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Anthony Morris

Anthony Morris has experience in the Crown Court, Administrative Court, Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and the Supreme Court (House of Lords as it was then). He specialises in particularly complex and serious crime.

Anthony Morris defence barrister
Anthony Morris, criminal defence barrister

Career highlights

Call: 1980

Since he was called to the Bar in 1980 Anthony’s range of practice in recent years has included murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, human trafficking, sexual offences, particularly involving children and vulnerable witnesses, major drug cases including importation, high level frauds and money laundering along with associated ancillary proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act and for last ten years a preponderance of serious conspiracies to rape cases.

Anthony Morris CV
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Notable cases

R v W 2019 (Fraud)

A business fraud by one partner on another which spilled over into defrauding the other partner into eventually stripping the other of his personal wealth too. The unusual feature is that in the POCA the prosecution sought to use S22 to seek to increase the benefit figure by adding the money value to the benefit figure based on the length of time between the date of arrest to the date of the confiscation hearing. The arguments against included the spirit of The Law commissions current inquiry into a more realistic POCA recovery procedure; R 44 (Apr) v S [2019] EWCA Crim 569, [2019] All ER (D) s 22; R v Peacock [2012] UKSC 5, [2012] 2 All ER 257; R v Leon John [2014] EWCA Crim 1240); R v Mundy (Ian James) [2018] EWCA 105 (Crim)).

R v L 2016-2019 (Sexual offences)

One of a series of trials Anthony defended when he was either led by Queens Counsel or was the leading junior (later changed into a television drama). The preparation for this case began in 2015 as it was a long and complicated one, which because of appeals only concluded in 2019. The defendant was the father of three complainants’ in one of the series of sex abuse trials in the North West (Rochdale). In this trial there were nine co-accused and many thousands of pages of evidence and a similar amount of unused material including ABE’s with the defendant’s wife. One of the defendant’s daughters alleged that he had ‘pimped her out for sex’ to his co-defendants in exchange for class A drugs. A complex case not least because of the efforts required to obtain disclosure of the undisclosed part of an inquiry into the failings of the Local Authority.

R v S 2018 (Historic sex offences)

A three-week trial on historic sex abuse against an ex-manager of two care homes in Derby. There was a total of 29 witness including nine complainants and corroborative witness. The unusual feature in this case was that the defendant in-between his police interviews and the PTPH developed dementia and the Crown insisted on proceeding with the ‘unfit for trial’ procedure. Nevertheless, because there were evidential issues to challenge, despite not having a lay client throughout the trial Anthony obtained acquittals in four of the cases involving different complainants. Again, one issue which assisted in defending was pursuing unused material obtained from the Local Authority.

R v MT 2018 (Drug offences)

A drugs conspiracy between gangs in the Midlands and Manchester with 90,000 pages of uploaded evidence plus unused material to prove my lay client’s role.