Antony Dunkels

Antony has experience of all areas of criminal defence work, including murder, serious violent crime (including gang violence and domestic violence), robbery (including armed robbery), dangerous dogs, serious drugs charges, firearms, serious sexual offences (including rape), high value fraud, FSMA offences, financial regulatory proceedings and confiscation proceedings. He regularly appeared in the Court of Appeal in appeals against sentence, an Attorney-General’s reference instructed on behalf of the Respondent (R v DM) and as Respondent on an interlocutory appeal by the Crown (R v W and others).

Antony is an experienced and skilled defence advocate. He has developed a strong criminal practice in and around London and further afield and is often instructed in cases at the Crown Courts in Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Southampton and Guildford.

Antony was instructed in cases involving complex issues of drugs and/or alcohol dependency or mental illness. He has considerable experience of the related issues of fitness to plead, the defence of insanity and the instruction and handling of psychiatrists. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal (R v W & others) as the respondent on an interlocutory appeal by the Crown against a ruling of the trial Judge to sever the trial of issue of an unfit Defendant from the trial of the fit Defendants – see above. This was a novel point of law and was extensively reported ([2009] 1 W.L.R. 1545, [2009] 1 Cr. App. R. 19). He has dealt with young and vulnerable Defendants facing charges in both the Youth and the Crown Court and in the cross-examination of young and vulnerable witnesses, including victims of sexual offences.

Many of the aforementioned cases have involved complex expert evidence. Antony has experience of using and/or contesting cell-site evidence, hand-set/SIM statistical comparison, facial mapping, image enhancement and comparison, footwear impression evidence, expert psychiatric evidence, expert medical evidence, fingerprint, DNA evidence, hand-writing comparison and forensic accounting.

Antony is currently employed at Bell Pottinger as an associate partner in the Crisis and Litigation team. He can be contacted on 07815 063966.

Homicide

R v CC (and 3-others) at Nottingham CC – Junior defence counsel in a murder and attempt murder (x3) trial – representing the first Defendant. The Defendant was alleged to have been the gunman in a gang related execution. Leader – David Spens QC.

R v SS (and 8-others) at Birmingham CC Junior defence counsel in a multi-handed trial involving charges of murder, conspiracy to commit violent disorder (and witness intimidation). Leader – David Spens QC.

Fraud

R v Afsana Karim (and 3-others) at Croydon CC – Junior defence counsel in a high value (+£3-million) VAT and film tax credit fraud trial. The case attracted considerable media attention due to the value and nature of the fraud. Leader – Dexter Dias QC.

R v SS (and 8-others) at Bradford CC – Defence counsel representing third Defendant charged with 8-others with conspiracy to defraud HBOS +£1-million.

R v JH (and 2-others) at Warwick CC – Defence counsel representing first Defendant on fraud charges. Defendant was of good character and charged with fraud in breach of trust. Defendant worked at a wills and probate firm and defrauded the estates of recently deceased. Case attracted considerable media attention due to the nature of the fraud.

R v AF (and 1-other) at Nottingham CC – Defence counsel representing Defendant jointly charged with a mortgage broker for fraud offences relating to multiple high value mortgage applications.

R v KA (and 11-others) at Nottingham CC – Defence counsel representing a Defendant charged with conspiracy to defraud. He was alleged have made numerous fraudulent mortgage application as part of a high value conspiracy (+£3-million) to defraud mortgage providers. Crown offered no evidence in advance of trial.

R v JU at Woolwich CC – Junior defence counsel on a high value premium rate service revenue inflation fraud. Leader – Steven Moses.

R v RL (and 1-other) Southwark CC – Prosecuting counsel against a Defendant and his wife charged with defrauding the estate of his recently deceased mother. Case attracted considerable front-page media attention to the the value and nature of the fraud and the Defendant’s standing in the community.

R v PB at Leeds CC – Defence counsel in an incapacity benefit fraud. This case attracted substantial publicity due to the unusual nature of the fraud.

Violence/Robbery

R v KB at St. Albans CC – Junior defence counsel representing a Defendant charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and nine substantive armed robbery offences. Defendant was alleged to have been part of an armed gang targeting cash safes within Argos superstores in the home counties. Case attracted considerable media attention due to prolific nature of offending and level of violence used. Led by Micheal Ivers.

R v TK (and 3-others) at Harrow CC – Defendant charged with 6-counts of robbery of cash in transit vans.

R v L McF (and 3-others) at Inner London CC – Defence counsel in a trial involving charges of robbery, Section 18, violent disorder and causing explosions with intent.

R v L McF (and 3-others) (2) at Inner London CC – Represented Defendant in his second trial for separate charges of robbery and Section 18.

R v JA at Oxford CC – Defence counsel in a trial involving charges of Section 18 and kidnap.

