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Jonathan Barnard

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Cloth Fair Chambers (Cloth Fair Chambers)


A highly respected leading junior in the fields of financial and corporate crime, complex fraud and high profile general crime as well as regulatory and disciplinary matters. Praised for his elegant advocacy skills and impressive judgement, Jonathan is routinely instructed to represent professional and corporate clients in high-profile, financial and heavyweight criminal matters both at trial and for strategic advice at the investigation stage.
Past cases include; SFO v Bright: defended  ex-CEO of reisurance giant IIC which collapsed with debts of £1bn; Owen: negotiated one of the first 'plea agreements' under the AG guidlines in the largest case of fraud brough by DEFRA; SFO v Forsyth: represented the ex CEO of Mabey & Johnson, including before the Supreme Court re UN sanctions busting;  Advised Vincent Tchenguiz on judicial review of SFO search warrant. Represented a hedge fund manager re market abuse before the Tribunal (FSA proceedings). Advised a leading supermarket re bribery prosecution; Advised a leading form of accountants re money laundering liabilities; advised a publicly listed company re SFO and DoJ investigation into overseas bribery.
More recent cases include; Advised former News of the World editor re Leveson Inquiry and contempt of Parliament; Secured a full acquittal for former media magnate Eddy Shah charged with multiple counts of historical rape; SFO v Dahdaleh: secured acquittal for businessman charged with overseas bribery; SFO v Evans: successfully opposed SFO High Court application for a voluntary bill of indictment; advising a former chief trader in relation to the SFO investigation into Forex; Advising a former Director in relation to the SFO investigation into Tesco PLC, advising a former Director in SFO & FCA investigations into Barclays Bank PLC & Qatar Holdings LLC.


Called to the Bar - 1997

London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

Within: Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Jonathan Barnard - Cloth Fair Chambers ‘A leading junior in major cases.’

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Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Jonathan Barnard - Cloth Fair Chambers ‘His work includes pre-charge advice.’

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Jonathan Barnard - Cloth Fair Chambers ‘Instructed in money laundering and false accounting cases.’

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