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Red Lion Chambers

Chambers of Max Hill QC

Work 0207 520 6000
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Chelmsford, London

Jonathan Fisher QC

Work 0207 520 6000
Red Lion Chambers (Chambers of Max Hill QC)


Recognised silk with a strong expertise in Financial Services, Fraud, Proceeds of Crime, Tax, White Collar Crime and Corporate Defence. Recent advisory work includes cases on money laundering, economic sanctions, market abuse, Ponzi and accounting frauds, bribery and corruption, international restraint of assets, tax avoidance & evasion investigations involving LDF and film schemes, Lloyds TSB (Verde) and LIBOR investigations. Recent Court cases include R v Office of the Prime Minister ex parte Wheeler, Wiese v UKBA, HMRC v Curran, Lunn v HMRC, SEC v Manterfield. Advising and representing individuals, companies and Government agencies in High Court, First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, Crown Court and Appeal cases.


Called 1980; Silk 2003; Chartered Tax Adviser (Fellow); Accredited STEP practitioner; Dubai International Financial Court (registered practitioner); Lloyds Financial Crime Reports (General Editor); London School of Economics (Visiting Professor in Practice); Standing Counsel (Criminal) to the Commissioners of Inland Revenue 1991-2003

Regular contributor to books, professional journals and the media


Administrative Law Bar Association, Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association, Criminal Bar Association, Financial Services Lawyers Association, Fraud Advisory Panel, Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association, Revenue Bar Association, South Eastern Circuit

London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

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

Jonathan Fisher QC - Red Lion ChambersHe gives consistently robust, practical and commercial advice.’

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Financial services

Within: Financial services – Leading silks

Jonathan Fisher QC - Red Lion ChambersHe has a gift for setting out a clear strategy in even the most complex case.’

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Jonathan Fisher QC - Red Lion ChambersThe consummate modern Silk, he leads from the front and is hands-on.’

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Jonathan Fisher QC - Red Lion ChambersThe person clients want fighting their corner if they are in a tight spot.’

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

Within: Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading Silks

Jonathan Fisher QC - Red Lion ChambersHe speaks with great authority and has encyclopaedic knowledge.’

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Tax: corporate and VAT

Within: Tax: corporate – Leading silks

Jonathan Fisher QC - Red Lion ChambersHighly respected and highly effective; a sage of the tax Bar.’

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