John R. Jones QC

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Specialist in all forms of serious fraud and ancillary issues such as confiscation proceeds of crime and money laundering.  

Serious fraud practice includes work prosecuted by the SFO and CPS (Revenue and Customs Division), which require I.T. skills and understanding of data management. 

Currently retained in several multi million pound City insider dealing and duty evasion cases, which cases command a detailed knowledge of the issues of restraint, confiscation and extradition, along with more specialist experience of F.C.I.B. and U.M.B.S. related issues.  Such general descriptions of work types include within them more specialist areas of work including S.F.O. and C.P.S. (Revenue and Customs Division).

Has dealt with cases involving mental health issues.   The Gonzales case in particular raised a significant number of issues concerning mental health problems and the distinction between motivation and illness, true mental illness and self induced illness brought on by illicit drugs.  

Within fraud work he has successfully defended cases brought by the SFO.   These cases have led to specialisations in insider dealer and computer fraud, carousel fraud and duty evasions.  He has been briefed in “shaken baby” cases and other cases involving non-accidental injuries to children. Has dealt with case of historic sex abuse for both adults and children as the following cases demonstrate.

Considered one of the leading practitioners in health and safety law. For more information, please click on his Health & Safety profile here.



“Praised for his grasp of details and ability to retail the facts in a telling way.  Known for his imposing presentations to juries”. 

“John Jones QC is a particularly fine communicator with a direct and an incisive advocacy style.   He possesses expertise in the full range of serious crime, confiscation and money laundering matters and is working on a number of multi-million pound City and Duty Evasions.  Sources describe him as “excellent at dealing with difficult and demanding clients”. 

“….a hard hitting and aggressive advocate who has appeared as Leading Counsel in a number of large scale S.F.O. cases”.

“John Jones Q.C. has a formidable reputation as an advocate. A heavy hitting Silk, he is frequently instructed in the most demanding S.F.O. prosecutions”

“Handles serious fraud and money laundering defence work. Solicitors appreciate his meticulous approach”
“He is very good on his feet and commands a lot of respect from Barristers and Judges”
“He is extremely hardworking and good with clients”

“LEGAL 500” ENTRY 2015
John is cited as a “leading Silk in both crime and regulatory work.
Crime: “Experienced in fraud and all other white collar crime”.
Regulatory/Health and Safety: “Defends actions brought by regulators, including the H.S.E.”

“A really powerful trial advocate.  His attention to detail is remarkable and he has a very caring approach to the lay clients.”

“Very attentive to both clients and solicitors.”


Selected Testimonials:-

John scores on every front. His paperwork is absolutely first class; logical, lucid, well presented, well ordered and above all totally to the point. His thorough preparation is evidenced by a relaxed but highly effective courtroom presentation. Be it in forensic cross examination of experts, or chatting things through with the jury, his sheer command of the English language is a joy to witness. All in all a sound choice, but with an added advantage, which any solicitor will understand he is a natural team leader who takes the time to listen.    Mike Mackey. (Senior Partner)   Burton Copeland.

John is a superb advocate and his case and trial preparations are exceptional and very thorough. His interest and commitment to the client’s cause always shines through. John is never afraid of giving difficult advice to a client and he doesn’t shy away from issues which need addressing. John thinks strategically from the outset and always ensures that my clients understand any difficulties they may face and they are thus able to make decisions based on the very best advice available. Jason Cropper, Director and Head of NW Regulatory Team, DWF LLP.