Tony has been with Lewis Nedas Law since 1992, qualifying as a solicitor with the firm and becoming a partner in 2003. In 2006 Tony obtained his Higher Rights of Audience.
As an experienced criminal solicitor, Tony has handled an extremely broad range of matters including murder, fraud, people trafficking, serious sexual offences, drugs importation and supply, violent disorder, child abduction and VAT evasion.
In 2013/14 Tony successfully defended Nicky Jacobs in a cold case prosecution for the murder of PC Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm riot in October 1985. The Crown sought to rely on unreliable witnesses who were given immunity from prosecution for their own roles in the murder as well as a rap poem written by the defendant when he was a youth. After a 5 week trial, the jury reached their not guilty verdict in less than a hour.
In recent years, Tony has developed an expertise in defending in historic sex offences cases and also prosecutions for indecent and extreme pornographic images. Through involvement in such matters, Tony has amassed considerable knowledge of ancillary orders including Sexual Harm Prevention Orders (SHPOs), foreign travel bans and registration on the Sex Offenders Register. Tony can also make standalone applications to vary SOPO/SHPO’s, having regard to the less onerous prohibitions approved by the Court of Appeal in R v Smith and others.
Another area in which Tony is frequently instructed to defend is in local authority prosecutions brought against restaurants, cafés and other food-based businesses for food hygiene and environmental health offences.
Tony also has knowledge of cases involving the trade in endangered species. CITES or the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna provides the framework while enforcement occurs via COTES which is the Control of Trade in Endangered Species regulations.
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Tony is a member of the LCCSA and is the Law Reform Officer on the Association's committee. He is on the Court Users Group at North London Magistrates Court, attends borough criminal justice group meetings and also participates in HMCTS's London Defence Engagement group.
Living in North London, Tony regularly plays badminton, loves listening to jazz, and is a long suffering supporter of Barnet FC.
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