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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Criminal Defence

Although a fraud specialist Jonathan has defended in a number of privately funded cases since taking silk, including murder, drugs, serious sex and drugs. He brings a high level of client service, incisive cross-examination and top level trial strategy to every case he undertakes.

Notable Cases:

Advising a partner of a big four accountancy firm in respect of a criminal investigation by the SFO.


Acting for a company director in a prosecution brought by the SFO in respect of the theft of a pension fund.

R v M

Represented a company director charged with supplying large quantities of cocaine and using his business to assist in the laundering of the proceeds.

R v B

Acting for a company director in respect of charges relating to the indecent images of children.

R v X

Represented a 16 year old charged with murdering another young girl with a comb.

Criminal Defence

Jonathan’s has acted for the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in respect of a number of its most serious cases in respect of accountancy regulation.

Notable Cases:

  • Acted for the FRC in the investigation and proceedings  under its Scheme for the accountancy profession into the conduct of a Member of the ICAEW and of HWCA Limited, the former auditors of Worthington Nicholls Group Plc until 4 December 2007.
  • Acted for FRC in proceedings against EY in respect of their audit of the accounts of Farepak the failed Christmas savings club.  EY were fined £750,000 and ordered to pay costs of £425,000.  The former audit partner AF was reprimanded and fined £50,000.
  • Acting for the FRC into the investigation into the conduct of KPMG Audit plc as auditors to BAE Systems plc.
  • Advising a partner of a big four accountancy firm in respect of investigations by the SFO and the FRC.
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