Anthony Rimmer

Anthony Rimmer is a highly experienced barrister who acts solely for the defence.

Anthony's practise encompasses all aspects of serious crime including homicide, complex fraud, serious sexual offences, drugs and money laundering.

He is instructed as leading counsel in serious cases –notably conspiracy to import and supply class A drugs, firearms, possession of firearms with intent to endanger life, historic sex offence cases and fraud. He has conducted numerous serious sect 18 OAP trials. He has experience dealing with complex and technical evidential issues and expert evidence across a number of fields

In late 2016 Anthony was leading counsel in a well publicised case at Chelmsford Crown Court involving burglars (joint enterprise) who shot a company director - alone in his home when they were disturbed. Anthony has particular expertise in prison law, human rights law and issues of disclosure and confiscation. He also receives instructions on judicial review issues in the Administrative Court.

He also continues to receive instructions in all of the above sub-areas of practice.  He has notable reported cases in property law, administrative law and criminal law.

Direct Access

Anthony Rimmer is approved to accept instructions direct from international and UK clients on a direct access basis, without the need for a solicitor intermediary in appropriate cases.

Notable Cases

Recent Cases

R v A(2015) – 14-year old acquitted of participation in a gang rape after a 7-week trial

R v M (2016) – clientacquitted of serious sexual offence

R v F (2016) – Anthony represented  in a serious number of sexual offences of victim wife

R v M (2016) - Anthony represented a paranoid schizophrenicdefendant in case of attempted murder

R v T (2017) - conspiracy to fraudulently evade a prohibition on importation, namely firearms; acquitted after legal submission

R v B (2017) – leading counsel in a wounding with intent, aggravated burglary and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life

R v R (2017)- Anthony represented in a kidnap off a street and serious sexual offences


R v W (2017) – Anthony represented in case of aone punch manslaughter’ of defendant’s best friend

Earlier Notable Cases

R v F (2009) – lead counsel in a multi-million pound conspiracy to defraud international companies in two separate trials in Birmingham and Winchester

R v P (2011) – lead defence counsel in case of illegal exports of electrical components to Iran;

R v T (2012) - conspiracy to blackmail. Anthony represented a chairman of a group of companies – issue with company debtors; acquitted after a 4-week trial

R v C (2013) –Anthony represented a 78-year old accused of sexual offences on family relations

R v S (2014) – Anthony represented in anattempted murder

R v B (2013) – Anthony representeda town clerk who committed fraud on funds of the council

R v R (2014) - Anthony represented principal defendant in a conspiracy to supply and import class A drugs

R v S (2015) - Anthony represented client acquitted of counts of GBH with intent (having pleaded to two other counts of GBH with intent arising out of same incident) went to a late night party armed with a bayonet; acquitted

R v V (2015) - hairdresser acquitted of sexual assault on a client

Professional Memberships

  • Gray’s Inn
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Called to the Irish Bar (1994)