Director – Senior Partner – Solicitor – Crown Court Advocate
Registered COLP and COFA as required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
Being the Senior Partner and Director in Dennings Solicitors Limited, Antony Schiller has been a Solicitor for over 25 years having undertaken his “Articles” (now known as a training contract) with the Birmingham firm Maurice Putsman & Co in the early 1980’s. After a brief spell as an assistant solicitor with Griffiths & Co in Yardley, Birmingham he joined Bonser & Dawes in Oldbury where he was a partner for 9 years. He remained in the “Black Country” and became a partner at Millichips solicitors of West Bromwich. In 2008 he was one of the founding partners of Dennings LLP Solicitors (now recently incorporated and know as Dennings Solicitors Limited. During this time, he has undertaken a variety of legal work (including delivering lectures to the legal profession) but in recent years, he has specialised in Criminal Litigation and Taxi Licensing work.
More recently Antony has also been representing an number of individuals in defending extradition pursuant to “European Arrest Warrants” . This has involved a number of court appearances in the City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London which is the court in the United Kingdom where all extradition cases are heard.
During his legal career, he has conducted numerous cases in the Magistrates, Youth and Crown Courts.. Some of his more complex Crown Court matters have ended up in the Divisional Court and Court of Appeal. Antony has been a qualified Duty Solicitor for over 25 years. He was also one of the first group of solicitors to obtain Higher Rights to enable him to appear in all the Criminal Courts. He is experienced in assisting defendants with every kind of criminal/motoring prosecution including (inter alia) extremely serious matters such as conspiracies, murder, fraud, Public Order Act/violence offences, robberies etc. He deals with all kinds of defence work whether the proceedings are brought by the police (CPS), Local Authority, Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), HMRC or any other prosecuting authority. He has also handled multi-defendant cases and proceedings which have required the use of interpreters (spoken and sign language). This also includes where necessary representing those clients in custody.
For over 25 years Antony has been representing the” taxi trade”, both in the West Midlands and nationwide. He has considerable experience representing private hire and hackney drivers as well as taxi operators. This involves him regularly appearing before taxi committees nationwide conducting appeals against the decisions made by taxi committees to both the Magistrates Court and to the Crown Court. Antony conducts the advocacy himself whenever possible and he has a large following of taxi drivers, taxi associations and taxi companies nationwide whom regularly instruct him to undertake a variety of taxi licensing work on their behalf.
Antony has become involved in complex matters which have ended up being reported in “Law Reports”. He has also successfully challenged (in court) on behalf of the “taxi trade” licensing conditions being proposed by Local Authorities.
Antony is proud to be a preferred solicitor/advocate for the NPHA (National Private Hire Association) regularly representing members with their “taxi “related issues nationwide. He is also the approved solicitor/advocate for a number of ” taxi driver associations” and “taxi bases” helping them with a variety of taxi related issues. Through his involvement with the NPHA there is now available to members “badge protection insurance” which has been negotiated with one of the leading legal expense insurance companies ARAG. Full details are available on request of the extent of this insurance cover.
Antony is able to converse in Hungarian and has developed close links with the Hungarian community in the United Kingdom and in Hungary. He has through these connections represented Hungarian nationals in extremely complex criminal cases especially “People Trafficking” and fraud/dishonesty matters. This includes representation at the police station stage after arrest and also in court. Indeed he has recently represented a number of Hungarian nationals defending Extradition Proceedings following arrests under European Arrest Warrants. He has also forged close links with Hungarian lawyers and interpreters to assist in the provision of legal services and assistance to Hungarians in the United Kingdom and those individuals in Hungary requiring legal services from a United Kingdom solicitors practice. This has even involved travelling to Hungary to take instructions from Hungarians who face proceedings in the United Kingdom.
He also has vast experience of preparing cases with the use of a variety of expert witnesses (including interpreters of many languages) and where necessary experienced Counsel.