Member of Criminal Bar Association
Member of The British Association for Shooting and Conservation
A keen gourmand and lover of outdoor pursuits, Jonathan also paints, amongst a variety of other artistic interests.
- General Crime
- Prison Law
- ASBO and Sex Prevention Orders
Jonathan is a respected and trusted criminal advocate, with a significant history of successful cases. He combines an eye for detail with flair and an ability to persuade judges and juries alike.
Jonathan practices in all areas of crime and has gravitated to matters of great seriousness, whether financial, violent or sexual. He has been trusted to defend in cases which might otherwise have been given to more senior barristers. Those who instruct him regularly, know that such decisions are vindicated by the excellent and professional service provided. He both defends and prosecutes and has found that this experience benefits each area of practice. Jonathan is always happy to speak to instructing solicitors about cases, even informally before instructed, to assist lay clients achieve the correct representation and early, tactically directed, case management.
The increase in work in this area is seen across the criminal courts. Jonathan is RASSO trained and combines a personable and considerate manner with the dispassionate ruthlessness needed to achieve results in these serious and sensitive cases. He is particularly adept at cases which hinge upon the art of the closing speech. He has dealt with rape, offences involving children and cases with multiple defendants and complainants. He is entirely at ease with specialist facets of this work, such intermediaries and ground rules hearings.
Jonathan also has a thorough knowledge of Proceeds of Crime work and has previously lectured upon the 2002 Act. He still accepts instructions in private road traffic law, an area in which he has thorough past experience. Jonathan has a particular knowledge or firearms and is happy to accept instructions in related licensing and appeals work.
- R v S – The successful defence of an allegation of armed robbery with an imitation handgun. A strong circumstantial case was unpicked, leading to an acquittal.
- R v J – Sexual offences involving a number of child victims. The case involved a significant amount of telephone data, legal arguments and the cross examination of vulnerable witnesses with intermediaries.
- R v O – Defending one of the defendants in a lengthy trial, concerning sexual and violent allegations in a children’s home in Coventry. The case was prosecuted by leading senior counsel with a junior and there was significant disclosure. This defendant was found not guilty of any sexual offence, therefore receiving a lesser sentence than his co-accused.
- R v A – The successful private defence of an allegation of rape at a student party. The trial involved a number of witnesses some of whom gave evidence from different countries via video links and interpreters.
- R v C – The successful defence of a man who was unanimously found not guilty of over 20 counts of historic sexual offences. The case was involved the alleged multiple rape of his former wife and alleged sexual abuse against six children. It was prosecuted by a Q.C. over a number of weeks and involved various legal arguments.