Mr John Jones KC > Chambers of Bill Braithwaite KC > Liverpool, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite KC
Exchange Chambers
L2 9XX

Work Department

Criminal; Regulatory


John is a highly-acclaimed QC with over 39 years’ experience at the Bar, 19 of which have been in Silk. He is widely acknowledged as a ‘go-to’ advocate for major heavyweight criminal cases and is consistently recommended in the Legal Directories.

His practice encompasses:
• Fraud
• Money laundering
• Insider dealing/city-based regulatory crime
• Murder
• Manslaughter
• Historic sex abuse
• Terrorism

John has a well-established Criminal practice with heavy emphasis on all forms of serious fraud and ancillary issues, such as confiscation of proceeds of crime and money laundering.

He has extensive experience of both prosecuting and defending matters of serious crime including murder, manslaughter, historic sex abuse, drugs, all aspects of fraud and terrorism related offences. John also has a strong professional disciplinary and regulatory practice, with particular expertise in health and safety and environmental work.

Notable high profile cases from recent years include R v Lauren Coyle (and others), a case involving the manslaughter of a 19 month old child by her mother; R v Child case involving the murder of a mother by her son for gain. R v Edwards a missing body murder case set against a background of domestic violence involving four previous partners and R v Cavin, a force feeding manslaughter case.


Called 1981; QC 2002; Recorder


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit
  • Recorder
  • Associate Lecturer at the University of Northumbria
  • Guest lecturer at the University of Lancaster and University of Nottingham


  • LLB (University of Liverpool)
  • Middle Temple

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

John Jones KCExchange Chambers ‘His preparation in cases is meticulous, his client care is impeccable and his advocacy is always forceful and formidable. The go-to KC.’

The financial fraud and crime team at Exchange Chambers represent clients in a wide range of cases, including bribery and corporate, investment, tax and insurance fraud, as well as cartel activity. John Jones KC has a strong practice in money laundering, corporate fraud and insider dealing. Ian Whitehurst  has a focus on health and safety, environmental, information and revenue law, as is displayed in his prosecuting of a construction company that failed to undertake safety measures to protect an exterior wall to their construction site, which subsequently collapsed, crushing a small child on the way to school (HSE v Gurmfitt Properties). 

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

John Jones KCExchange Chambers ‘John has a stylish, smooth and unflappable demeanour in Court. His advocacy is precise, comprehensive and cogent. As a result of his thorough knowledge of the law and preparation of his cases, John is trusted by the Court and is, as a result, a very persuasive advocate. He is very agile in cross examination and reacting to the unexpected events that occur in a criminal trial. John has a great eye for detail in paper heavy cases.’

Key areas of work for the ‘highly regarded‘ members of Exchange Chambers include murder, financial crime, sexual abuse and drug offences, and the set is praised as ‘one of the leading sets in the North of England‘. John Jones KC has an established criminal practice, and recently acted for the defendant a manslaughter case concerning a victim choking on a bone after being fed whilst asleep. The set also houses Ben Myers KC, who handles murder and money laundering cases, as well as drug trafficking and organised crime matters. Richard Littler KC is another name of note and has expertise in cases regarding terrorism, fraud and organised crime. David Temkin KC has a thriving criminal law practice and recently acted for the defendant in a case regarding the murder of a retired Liverpool Crown Prosecution Service lawyer. Charlotte Kenny  handles serious cases of fraud and sexual offences, and also recently successfully defended a man who was acquitted of attempted murder. Richard Brigden  joined the team from Garden Court North Chambers in January 2022.