Jonathan Barker > Chambers of Richard Atkins KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Atkins KC
St Philips Chambers
B2 5LS


Jonathan is a specialist criminal practitioner. He has established a practice far beyond his year of call. A confident and persuasive trial advocate, Jonathan is instructed to defend in cases involving allegations of serious criminal conduct. His practice covers the full spectrum of criminal offences, from serious violence to complex frauds, and includes regulatory crime. He is fully conversant in the law relating to proceeds of crime including confiscation, restraint and cash forfeiture. Aside from defending, Jonathan prosecutes, either on his own or in very complicated cases as a led junior, for the Crown Prosecution Service, including the complex case work unit division, and other prosecuting authorities. Jonathan read law at University College London. He was awarded the prestigious Queen Mother Scholarship from the Middle Temple. While at Bar School he won an award for his advocacy.


Called 2006; Middle Temple.


Midland Circuit.


University College London (LLB).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan BarkerSt Philips Chambers ‘Jonathan has a very technical mind and is able to assimilate in-depth evidence very quickly. He has a good presence in front of a jury and commands the attention of the court room. He has good relationships with other members of the Bar and respect for the judiciary.’ 

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan BarkerSt Philips Chambers ‘Jonathan is extremely approachable and helpful.’ 

The St Philips Chambers regulatory team of ‘highly effective advocates both at trial and on appeal’ has ‘strength in depth covering all major fields of regulatory activity’. Ben Mills garners praise for ‘attention to detail and meticulous preparation’ and successfully prosecuted a defendant who posed as a travel agent and defrauded more than 300 elderly people. Health and safety matters specialist James Puzey regularly handles fatal accident cases, and Jonathan Barker is described as ‘an excellent communicator’.