Acted (with Justin Fenwick QC) in the Chancery Division for the minority shareholders in a seven-week unfair prejudice petition, with a potential value of hundreds of millions of pounds, regarding the largest family-owned hotel group in the UK. The claim alleged that the majority shareholders have failed to address a series of breaches of fiduciary duty on the part of the CEO, preferring his interests to those of the minority. Judgment on liability successfully obtained; judgment on quantum expected mid 2019.
Anthony Jones has a broad practice in commercial law, professional liability, international arbitration, public and human rights law, and public international law.
Anthony is recognised by Legal 500 as a leading junior in Civil Liberties and Human Rights for his ‘unparalleled ability to digest a significant amount of complex information in a short period of time, and develop insightful and compelling arguments’ and for being ‘impressive with clients and skilled at finding a compromise.’ In 2019, Anthony was selected as a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel for a four-year term.
Anthony has extensive experience before domestic and international tribunals, with current and recent instructions before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, the European Court of Human Rights, the EU Courts, and ICSID arbitral tribunals, as well as in a range of offshore jurisdictions (Antigua, Barbados, the Isle of Man, and St Vincent and the Grenadines). He has also acted in cases before the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States, and has experience of the UN Special Procedures human rights mechanisms.
In the last two years, Anthony has acted in a number of important cases, led and unled, including:
- Re Edwardian Group Ltd  EWHC 1715 (Ch) – acted for the successful minority shareholder in a £140 million seven-week unfair prejudice petition regarding the management of the UK’s largest family-owned hotel group
- Acting for a leading city firm in a multi-million pound fees claim involving a series of complex issues concerning the relationships between offshore trust holdings, allegations of wrongful termination, and ‘entire retainer’ arguments
- R (Campaign Against Arms Trade) v Secretary of State for International Trade  EWCA Civ 1020 and  EWHC 1754 (Admin) – acting at first instance and on appeal for leading NGOs in the challenge to UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia for use in the Yemen conflict, selected as one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases
- BPE Solicitors v Hughes-Holland  2 WLR 1029 (UKSC) – acted for the successful appellant in this ground-breaking case before the Supreme Court concerning the SAAMCo approach to the scope of professional duties
- Wikimedia v Turkey (European Court of Human Rights, 2019) – acting for the Wikimedia Foundation in its challenge against the Turkish government’s decision to block access to Wikipedia
- Khanty-Mansiysk Recoveries Ltd v Forsters LLP  EWCA Civ 89 and  EWHC 522 (Comm) – acted for the successful defendant to a £75 million claim arising out of investments in Russia, selected as one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases
- Arbitration claim against a Central Asian State (ICSID, 2019) – acting for the investor in an ICSID claim (the first against this State) concerning expropriation of business assets and violation of a series of high-value construction concessions
- Aleksey Navalnyy v Russian Federation (European Court of Human Rights, 2018-19) – acting in the challenge brought by the incarcerated Russian opposition leader, Aleksey Navalnyy, against the extension of defamation liability under Russian law to online platforms
- C-458/19 P ClientEarth v European Commission (Court of Justice of the EU, 2018-19) – acting as sole counsel in the EU General Court and now on appeal to the CJEU in a challenge to a European Commission chemical approval, raising the compliance of EU law with the EU’s public international law obligations under the UN Aarhus Convention
Qualifications & Memberships
Anthony holds a BA in Law with First Class Honours and prizes from University College, Oxford. He also holds an MA and BA in Classical Chinese with First Class Honours and the University Medal (first in year) from the University of Sydney, and a Diploma in Chinese from Beijing Yuyan Daxue (University of Languages and Cultures). Anthony was ranked Outstanding on the BPTC, for which he held the top scholarship from Middle Temple.
Prior to coming to the bar, Anthony worked for five years in the civil service in Australia, acting as special advisor to the former Australian Foreign Minister and Premier of New South Wales, and to the former Attorney-General of New South Wales.
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