Anthony Smith


Anthony joined Burton Copeland in 2004 and qualified as a solicitor in February 2014. He is police station accredited and has extensive experience of representing suspects at the police station in relation to the full range of criminal offences.

Anthony is a member of the Crown Court team and is involved in preparing Serious and General Crime cases. In addition to dealing with Serious and General Crime, Anthony also has experience in dealing with cases of fraud and money laundering, as well as advising on matters under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Notable cases:

R v T – represented the lead defendant in a multi-handed conspiracy in relation to an undercover drugs operation in which 5.5kg of cocaine (with a street value £1.2 million) was supplied to undercover police officers. Client receives sentence at the bottom end of the Sentencing Council guidelines. Manchester Evening News Report.

R v W – represented a female defendant charged with assisting an offender who is alleged to have assisted a suspect in evading capture following an alleged serious Section 18 wounding. The defendant was acquitted after a lengthy trial.

R v F – represented a suspect at the police station arrested in relation to a gangland shooting. The client was eventually acquitted following a lengthy trial. MEN Coverage

R v R – represented a suspect arrested in relation to a complex money laundering offence involving construction companies. The total value was in excess of £22 million. The client was released with no further action taken.

R v T - represented one of 17 Defendants charged with large scale complex mortgage frauds

R v R - represented "the lieutenant" in a large scale Conspiracy to Supply Class A and Class B drugs throughout North Wales, Manchester, and Merseyside. Our client was one of over 30 defendants. BBC Coverage

R v T – represented a defendant charged with robbery by use of a Smith & Wesson handgun. No evidence was offered after exploiting weaknesses in the Crown’s case.

R v M – represented a defendant charged with being a co-conspirator in a sophisticated international money laundering operation valued at over £500,000. A very reasonable basis of plea was negotiated with the Crown, with only a short term of imprisonment resulting. Proceeds of Crime was discontinued and early release from prison was also secured for Mr M on the Home Detention Curfew.