Jonathan Kinnear KC

Jonathan Kinnear KC

"Extremely bright and conscientious; off-the-chart client-care skills exuding the right mix of confidence, reassurance and top-rate advice."

Legal 500 UK 2022
Year of call: 1994 (Northern Ireland 1996) KC: 2012
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Jonathan Kinnear KC specialises in matters of real financial complexity often operating in the margins where the criminal and civil law meet. He has a multi-jurisdictional practice, regularly appearing in both the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the Court of Appeal, the Crown Court, the High Court and a range of Tribunal jurisdictions, in particular in respect of tax matters.

He has been instructed in a number of the most serious and complex fraud cases over the last 15 years and is regularly instructed to provide strategic advice in advance of charge or prosecution.

He is regularly instructed in large-scale review work, leading large teams of investigators, solicitors and counsel.

He has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending in the full spectrum of serious crime, including murder and major drugs conspiracies.

He also acts as a special advocate dealing with cases relating to national security and has particular expertise in relation to disclosure issues.

Jonathan accepts Direct Access instructions.

What others say:

He is cited in both Directories the Legal 500 and Chambers UK Bar which have described him as:

“Very impressive, knowledgeable and quick to master his brief. He’s always willing to help and works in a collaborative way.” and “He is extremely knowledgeable and his manner provides a lot of reassurance for clients. He is hard-working and makes himself available at short notice.” – Chambers UK 2022

“Hard as nails yet fair-minded. Extremely knowledgeable and responsive to the nuances in a case.” – Legal 500 UK 2021

“He can cut through complex cases with ease.” – Chambers UK 2021

“Highly experience in handling large-scale bribery and corruption cases.” – Legal 500 2020

“Firm in his approach but fair.” and “He is excellent and has proper expertise in VAT fraud and  confiscation matters.” Chambers UK 2020

“One of the brightest silks around – he’s very strong in court and has real charisma.” and “Highly recommended for his expertise in a wide array of white-collar crime cases including those relating to money laundering, revenue fraud and accountancy fraud. Regularly instructed to both prosecute and defend major clients in high-profile cases.” Chambers UK 2016

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