5SAH wishes to pay tribute to Tony Prosser who has retired after 34 years in practice. Tony joined Chambers as a pupil in 1985. At that time Chambers was based at 1 Harcourt Buildings under the stewardship of Tony Cripps QC. After gaining tenancy, Tony went on to specialise in crime, largely in the Kent courts where he became universally popular with Judges and barristers alike. He provided very substantial service to Chambers, most notably in his role as Deputy Head of Chambers for 15 years. Tony deputised for HHJ Griffiths, the late Simon Draycott Q.C. and, more recently, David Josse Q.C.
In the mid-2000s it was Tony who spearheaded Chambers’ drive to purchase a building and move away from the Temple. Since then, Chambers has gone from strength to strength and Tony has contributed immeasurably to that process. He will be sorely missed by members and staff alike.
When HHJ Adele Williams spoke at her recent valedictory she listed the things that she would miss most in retirement. It is fitting that the list included her being able to observe Tony Prosser cross-examining a defendant.
Tony is retiring to a remote part of Scotland where, we understand, he intends to pursue his passions for fly fishing and beekeeping. His phone will be off, however, in due course, Chambers looks forward to welcoming Tony back to London for an event to mark his exceptional contribution to our set. We offer him and his wife our heartfelt best wishes for the future.