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Currently listed by Chambers in the first division of criminal silks, Jonathan has developed an enviable reputation for his courtroom manner and his ability to communicate effectively with judges and juries alike.
Since relinquishing his appointment as senior treasury counsel at the end of 2015, Jonathan has concentrated on using his formidable experience of serious and complex cases to develop his criminal defence practice, and has already defended in a number of murder cases including the first ever cold-case murder review conducted in the Cayman Islands. With a background in science, he has particular expertise in cases involving DNA evidence and edits a chapter devoted to this topic in the leading text book on sexual offences; this knowledge provides him with the forensic skills required rigorously to scrutinise scientific evidence.
Notwithstanding his focus on defence work, Jonathan continues to be sought after to prosecute the most serious and sensitive cases. In recent months he has prosecuted the first optometrist ever to be charged with gross negligence manslaughter, the ‘Grindr’ serial killer Stephen Port, the entertainer Rolf Harris and Damon Smith, the student who planted a home-made IED on the London Underground.
In addition, Jonathan receives instructions from the Serious Fraud Office and has experience of appearing at inquests on behalf of the family of the deceased.
At the end of 2016, Jonathan was chosen to be one of a panel of three experts who went to China to provide advice to the Supreme People’s Court on the reform of their People’s Assessors System. Jonathan is committed to ethnic minority achievement and has recently been appointed as a governor of a large secondary school in Southall, West London.
Jonathan accepts Direct Access instructions.
“Fights his corner hard and is always very extensive and thorough in his preparation.” – Chambers UK 2018
“A first-class prosecution advocate, who is a pleasure to deal with.” – Legal 500 2017
“He’s very thorough and always makes the time to go through everything. His legal analysis, his consideration of the relevant issues, and his ability to get on with the members of the team and focus on the relevant issues are very impressive.” – Chambers UK 2017
“He is to be trusted with the most serious cases.” – Chambers UK 2017