Practice Summary

Jonathan has significant trial experience of criminal defence and civil fraud, having been instructed as leading counsel in numerous cases.

With a strategic legal mind he takes a tactical approach to his cases. Whilst having attention to detail, he nonetheless  keeps an eye on the bigger picture. His arguments are clear, he is well known for effective, poignant and incisive cross examination.

He inspires confidence and builds good relationships with both professional and lay clients; he is known to be easy to work with and approachable.

Jonathan has appeared in most courts, including the Supreme Court, Privy Council, Court of Appeal and High Court and has been called on a case by case basis in the Cayman Islands.

Whilst continuing to do criminal cases, Jonathan has developed on his practice to include more civil and regulatory work.

Most recent reported cases  include R v Roddis Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) [2020] EWCA Crim 396 , an appeal against convictions for terrorist offences based on new evidence that the Appellant was autistic.  R v Byrne and others [2021] EWCA Crim 107 a case concerned a carbon credit fraud, bad character and the admissibility of “dubious” expert evidence.

Crime: Jonathan has defended in most types of criminal cases including  fraud; terrorism; drug offences; money laundering; sex offences and murder. He has been instructed as leading counsel to defend in a number of murder trials and  has experience of gang related cases, including: murder, where an AK47 was used as the murder weapon;  the notorious Nunes footballer murder, alleged drug related assassination of a young footballer in the Midlands.  

He is reported in the case of R v Athwal (a so called honour killing) Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) [2009] EWCA Crim 789, where he acted for the appellant at trial and on appeal.

Culmer v Queen Privy Council (Bahamas) [1997] 1 W.L.R. 1296, acted for the appellant on appeal from the Bahamas. 

He successfully represented the deputy commissioner of police in “Operation Tempura”. The defendant was charged with perverting the course of justice and misfeasance in public office. Tempura was an investigation conducted by the Metropolitan Police into alleged corruption in the Cayman Islands. The investigation involved the arrest, suspension of senior police officers and a High Court Judge.

Jonathan has represented defendants in Courts Martial hearings both in the UK and in Germany.

Instructed by the union, he successfully represented a prison officer alleged to have assaulted  a prisoner in the execution of his duty.

Experience of the most serious of driving offences, including the successful defence of a lorry driver who tragically killed three others in an accident.

 

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Fraud & Money Laundering

Banking finance frauds, VAT, Duty frauds, cheating revenue, money laundering, particular expertise money laundering arising out of Hawala banking transactions.

VAT fraud, Southwark, common law and statutory offences of cheating revenue.

Diversion duty frauds

Represented and advised a former director of US firm Peregrine Systems, involved extradition and , liaising with the DoJ California and SEC in UK. This case followed on the form “Nat West 3”, able to pre-arrange bail in the USA following extradition, with conditions allowing defendant to return to the UK.

Common law cheating revenue, failure to declare tax

Lottery winner alleged to have defrauded her husband

Money laundering including interesting case Hawala banking and how regarded as suspicious by the revenue, include cross border evidence form Middle East

Particular expertise in understanding Mortgage Fraud

Recently Litigated £20m alleged fraud involving collapse of a hotel group, losses to bank amounted to in excess of £45m.

Criminal prosecutions arising out of bankruptcy

Appeal and drafted referrals ot the CCRC, case ongoing appeal ocnivction of an alleged terror suspect.

Regulatory, Professional Discipline & Business Crime

Trade descriptions, fire safety, consumer protection unfair trading , Nursing Midwifery Council, Royal College Nurses,

Defendants charged with trade descriptions, acted for defendant said to be the largest counterfeit goods of recent times, defendant extradited from Spain by Local Authority.

Presented cases of the Nursing Midwifery Council and represented nurses instructed by the Royal College Nurses. Trained other barristers in the relevant procedure.

Acted for defendant whose business was alleged to contravene the Consumer Protection Unfair trading regulations.

Police law specialist covering the following areas: Public inquires, regulatory, misconduct proceedings, Misfeasance in a public office civil claims.

Acted for deputy commissioner of police, “Operation Tempura” charged with perverting the course of justice and misfeasance in public office. Tempura was an investigation conducted by the Metropolitan Police into alleged corruption in the Cayman Islands, involved the arrest of suspension of senior police officers and a High Court Judge.

Jonathan has acted in regulatory matters in the criminal courts, including offences under the Environmental Permitting Regulations, the Trade Descriptions Act,  Health and Safety, Fire Safety and Consumer Protection Regulations. He acted for the defendant, in one of the largest counterfeit goods cases where the defendant was extradited from Spain by the Local Authority.  Recently he acted for the defendant charged with significant Environmental Offences, both in the crown court and court of appeal.  That case culminated in a confiscation order for £2 million.

Asset Seizure and Forfeiture

Experienced in all manner of POCA confiscation proceedings, asset tracing, civil and criminal recovery, High Court freezing orders.

 

International Public & Trade Law

Jonathan has been called Called to Caymanian Bar on case by case basis, appeal to Privy Council from Bahamas and Jamaica, extradition to US, liaising with DoJ in California and SEC.

Acted for deputy commissioner of police, “Operation Tempura” charged with perverting the course of justice and misfeasance in public office. Tempura was an investigation conducted by the Metropolitan Police into alleged corruption in the Cayman Islands, involved the arrest of suspension of senior police officers and a High Court Judge.

Dealt with appeals to the Privy council for Caribbean including cases from Jamaica and the Bahamas.

Directors disqualification, Liquidators claims against directors, administrators compulsory interviews directors.

Experienced in acting for and advising Company directors defending claims and investigations against them personally brought by the administrators and liquidators.

Dealt with directors disqualification brought by the Department business innovation and skills.

Civil and Commercial

Building on his significant experience Jonathan has now re-developed his civil practise receiving instructions directly from the public and solicitors. Including:

He is currently instructed In the Commercial Court for one of the defendants in an allegation of fraud against the SKAT ( Danish tax authority ) alleging a loss said  to be in the region of £1 billion.

Has advised a number of UK listed companies on the legality  and possible money laundering implications of investing in Canadian cannabis production.

Recent experience of litigating a fraud involving the collapse of a chain of hotels. The loss incurred was said to be £30 plus million. The case involved hands on management  of a worldwide freezing order; administrators compulsory interviews and directors disqualification proceedings brought by the Department Business Innovation and Skills.

Acting for and advising Company directors, defending claims and investigations against brought by the administrators and liquidators.

Jonathan is authorised to received instructions directly from the public and is qualified to conduct litigation.

 

Police Law

He is a police law specialist covering  public inquires; regulatory; misconduct proceedings; misfeasance in a public office and malicious prosecution. He appeared for the claimant in Martin v Watson  [1996] A.C. 74 , at trial, in the Court of Appeal and successfully in the House of Lords [Supreme Court].

Extradition

Represented and advised a former director of US firm Peregrine Systems who was extradited to the USA. The case involved liaising with the DoJ California and the SEC. The  case followed on the from the “Nat West 3”, exceptionally negotiations allowed this defendant to return to the UK on bail.


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