Antony Hook

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Antony Hook

Call: 2003


Legal work

2010-2013 Crown Advocate, CPS, Grade 3

Head of Fraud and Confiscation for CPS in Cambridgeshire. Conducted or oversaw about £3.5 million of confiscation litigation and obtained around 140 asset restraint orders. Led Cambridgeshire’s POCA work to make it one of the best performing CPS areas in the country. Pioneered systematic use of POCA s. 22 by CPS to revisit available assets in old confiscation cases.

Prosecuted as advocate or reviewing lawyer large-scale fraud and other serious cases including:
Operation Pecan – organised thefts across England of highly endangered birds.

R v S and others – theft and fraud of £2 million

R v M and others – MOD corruption and bribery case following investigation by MOD Police and reporting directly to the Attorney General’s office on developments and decisions in the case.

R v A and others – 11-handed “crash for cash” insurance fraud case.

R v B and others – 3-handed fraud of a national criminal group arranging for driving tests to be taken by imposters generating six-digit criminal profits.

R v AS – six-digit figure money laundering case of funds between England and Africa and with victims in Canada, Scandinavia, Middle East, Africa.

R v NW – fraudulent furniture business with several dozen victims throughout UK and Eire.

Re v D – fraudulent car leasing company.

R v H & L – organised professional burlgaries.

R v P – attempted murder (frenzied stabbing).


2004-2010 Practice at the criminal bar

Cases included:

Court of Appeal
R v Monaghan and others [2009] All ER (D) 225, effect on sentence of a curfew while bail during transition to new provisions. Also conducted trial at first instance (multi-handed armed robbery).

R v Colin Moore 2009
Unfairness of summing up by judge in trial of issue for a severely handicapped defendant.
High Court

Visvaratnam v Brent Magistrates’ Court (2010) 174 JP 61. Successful judicial review following adjournment and prosecution failure to warn key witness.

Nicola v Enfield Youth Court [2008] All ER (D) 94. Successful judicial review of delay of trial for young defendant. Also, a precedent forcosts against the CPS rather than central funds (protecting the legal aid budget).

R (on app of Costello) v North East Essex Magistrates’ Court [2006] All ER (D) 294. Successful judicial review of refusal to adjourn when defendant and his key witness had faced a grievous trauma shortly before trial. Art 6 ECHR engaged.

Khan v Waltham Forest Justices [2007] All ER (D) 29. Judicial review of delay in committal proceedings. Important strong obiter remarks against unofficial “one free adjournment” policy that had taken hold in some London magistrates’ courts.

Cebelis v Lithuania [2006] All ER (D) 251. Early case on requirements on European Arrest Warrant, in particular whether facts cited on the EAW must bear relationship to legal provisions cited on it; whether challenge can be made on basis that requesting state will endanger defendant’s ECHR rights.
2003-2004Civil and criminal pupillage at 5 Essex Court, Chambers of Simon Freeland QC.

Non-Legal Work

Adviser to Local Human Trafficking Awareness Groups in South East England
November 2013 – May 2014
Liberal Democrat Candidate for the European Parliament
Executive Chairman of the Campaign to Re-elect Catherine Bearder MEP

Contributor to “We can cut crime”, Liberal Democrat White Paper on crime.


2004, MA in Law, City University,
2002-2003, Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law
2001-2002, Postgraduate Diploma in Law, City University
1998-2001, BA (Hons) History, UCL

Other awards and positions

2010-present, School governor
2002, Royal Society of Arts, Young Leader of the Year
2000-2002, Trustee of the British Youth Council