Anthony has a broad practice in commercial law, professional liability, public and human rights law, and public international law. Alongside his practice, Anthony teaches at the London School of Economics, and has recently been appointed a Research Visitor at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at Oxford.
Commercial: Anthony has a broad practice in commercial dispute resolution. He is currently instructed in the Court of Appeal in one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases for the defendants to a £70 million claim relating to an investment in Russia, and in the Commercial Court in a multi-million pound shareholders’ unfair prejudice claim. Recent work includes substantial claims brought by and against liquidators of failed offshore banks in Antigua and St Vincent, and a substantial Isle of Man claim involving apparent fraud by fund managers.
Professional Liability: Anthony has quickly established a leading reputation as a junior in the field of professional liability, with a particular focus on the liability of lawyers and financial professionals, and broad experience of all types of lending and property claims. Anthony has been involved as a junior in a number of the leading cases in recent years, including the Supreme Court’s recent confirmation of the SAAMCo approach to the scope of duty in BPE Solicitors v Hughes-Holland, the Court of Appeal proceedings in Brown v InnovatorOne, and Adams v Ford and Keydata Investment Services in the Commercial Court. He is currently instructed before the Court of Appeal in a matter raising novel points of restitution and equitable accounting arising out of a failed tax scheme, and recently acted as sole counsel in the High Court in a million pound pensions advice claim. 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 law and human rights matters. He has recently been appointed a Research Visitor at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at Oxford University. Anthony has acted in more than a dozen cases before the European Court of Human Rights, with a particular focus on freedom of information, including Navalnyy v Russia (brought by the Russian opposition politician Aleksey Navalnyy), Big Brother Watch v UK (the challenge to the UK spy agency’s mass surveillance programme), and Magyar Jeti Zrt v Hungary (a ground-breaking case on the scope of free expression rights in relation to online platforms). He has experience before other international tribunals, including acting in Federation of African Journalists v The Gambia in the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States for prominent journalists persecuted by the Jammeh regime, and before a range of United Nations Special Procedures mechanisms. Before domestic courts, Anthony appeared in R (David Miranda) v Home Secretary and Met Commissioner, where the Court of Appeal declared Terrorism Act 2000 powers used to detain a source carrying information leaked by Edward Snowden incompatible with the European Convention. Anthony also has a busy practice in the field of inquests and coronial law: throughout 2014-16, he was junior counsel to the Coroner in the Hillsborough Stadium Inquests, the longest inquests in British history, and he regularly acts on behalf of Coroners and interested parties in inquests and in coronial judicial review cases before the Divisional Court.
Public International Law: Anthony has an impressive international law practice. Remarkably for a barrister of his level of call, Anthony has acted as sole counsel before the EU courts in Luxembourg on five occasions, including for the leading environmental NGO ClientEarth in three ground-breaking claims challenging the EU’s compliance with its public international law obligations under the UN Aarhus Convention, and in NG v European Council, acting for Amnesty International in challenging the EU-Turkey Refugee Deal for violating the UN Refugee Convention and Protocol. Anthony recently acted for leading NGOs, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, in R (Campaign Against Arms Trade) v Secretary of State for International Trade, challenging the export of arms to Saudi Arabia for use in the Yemen conflict. He also advises on and acts in international investment claims, and is currently acting in ICSID claims against a Central Asian state and a North African state, as well as in HSH Nordbank v Turkey, a $75 million claim relating to arrests of international shipping. Anthony writes and lectures regularly on international law, and is a co-author of the forthcoming text The ICSID Convention, Rules, and Regulations: A Commentary (2018).
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.