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Anthony Bell - Crime

Anthony’s practice is predominantly in criminal defence work. He does not prosecute. The nature of the work he undertakes includes serious fraud of all descriptions, drugs conspiracies, money laundering, murder, rape and large scale disorder. He is familiar with the forfeiture, confiscation and civil recovery provisions of POCA. His cases are prosecuted by CPS, HMRC, CEOP, SOCA, HSE, VOSA & DBERR / DBIS, as well as local Trading Standards departments. He acts as a Junior and as a Leading Junior. He lives in London and works mainly in London and the Midlands.

He has recently joined the Regulatory Group.

Anthony is married with three children but still finds the time occasionally to watch Portsmouth FC.

Some of the more serious cases in which Anthony has appeared in the recent past have included: 

B & ots (2004-2006 Snaresbrook Crown Court)
Cocaine smuggling / crack-cocaine production / money laundering – the “Bling Bling Gang”

S (2005 Sheffield Crown Court)
The Defendant murdered his lover, subsequently hiding her body in barrel and laying a false trail by use of mobile phone messages

H (2006 Birmingham Crown Court)
Trafficking and then controlling women from eastern Europe for prostitution

N (2006 – 2007 Leeds Crown Court) 
Nationwide conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin

T (2007-2008 Birmingham Crown Court) 
Operation Ore prosecution brought by CEOP for incitement to distribute child pornography downloaded from the internet. The prosecution offered no evidence after lengthy pre-trial hearsay arguments.

S & ots (2007 – 2012 Birmingham Crown Court) 
Long-firm fraud and consequential appeal and confiscation proceedings

B (2009 Reading Crown Court) 
Murder by stabbing in Reading town centre. Unled and without a Junior

S (2009 Southwark Crown Court) 
Perverting the course of justice / perjury – the Defendant was an interpreter and translator who had lied on oath about his dealings with a corrupt local councilor

J (2010 Southwark Crown Court) 
Prosecution by HSE after a worker drowned in River Thames. Case stopped at half-time, and prosecution appeal against ruling not proceeded with

E & ots (2010 Bristol Crown Court)
Large scale defrauding of householders by pretending that building / repair works were necessary and / or had been carried out

M (2010 Gloucester Crown Court)
Laundering proceeds of theft of £1.5m from solicitors client accounts

J (2010 Warwick Crown Court) 
Indecent assault by Hindu priest on young people in whose homes he was staying

R (2010-2011 Bristol Crown Court)
VAT fraud in scrap metal industry

R (2010-12 Birmingham Crown Court) 
Car clamper prosecuted for conspiracy to defraud, consequential confiscation proceedings

H & ots (2011 Birmingham Crown Court)
Laundering the proceeds of a very large construction industry tax fraud

M (2011 Isleworth Crown Court)
Conspiracy to import £50m of cannabis

P & ots (2012 Wolverhampton Crown Court)
Large-scale conspiracy to burgle homes and steal expensive vehicles)

B (2012 CCC)
Murder and subsequent hiding of body


BA (Hons)



Choudhury [1996] 2 Cr.App.R 484 (VAT Act 1983 section 39(3) / drafting of Indictment)

Sookoo The Times, April 10, 2002 (Perverting the course of justice)

Bianco [2002] 1 Archbold News 2 (Duress – withdrawing defence from Jury)

Eubank [2002] 1 Cr.App.R.(S) 4 (Need for separate count alleging possession of firearm in Robbery Indictment when in issue)