Anthony Johnston Sports

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



I acted both in the Employment Tribunal and in the Employment Appeals Tribunal in an unfair dismissal claim brought on behalf of the former Managing Director of a then football league club (Chester City) who had been dismissed following the club being taken over by American owners, who sought to assume control of all aspects of the football club. One of our main witnesses was Kevin Ratcliffe (captain of the highly successful Everton team in the mid-1980s), who had been manager of the club at the time and had himself resigned after falling out with the new owners. The claim was successful both before the Employment Tribunal and the EAT.

I successfully acted on behalf of the owner of a National Hunt racing yard in relation to multiple claims (including constructive unfair dismissal and sex discrimination) brought against him by the former Head Girl of the racing yard.


Personal Injury

Examples of past and current cases include :

  • Stewart Talbot v (1) Watford Football Club (2) Paul Robinson – A claim on behalf of a then Championship footballer (playing for Port Vale) who suffered a career-threatening compound fracture as the result of a dangerous on-field tackle. The claim involved expert evidence in relation to the tackle itself, the expert instructed on behalf of the Claimant with whom we had a detailed conference being Chris Kamara (of Sky Sports). The claim included a claim for the loss of the chance of playing in the Premiership and involved the use of a survey jointly undertaken by the PFA and The Independent newspaper in relation to the earnings of professional footballers. The claim settled shortly before trial.
  • Daniel Seaborne v The Junk Nightclub - A claim on behalf of another Championship footballer who suffered a career-threatening head injury as the result of an unlawful assault by door staff outside a night club. The Claimant’s then club (Southampton) were promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season in which the Claimant was injured. However, as a result of his injuries, the Claimant, who had been a first team regular at the time of his injury, never played for the first team again and subsequently forged a career playing in the lower leagues (he is currently plying his trade in the Scottish Premier League). The claim, which is ongoing, includes a claim for the loss of the chance of playing in the Premier League.
  • a claim on behalf of a National Hunt jockey against a racecourse in relation to injuries sustained in a fall arising out of an allegedly dangerous bend on the course. The case included expert evidence from a witness dealing with course design and safety.
  • a claim on behalf of a motor racing (touring car) driver, arising out of an accident which occurred in the paddock at Oulton Park Racing Circuit and which was caused by the negligent driving of a fellow competitor.
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