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

Chambers of Richard Atkins QC
St Philips Chambers
B2 5LS
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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 ChambersA straight-talking down-to-earth jury advocate who has a fantastic ability to cut through complex subject matter and present it to a jury in a clear, concise and engaging manner.

St Philips Chambers remains one of the premier sets for criminal work in the Midlands, with clients and peers alike praising it as a ‘go-to‘ set within the region offering ‘professional and well-prepared‘ counsel across the full spectrum of criminal work. Kevin Hegarty QC heads the crime group, which also houses experienced silks Andrew Smith and  Richard Atkins QC, the latter of whom recently returned to full-time practice following a term as Chair of the Bar. The set’s junior ranks also feature some of the circuit’s most prominent practitioners, with members such as Jennifer Josephs  and Jonathan Barker frequently receiving instructions in a wide range of serious cases, including fraud and sexual offences. Josephs is also notable for her work on terrorism cases, and recently acted for the prosecution in the case of Jay Davison, a white supremacist convicted of publishing material with the intent to incite racial and religious hatred in the form of a string of Instagram posts.