prominent journalists persecuted by the Jammeh regime in The Gambia contrary to international law, and HSH Nordbank v Turkey, the first property rights case before the European Court of Human Rights dealing with the rules of international ship financing.

Previous Experience

Before coming to the bar, Anthony was a special advisor to the Attorney-General of New South Wales, the Australian Foreign Minister and Premier of New South Wales. Alongside his practice, Anthony teaches law at the London School of Economics for which he received the law faculty prize for teaching excellence.

Anthony has an MA and BA in classical Chinese from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours and the University Medal (first in year), and a BA in Law with First Class Honours and prizes from University College, Oxford. He was ranked Outstanding on the BPTC.

Academic Prizes

2011       - Queen Mother’s Scholarship (Middle Temple)

2008       - University College Prize
                 - Alan Urbach Prize for Jurisprudence
                 - Peter Rowley Prize for Land Law

2006        - James Fairfax Oxford Australia Scholarship, Oxford University Bursary
                 - Wentworth Medal (prize essay medal for the University of Sydney)

2001-4   - University of Sydney University Medal (first in year)
                 - University of Sydney Honours Scholarship
                 - TM Hsiao Scholarship for Chinese
                 - Badham Bursary for Latin and Greek
                 - Josiah Symon Scholarship for English


BA (Hons I) (Oxon); MA, BA (Hons I and Medal) (Syd)