“I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your hard work and help towards what was a fantastic result at court. I wish you all the very best in the future.”Client
Areas of law:
Advisory & Consultancy Work, Appeals Against Conviction and Sentence, Assault and Offences Against the Person, Civil Asset Recovery and Forfeiture, Drug Trafficking and Other Drug Offences, Fraud and Financial Crime, Firearm Offences, Homicide, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Internet Law and Computer Crime, Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and Confiscation, Military Law, Motoring Offences, Private Prosecutions, Regulatory Law, Robbery, Burglary, Theft and Handling
Tony is a solicitor-advocate based in the Bristol branch of our integrated Chambers. He began his career over 25 years ago in general practice, but his outstanding skills in the criminal courts quickly became apparent, and that is where he has practised exclusively since 2003.
Although Tony is accredited as a duty solicitor, enabling him to provide clients with advice and representation at both the Police station and the Magistrates Court, his clear talent for advocacy led him to attain the additional qualifications needed to provide a truly seamless service to his clients, by representing them before the Crown Court.
Tony now acts for clients accused of serious offences before the Crown Court in a variety of hearings, including jury trials. Known as a powerful and effective advocate, Tony combines subtlety with a flair for being combative when needed. He takes the time to carefully guide his clients through the often bewildering courtroom process using plain English, with clarity and empathy.
Tony is also fluent in French and German.
In accordance with the Solicitors’ Regulatory Transparency Rules for motoring offences we confirm that Tony Bignall charges Level A hourly rates.
R v S (2014) Acquittal after trial of Defendant charged with s18 GBH with intent, where it was alleged that they had driven a vehicle deliberately at the victim causing severe and extensive injuries. Disqualified from driving for 5 years following conviction for dangerous driving, then reduced on appeal to 3 years.
R v N (2016) Acquittal after trial of defendant charged with affray despite evidence from three Police officers that client at a rave had struck one of their colleagues with a bottle. Case turned on identification, client was prosecuted partly because was said to be the only one in a large group wearing a white coat. Identification appeared unshakeable until it emerged in defence cross-examination that photograph of client in Police station custody unit was viewed by identifying officers before they made their statements.
R v B (2016) Acquittal after trial of young client accused of sexual touching. Evidence of chief prosecution witness discredited after a passage from a report from Social Services (in unused material) revealed opinion of Social Worker that witness had a habit of making things up
R v RH and another  EWCA Crim 1754 - Successful appeal against sentence for child abduction, for which there were previously no guidelines. Client was child's grandfather who attempted to restore the child to the control of his mother (the client's daughter) by removing him from the control of his father. Case went straight to the full Court and the judgment now gives sentencing guidelines for this offence.