Jonathan Rees QC

Jonathan Rees QC

"Dedicated, thoughtful and thorough, his deadly skill is masked by a self-deprecating and modest style which is very attractive to juries."

Chambers UK 2018
Year of call: 1987 QC: 2010
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Currently listed by both Chambers and the Legal 500 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. 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.

Jonathan is instructed for the prosecution and the defence in a wide range of cases featuring allegations of murder, terrorism, white-collar fraud and historic sexual abuse. Many of his cases attract national media attention. Recent cases include Stephen Port, the ‘Grindr’ serial killer, Rolf Harris, the entertainer and Darren Osborne, the man who carried out the Finsbury Park terror attack. In addition, Jonathan has experience of inquests, appearing 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 is as a governor of a large secondary school in Southall, West London.

Jonathan accepts Direct Access instructions and is a member of the Private Prosecutors’ Association.

What others say:

“Fights his corner hard and is always very extensive and thorough in his preparation.” – Chambers UK 2018

Shortlisted for Crime Silk of the Year – Legal 500 (2018)

“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

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