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Cloth Fair Chambers
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Jonathan is currently ranked in Band 1 for Financial Crime (Individuals), Band 1 for Financial Crime (Corporates) and Band 1 for Crime. 

He was the winner of Crime junior of the Year 2016.

Jonathan is a highly respected leading junior in the fields of crime and fraud, operating “at the highest end of the market”. Singled out as an “elegant”, “charismatic” advocate and “excellent strategist”, he  wins praise for his “supreme” judgement and “superb analytical skills”. 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. “A class act” he is noted for being “Incredibly intelligent”, “extremely industrious” and “really great to work with”.

Jonathan represented Victor Dahdaleh, the “power broker” acquitted on all counts of overseas bribery brought by the SFO. He also secured the acquittal of Eddy Shah, the former media magnate, on all historical rape charges.


More recently, Jonathan represented

  • The former senior partner of a major accountancy firm, found not guilty of all charges before the Supreme Court of Gibraltar
  • A Doctor in a high-profile private prosecution concerning landmark gender abortion issues, in which the High Court upheld the decision from the Crown Court to stay proceedings with costs
  • The CEO of a mining company in successfully resisting the SFO’S High Court application for a voluntary bill of indictment

and advised

  • Property tycoon Raymond Kwok, the only defendant to be acquitted in Hong Kong’s largest ever graft trial
  • The last editor of the news Of the World in his long running contempt proceedings before Parliament
  • A former high-ranking official at the Bank of England in relation to the SFO probe into LIBOR fixing.

Jonathan’s current instructions include

  • Representing a former Executive in SFO v Barclays
  • Advising Corporate in SFO investigation into Rio Tinto
  • Representing a director in SFO v Tesco
  • Representing a former director in SFO v Alstom
  • Advising corporation in SFO investigation into Airbus
  • Advising an individual in relation to the SFO investigation into Rolls Royce PLC
  • Advising a major bank in relation to an FCA Prosecution.


Called to the Bar – 1997

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan BarnardCloth Fair ChambersHe is a silk in waiting.

Cloth Fair Chambers is ‘a powerhouse set when it comes to business crime‘, housing ‘high-calibre counsel‘ who are recognised as ‘financial crime experts‘ by clients. Members of the set continue to act in the Barclays trial concerning its 2008 fundraising from Qatari investors; recent developments include Nicholas Purnell QC and Clare Sibson QC successfully defending John Varley, the former bank CEO, against charges of conspiracy to commit fraud. In the junior ranks, Jonathan Barnard acted for Robert Hallett, the former director of Alstom, in the Serious Fraud Office investigation concerning alleged bribery and corruption offences; the defendant was acquitted of all charges.