Anthony Williamson SC

Burley Griffin Chambers


Anthony is one of the most experienced criminal barristers in the ACT, having enjoyed a long career as a prosecutor at the Office of the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions (ACT ODPP) before moving to the private bar. He held a number of senior positions as a prosecutor, including those of Chief Crown Prosecutor and Acting Director of Public Prosecutions. Anthony appeared to prosecute the most complex trials, sentencing proceedings, bail proceedings and pre-trial applications in the ACT Supreme Court. He would regularly assume the role of lead counsel in relation to the most complex appeals before the ACT Court of Appeal.

Anthony has considerable experience as an advocate before juries and at an appellate level. He has experience in relation to all major crime types, including homicide matters, sexual offences (including those involving children), drug trafficking, organised criminal groups, offences against the person, white collar crime/fraud and regulatory offences.

Anthony also has considerable expertise in litigation involving the confiscation of criminal assets and the proceeds of crime, having established and supervised the Confiscation of Criminal Assets Unit in the ACT ODPP.

Anthony also accepts briefs in relation to inquiry and inquest work, family violence matters, intentional torts, and administrative and human rights law (particularly insofar as these practice areas intersect with the criminal justice system and the conduct of law enforcement agencies).

Anthony was appointed as Senior Counsel (SC) for the ACT in 2022. He currently sits on the ACT Bar Council and is a member of the Criminal Law Sub-committee.

Contact Details

Phone: (02) 6230 6912

Admitted at the Bar: 2019
Appointed Silk: 2022
Seniority: Senior Counsel

Practice Areas

Criminal Appeals


Intentional torts

Crimes against the person
Juvenile justice
Mental illness
Proceeds of crime/money laundering
Property offences
Sexual assault
White collar and corporate crime
Work health and safety

Commissions and other inquiries
Coronial inquests

Civil and human rights
Judicial review and administrative law
Privacy/freedom of information
Proceeds of crime