Areas of Expertise
Anthony has a broad practice spanning commercial, regulatory and employment law. Instructions are received both via direct access and from solicitors.
He is “Top Ranked” by the current edition of Chambers UK Bar Guide and a “Leading Junior” by the current edition of The Legal 500.
“Anthony Vines of Civitas Law has a stellar reputation for work in commercial disputes. Instructing solicitors praise him for being ‘thorough and responsive’, and say he is ‘a very precise performer who can deal very well with situations as they arise’.’” Chambers UK Bar Guide (2013)
Expertise: “He goes above and beyond his role to help the case progress.” “He's very approachable and very understanding of the position of the client.” Chambers UK Bar Guide (2015)
“Knowledgeable in all aspects of commercial litigation, including consumer law and contractual disputes.’’ The Legal 500 (2014)
“Recommended for general contractual and consumer protection cases.” The Legal 500 (2015)
Top ranked for Commercial Dispute Resolution and Employment (Chambers UK Bar Guide 2015)
Leading Junior - Commercial, Business & Insolvency, Employment and Regulatory (The Legal 500 2015)
Anthony has acted as mediator in a wide range of disputes both within a community and a commercial setting.
Commercial mediations have addressed issues of contract, construction, employment, professional negligence, planning, valuation and land.
Community mediations have included neighbourhood issues, noise nuisance, racism, homophobia and difficulties arising from medical issues.
Anthony qualified as an accredited mediator with CEDR (1995), with Southwark Mediation Centre (1998) and with ADR Group (2004).
Anthony advises and represents individuals, businesses and regulators on a range of contentious and non-contentious aspects of public administration and decision-making, which can involve consideration of Welsh legislation.
Advising on the fairness of selection procedures within a political party
Advising on the possible commercial uses of the electoral register
Advising and representing in respect of claims made against a local authority under the Data Protection Act 1998
Representing the Welsh Government in prosecutions under care home and child care legislation
Representation of various interested parties during inquests
Advising in relation to pay, conditions and appraisal procedures for teachers
Re-drafting policies and procedures for a local authority
Advising a business in relation to the public law remedies for a grant scheme
Advising a local authority consortium on a joint venture public/private company
Advising a police force as to the operation of a charity
Advice and representation in relation to claims under child maintenance legislation
Advice concerning the regulation of fisheries
Advice and representation in respect of cash procedures under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
Advising in disciplinary proceedings
Representing the Independent Police Complaints Commission within disciplinary proceedings
Represented Bridgend CBC in the Public Inquiry before Professor Pennington arising from the 2005 outbreak of E. Coli 0157
Health and Safety Lawyers' Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Administrative Law Bar Association
Anthony has recently presented a lecture to local authority lawyers on the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.
Advises in range of commercial matters whether involving individuals or business-to-business transactions. Often the cases are complex and have a lending, regulatory or fraud flavour. Can assist with issues at different stages whether the review of terms and conditions, consideration of representations and promotion, performance, enforcement and debt recovery. Practising also as a mediator, he can support parties towards resolution.
Anthony's expertise in this area has been recognised by the independent directories for some years.
Recommended for commercial dispute resolution work: “Personable and conscientious.” The Legal 500 (2018)
“Barrister with a diverse practice which includes cases concerning statutory demands, injunction proceedings and construction disputes. He also receives a significant number of instructions in regulatory and fraud cases. In addition to undertaking litigation he serves as a mediator.”
"He is very personable and has a good eye for detail. He puts clients at their ease and is thorough in his preparations." Chambers UK Bar Guide (2018)
“Acts for both businesses and individuals in a range of commercial disputes. He regularly advises and represents in consumer protection matters, contract and lending disputes, and company disputes.”
“Knowledgeable in all aspects of commercial litigation, including consumer law and contractual disputes.” The Legal 500 (2014)
“Recommended for general contractual and consumer protection cases” The Legal 500 (2015)
Anthony Vines (Band 1)
Has a broad practice which covers contractual, construction, employment, professional negligence and planning litigation. He also regularly acts as a mediator in a wide range of disputes.
Recent work: He was instructed on one of the claims arising from the Gwent Fleet Management fraud which left both finance houses and consumers with title disputes over cars.
Chambers UK Bar Guide (2014)
“Anthony Vines of Civitas Law has a stellar reputation for work in commercial disputes. Instructing solicitors praise him for being "thorough and responsive," and say he is "a very precise performer who can deal very well with situations as they arise.” Chambers UK Bar Guide (2013)
Health and Safety Lawyers' Association
London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
Anthony receives instructions in connection with a range of cases including building disputes over contractual obligations, planning enforcement and environmental matters such as statutory nuisances and pollution.
He is also instructed in the more technical cases involving enforcement by injunction and prosecutions. Anthony is one for the few appointed in 2012 to List A of the Panel of Specialist Regulatory Advocates for health and safety & environmental law.
“Recommended for building and statutory nuisance disputes and planning enforcement.” The Legal 500 (2018)
"He is very personable and has a good eye for detail. He puts clients at their ease and is thorough in his preparations." Chambers’ UK Bar (2018)
Previously a CPS Grade 4 prosecutor in connection with Welfare, Health and Rural Affairs.
Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association
Administrative Law Bar Association
Delivered presentation to local authority officers on behalf of the Welsh Government in relation to fly-tipping.
Recent advisory work has included advising as to the operation of the school pay regime in Wales and in relation to the teacher appraisal system.
Previous instructions have included bringing judicial review proceedings on behalf of a head teacher arising from an OFSTED inspection (R v Chief Inspector of Schools for England ex parte Hill  EWHC 71)
Anthony advises and represents claimants, unions and also employers ranging from central and local government, police forces, companies and trusts on issues arising from the employment relationship.
Advises and represents in range of claims under the Equality Act 2010 (race, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment), whistle-blowing and unfair dismissal
Relevant proceedings may be within the jurisdiction of the employment tribunal or the civil courts.
Anthony has been appointed since 2008 to the Welsh Government panel for employment matters resulting in him advising and representing the Welsh Ministers.
Anthony also handles the mediation of employment-based disputes.
“Possesses considerable expertise in acting for both employees and employers.” "Extremely bright and quick at getting to the point. He is good at winning clients over." Chambers’ UK Bar Guide (2018)
‘Highly experienced in discrimination claims and unfair dismissals.’ The Legal 500 (2018)
‘His expertise includes TUPE-related issues, unfair dismissal and restrictive covenants.’ The Legal 500 (2015)
"He is very approachable and gives excellent advice." Chambers' UK Bar Guide (2015)
“Has a broad employment practice, and acts for a wide range of clients including trusts and local authorities.” Chambers’ UK Bar Guides (2014)
Anthony Vines is highly regarded for his tribunal and advisory work for union-represented claimants. He also provides mediation services for multiparty disputes.' Chambers UK Bar Guide (2013)
Appeared in Employment Appeal Tribunal in misconduct dismissal claim where there had been breaches of company policy (PW v CMS Ltd)
Represented IPCC in police disciplinary hearing
Advised business as to minimum wage in respect of sleep-in social care staff
Represented HMRC in minimum wage proceedings
Advised business as to the National Minimum Wage and the government scheme of naming and shaming
Acted for client in claim for fees by concerning employment agency
Advised as to the appraisal and pay regime of teachers in Wales
Advised on application of TUPE within tender proposals
Acted for a group of claimants alleging unfair dismissal arising from protected disclosures on issues of health and safety
Advised an employer on proceedings to enforce post-termination provisions
Advised public authorities in connection with application of TUPE and pension liability in connection with joint venture company
Acting for an employer on claims made alleging breaches of the national minimum wage legislation
Acting for an employer successfully defending allegations of a pregnancy-related dismissal
Advised an employee on TUPE-related enhanced redundancy arrangements from the Civil Service Pension Scheme
Advised local authority in health and safety appeal to employment tribunal
Advised central government as to termination package of senior executive
Legal adviser to disciplinary committee
Employment Lawyers’ Association
‘His broad expertise includes trading standards matters and inquest law.’ The Legal 500 (2014)
Anthony's representation at inquests has included:
Police custody and prison
a husband in respect of a suspected assisted suicide/manslaughter of his wife
a product manufacturer where there were issues over the role of the product in the death
Anthony represented Bridgend CBC and its officers in the Public Inquiry arising from the 2005 outbreak of e. Coli 0157 in South Wales. The 8-week inquiry by Professor Hugh Pennington covered the regulation of meat, environmental health services, school meals provision and medical services in Caerphilly, Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taff.
Anthony also receives instructions in a range of health and safety matters sometimes including fatalities.
Anthony handles damages claims usually from road traffic matters acting on behalf of claimants and defendants drawing upon his experience, skills and expertise in adjacent areas including health & safety, product liability and employment law.
Anthony has considerable experience in credit hire having advised on contractual and credit matters for many years.
Anthony has handled a range of work for local police forces and for the Independent Police Complaints Commission both in Cardiff and in London.
Appeals in respect of firearms and licensed premises.
Employment, charitable and pension matters
Inquests arising from deaths in custody and manslaughter investigations
Managing various substantial standard and e-disclosure exercises
Recent work for the IPCC has included in the misconduct proceedings against CC Gargan, Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset.
Anthony advises property owners and regulators in relation to the various private and public law aspects of land and property rights.
In relation to land, this has included the regulated areas of rights of way, wildlife protection, listed buildings, statutory nuisances and houses of multiple occupation. Anthony also advises in relation to private law rights including leaseholder covenants and water supplies.
Anthony also has received instructions as lead mediator in relation to private law property disputes.
Anthony has also advised in relation to manorial titles, trade marks and copyright.
Anthony is instructed in the more complex regulatory and public law matters. Frequently there may be issues regarding trading, licensing or enforcement and he is used to appearing in many different forums.
Anthony is instructed by local authorities, regulators, government departments, police authorities, businesses such as the Royal Mail, and individuals in advisory work, court and/or tribunal hearings concerning trading standards and environmental health to care standards, planning enforcement, education, inquests and fraud.
Appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel in 2001, he has prosecuted on behalf of the principal regulators. Anthony was appointed in 2012 to List A of Specialist Regulatory Advocates for health and safety and environmental matters. He has since 2005 been on the panel of the Welsh Government in connection with regulatory and criminal matters. He has considerable experience in handling EU Regulations and expert evidence concerning statutory defences, procedures and abuse of process.
“Barrister with a diverse practice which includes cases concerning statutory demands, injunction proceedings and construction disputes. He also receives a significant number of instructions in regulatory and fraud cases.”
Strengths: "He is always sensible and is a good operator." Chambers’ UK Bar (2018)
“Sagacious and amicable”; ‘Experienced in planning enforcement and statutory nuisance disputes.’ The Legal 500 (2018)
‘Experienced in professional regulation, inquests and licensing breach disputes.’ The Legal 500 (2016)
“He is very good intellectually in terms of analysing the case.” Chambers’ UK Bar (2016)
‘His practice includes health and safety, food safety, trading standards and animal welfare.’ The Legal 500 (2015)
‘His broad expertise includes trading standards matters and inquest law.’ The Legal 500 (2014)
"Civitas Law's Anthony Vines has a national practice covering complex health and safety cases." The Legal 500 (2013)
Instructed by defendant local authority in relation to fatal health and safety case
Appeared in successful public inquiry before Traffic Commissioner acting for vehicle operator licence holder and transport manager
Appeared in successful appeal against company director’s disqualification following many filing convictions
Instructed by property developer in relation to the disputed liability under Community Infrastructure Levy
Instructed by company director in Companies House prosecution where allegations of internal fraud: prosecution dropped
Appeared for police force in Crown Court firearms appeal and advised in subsequent judicial review
Instructed by defendant fire risk assessor in relation to serious fire regulations prosecution concerning many commercial premises
Instructed for prosecuting Council in fatal case concerning failure of gate (2013-6)
Instructed by individual in respect of listing building enforcement matter
Instructed by major business in respect of food labelling and hygiene issues
Instructed by property developer in relation to the pollution investigation by NRW
Instructed by Belfast City Council in successful prosecution of Flicks Restaurant (Moviehouse Cinemas (Yorkgate) Limited) arising from 2012 outbreak of e. Coli O157 where 141 confirmed cases (2013-15)
Instructed by regulator in highly sensitive disclosure exercise
Instructed by regulator in relation to sensitive misconduct application (2015)
Instructed in various fraud cases involving companies and/or the NHS including R v Shurn (2015) EWCA Crim 1680
Have prosecuted on behalf of the Royal Mail in private prosecutions for dishonesty offences in Crown and magistrates' court
Instructed in relation to noise nuisance injunction and prosecution (2014)
Instructed by defence re health and safety incident (2014)
Instructed in inquest where potential issue of assisted suicide (2014)
Instructed for company in relation to the breaches of licence for house of multiple occupation (2013)
Advised in relation to lawfulness of regulator's actions (2013)
Advised defence in relation to food hygiene prosecution (2013)
Reviewed local authority procedures and documentation in relation to public protection (2013)
Instructed for prosecution of contempt allegations in relation to Crown Court confiscation proceedings (2013)
Instructed for the Defence in pair of serious workplace accidents (Cambridge Crown Court 2012)
Instructed by HSE in prosecution of local authority arising from the death of a disabled man in a hoist (2012)
Acted for Welsh Ministers in care home neglect prosecution: R v Smyth (2012)
Successfully acted for defendant trader in nationwide prosecutions for offences contrary to unfair trading regulations (2011-12)
Have prosecuted fraud cases to trial for regulatory authority
Advised local authority in relation to social care provision
Instructed by Welsh Ministers for CSSIW prosecution
Acted for public authority in relation to three-week inquest where death in care and subsequent human rights claims (2011-12)
Instructed by Wrexham CBC in prosecution of takeaway owner for 2009 outbreak of E. Coli 0157: R v Aslan (2011)
Instructed by Welsh Ministers in case concerning abuse of TB regime: R v Price (2011)
Instructed in prosecution of retailer of modchips for Xbox, Nintendo and Sony Playstation under copyright, trade marks and money-laundering legislation. Business turned over £850,000 over two years. Restraint proceedings and funds being removed from the jurisdiction. Case appealed unsuccessfully on whether a copy within copyright legislation was created. R v Gilham  EWCA Crim 2293 CA  WLR (D) 324
Represented Bridgend CBC at the Public Inquiry chaired by Professor Pennington into the 2005 South Wales outbreak of E. coli 0157. Evidence concerned public procurement, food hygiene and school management.
Caerphilly CBC, RCT CBC & Bridgend CBC v Tudor – Led by Graham Walters in prosecution of butcher for marketing of unsafe food and food hygiene offences arising from 2005 e. coli outbreak resulting in death of Mason Jones. Managed substantial disclosure process involving 9 counsel.
Successfully defended individual accused of deliberately disturbing a dormouse habitat: R v Jones
Defended individual prosecuted arising from substantial skip hire business and unlawful dumping: R v James
Acted for product manufacturer at inquest