R v WJ (and 4-others) at Hove CC – Junior defence counsel in a 8-week trial on a charge of conspiracy to rob. The case attracted considerable media interest due to the nature of the conspiracy. Defendant acquitted after trial. Leader – Francis Sheridan (now HHJ Sheridan).

R v KG at Kingston CC – Defence counsel in a trial on a charge of robbery where substantial violence was used and injuries caused by a large gang.

R v RW at Wood Green CC – Represented 14-year old Defendant charged with 2-counts of robbery involving serious violence. Case involved complex argument on the admissibility of identification evidence.

R v WR at Harrow CC – Defence counsel representing a 52-year old taxi driver of good character charged with Section 18, wounding with intent (glassing). Defendant advanced self-defence and was acquitted at trial.

Public order

R v GC (and 14-others) at Nottingham CC – Defence counsel representing Defendant charged with riot and arson with intent to endanger life. Case attracted considerable media attention. It involved an arson attack on a central Nottingham police station during the August 2011 riots.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-18235676

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/01/14-people-sentenced-nottingham-riots

R v Gary Kingsland at Wood Green CC – Defence counsel representing vulnerable Defendant charged with violent disorder, arson reckless as to whether life endangered and criminal damage. Allegations arose from August 2011 riots. Defendant acquitted pre-trial after successful abuse of process argument.

R v CB (and 13-others) at Harrow CC – Junior prosecution counsel in a 14-handed violent disorder trial. Leader – Tim Devlin.

Drugs

R v PP at Birmingham CC Defence counsel in a trial representing the first Defendant in a nine-handed conspiracy to supply 192 kilos of cannabis. Also represented the Defendant through his associated confiscation proceedings.

R v DP (and 11-others) at Stafford CC – Defendant charged with 11-co-Defendants with conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely cocaine.

R v JD at Isleworth CC – Defence counsel in an importation of cocaine trial. The Defendant was a female of good character and appeared first on the Indictment. The total value of cosine imported was +£100,000.

R v RM at Snaresbrook CC – Defence counsel in a case involving charges of conspiracy to import class A (heroin) and conspiracy to supply class A (heroin) – 30 kilos.

R v NB at Nottingham CC – Defence counsel in a case alleging the importation of Class C drugs, namely steroids and associated money laundering offences in excess of £200,000. Also represented the Defendant through his associated confiscation proceedings.

R v DM at Nottingham CC – Defence counsel in a case involving offences of possession of Class A with intent (heroin and cocaine), possession of ammunition (44-rounds), possession of an accessory to a firearm (silencer). Also represented the Defendant through his associated confiscation proceedings.

A-G’s reference (R v DM) – Reference of sentence received in the above case.

Sexual offences

R v MC at Northampton CC – Defence counsel in a trial alleging 7-counts of rape, familial sex offences and inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity.

R v PF at Aylesbury CC – Defence counsel in a trial involving charges of inciting children under 16 to engage in sexual activity.

R v TA at Preston CC – Defence counsel representing taxi driver charged with sexual assault of customer.

General

R v OF (and 2-others) at Nottingham CC – Defendant charged with his parents with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by contravening an order for restraint imposed by the Crown Court. The case involved complicated pre-trial legal argument re. the legality of prosecution summonsing a defence witness to swear an affirmation before the Magistrates’ Court.

R v PP (and 4-others) at Stafford CC – Defence counsel representing a Defendant charged with fraudulent evasion on prohibition of importation of tobacco. Defendant alleged to have owned and operated a sophisticated tobacco cutting and packaging operation. Defendant was acquitted after trial.

R v SG (and 2-others) at the Central Criminal Court – Representing first Defendant charge with attempting to handle stolen goods, namely £100,000 worth of stolen pharmaceuticals.

R v EK at Kingston CC – Defence counsel in a case involving charges of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life.

R v F at Nottingham CC – Defence counsel in a trial involving charges of conspiracy to supply class A, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and affray.

R v SG at Harrow CC – Defence counsel in a four-handed trial alleging the importation of counterfeit Glaxo-Smithkline asthma inhalers and associated offences under the trademark regulations. Defendant acquitted after trial.

R v DP (and 2-others) at the Central Criminal Court – Representing first Defendant charged with Arson with Intent to Endanger Life. Defendant and co-Defendant were all youths and were alleged to have set fire to a material outside an MOT centre. A very large fire ensued. The case required cross-examination of arson investigators. Defendant acquitted after trial.

R v AB at Bristol CC – Defendant was a young girl of good character and charged with causing death by careless driving. She suffered from a deterioration of her mental health following the accident. She pleaded guilty but the case required highly sensitive mitigation, as the family of the deceased were in kurt throughout.

Lectures

Antony has delivered CPD-accredited lectures on advocacy to solicitors and young barristers. He also developed a platform for providing public speaking and media handling training to corporate executives outside of the legal profession.

Professional memberships
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • The South Eastern Circuit
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