Mr John Jones KC > Exchange Chambers > Liverpool, England > Barrister Profile

Exchange Chambers
L2 9XX

Work Department

Criminal; Regulatory


John is a highly-acclaimed KC with over 40 years’ experience at the Bar, over 20 of which have been in Silk. He is widely acknowledged as a ‘go-to’ advocate for major heavyweight criminal cases and is recommended year after year in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. He is currently ranked for Financial Crime and Crime in Chambers and Partners, and ranked Tier 1 for Crime and also ranked for Business and Regulatory Crime including Health and Safety in The Legal 500.

Highly sought after, he has been involved in some of the most high profile cases in the country.

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 manslaughter, historic sex abuse, drugs and terrorism related offences. He is sought after for cases of complexity, and has been instructed on a large number of high profile national cases. From the foundations of a successful criminal practice, John has developed a strong professional disciplinary and regulatory practice, with particular expertise in health and safety and environmental work.

He is highly sought after for his regulatory work, representing employers, directors, individuals and public bodies on all aspects of health and safety and environmental enforcement.

John is an incisive advocate known for his formidable ability in the courtroom. He is equally at home with detailed cross examination as he is in ensuring the jury fully understands with complete clarity, the issue he is raising. He is a calm, yet persuasive presence who, through years of heavyweight, hard-hitting advocacy is widely respected by opponents, juries and judges alike.


Called 1981; QC 2002; Recorder


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit


  • LL.B (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 ‘John is a tenacious, highly intelligent, accomplished silk who has many years of experience in defending complex and challenging cases. His exceptionally high levels of preparation, his attention to detail, his overall tactical awareness, and his advocacy skills are impressive.’

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

John Jones KCExchange Chambers ‘John has the ability to put the client at ease from their very first meeting, which is no mean feat bearing in mind the seriousness of the allegations they may face. He has a down-to-earth approach and readily engages everyone present, he is never fearful of asking people their thoughts and views, his preparation of a case does not go without notice, and his eye for detail is phenomenal.’

Exchange Chambers is praised as a ‘veritable Northern powerhouse’ with an ‘array of highly-respected practitioners’. The crime team in chambers defends and prosecutes at all levels, covering the entire spectrum of serious crime, including murder, financial crime, alleged serious sexual offending and drug offences. The set is home to John Jones KC, who has a thriving practice working exclusively for the defence in serious crime, fraud, money laundering, and insider trading cases; he acted for the defendant in a gangland murder case concerning the execution-style murder of a rival drug dealer in a public street in broad daylight in Liverpool. Gordon Cole KC has a well-established and varied practice, having acted in murder and manslaughter cases, and Ben Myers KC has substantial expertise in high-value fraud and money laundering cases. The set also houses Richard Littler KC, who has significant experience in cases concerning terrorism, fraud, and organised crime – he is acting for a defendant in a drug importation case stemming from the interception of 350kg of cocaine, 90kg of heroin and 150kg of cannabis. Mark Rhind KC is strong in high-value MTIC and tax fraud cases. Imran Shafi KC also primarily defends in serious and high-profile cases regarding murder, terrorism, and drug conspiracies – he represented a woman who was acquitted on charges concerning her alleged membership of an extreme-right group planning violence using, among others, 3D-printed firearms. Turning to the set’s juniors, David Birrell was sole counsel for a defendant who played a leading role in a case concerning the supply of 180kg of Class A drugs, involving a significant amount of Encrochat evidence. James MacAdam was appointed to the circuit bench in September 2023 as was Ian Harris in October 2023.