Anthony has a broad practice in commercial law, professional liability, 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, fraud, and insurance. He is currently acting in the Court of Appeal in one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases for the defendants to a £70 million pound claim arising out of failed investments in Russia, and in the Commercial Court in a long-running dispute relating to agents’ entitlements on the transfer of a Premier League football player (McGill v Sports and Entertainment Media Group). 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). Anthony is a member of COMBAR.
Professional Liability: Anthony has quickly established a substantial reputation in the field of professional liability, acting both for claimants and professionals, with a particular focus on the liability of lawyers, accountants, and financial professionals. Anthony has been involved as a junior in a number of the leading cases in recent years, including the Brown v InnovatorOne Court of Appeal proceedings and the Supreme Court’s recent confirmation of the SAAMCo approach to liability (BPE Solicitors v Hughes-Holland). He is currently instructed before the Court of Appeal in a matter raising novel points of restitution and equitable accounting in the context of failed tax schemes, in the Isle of Man in relation to the collapse of an offshore investment fund, and has recently acted as sole counsel in a million-pound offshore pensions advice claim and claims regarding the recoverability of break costs on lenders’ interest rate swaps. Anthony is 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 Law 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, with a particular focus on matters relating to media freedom. Anthony is currently acting for the interveners in Big Brother Watch v 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 also the interveners in Magyar Jeti Zrt v Hungary and Navalnyy v Russia, two further ground-breaking European Court of Human Rights cases relating to free expression in the context of online publishing, the latter case brought by the Russian opposition politician Aleksey Navalnyy. 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. Anthony also has a busy practice in the field of inquests and public inquiries: throughout 2014 and 2015, Anthony was junior counsel to the Coroner in the Hillsborough Stadium Inquests, the longest inquests in British history, and he has recently been appointed counsel to the Coroner of North Wales in relation to the reopening of a series of historic inquests into unidentified persons. He is also a trial observer for the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, responsible for reporting on the trial of former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim.
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 three 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; Sweden v European Commission, intervening in the Swedish government’s separate challenge to Aarhus Convention compliance of Commission decisions on toxic materials; and NG v European Council, acting for Amnesty International 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 before international tribunals against States in breach of international obligations, such as in Federation of African Journalists v The Gambia, acting in the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States 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.
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.