Anthony Johnston Personal Injury

Call: 1993


Anthony has practised in Birmingham throughout his professional life, starting at 1 Fountain Court before moving to St Philips following the merger of those two sets in 2002.

Anthony now practices predominantly in the fields of employment and personal injury, in which he undertakes a wide variety of work, as well as acting for claimants in civil actions against both police and prison authorities. The Legal 500 2010, note him to be the ultimate professional and ideal counsel for those complex matters that just need that something extra. In addition to these core areas of his practice, Anthony also continues to undertake some criminal work, something which he has done throughout his time at the Bar, having particular experience in defending in cases involving serious sexual offences.

Anthony is fluent in written and spoken Italian, having previously lived and worked in Italy.

He also has a good working knowledge of French and Spanish, having studied the former to A-Level

What the directories say:

“The ultimate professional and the ideal counsel for those complex matters that just need that something extra.”   The Legal 500 2010

Reported Cases:

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust v Westwood UKEAT/0032/09

Qualifications and Appointments:

Bromsgrove School
BA (Hons) Cantab (Magdalene College, Law)


Employment Lawyers Association
Employment Law Bar Association

Personal Injury

Anthony is an experienced personal injury practitioner and regularly undertakes both advocacy and advisory work in all areas of personal injury litigation, including all forms of employers liability claims, road traffic accident claims, occupiers liability claims, Fatal Accidents Act claims and highway cases. He acts predominantly, although not exclusively for Claimants.

Anthony has a particular interest in the field of sports injury law and his experience in this area includes both appearing for and advising professional footballers in relation to injuries sustained on the field of play.

Anthony also has substantial experience in pursuing personal injury claims arising out of the alleged misuse of powers and/or negligence on the part of the police and prison authorities.

In addition to his mainstream personal injury practice, Anthony has extensively advised and represented Appellants in appeals against awards made by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

Anthony is prepared to accept instructions on a CFA basis

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Catastrophic injuries

Anthony has considerable experience of acting for clients involved in serious accidents or subjected to serious assaults, including claims resulting in the loss of limbs, the loss of sight and permanent brain damage. He has substantial experience of advising upon cases involving large numbers of experts from different medical disciplines and in drafting the complex Schedules of Loss that are an inevitable feature of such cases.

Anthony's experience includes acting on behalf of a former prison inmate who suffered severe permanent brain damage as the result of an assault at the hands of a fellow inmate whom the authorities knew to be a danger, and a claim on behalf of a young female Claimant who suffered a traumatic amputation of her right dominant arm as a result of the same being dragged under the wheel of a coach.

Anthony also has parallel experience of conducting appeals/hearings in respect of CICA claims arising out of catastrophic injuries sustained as a result of violent crime, including cases involving permanent brain damage and the permanent loss of sight.

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Fatal Accidents

Anthony has considerable experience of dealing with cases under the Fatal Accidents Act, including mesothelioma and COPD cases, and claims arising out of industrial accidents. He is experienced both in advising the families of the deceased in the difficult circumstances of such cases and in drafting complex schedules of dependency.

Anthony also has experience of dealing with cases arising out of deaths in police custody and/or as a result of the alleged excessive use of force in the exercise of police powers.

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Industrial Disease

Anthony has experience of dealing with cases involving a wide range of industrial diseases and/or work-related conditions, including work-related stress, mesothelioma, COPD, HAVS and WRULD.

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