Miss Gillian Jones QC > Red Lion Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Listed in the Hot 100 list 2021, produced by The Lawyer Magazine. Winner of Crime Silk of the year for Legal 500’s UK awards 2020 and cited as a Leading Silk across financial crime, business and regulatory crime (including global investigations), Proceeds of Crime Act and Asset Forfeiture, as well as General Crime by Chambers UK, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal 2019.

Gillian is described as a ‘brilliant’ practitioner who “is fabulous and absolutely faultless – solicitors appreciate her quality of advocacy before juries and her adaptability. She is an extremely bright and extremely hard-working …assiduous, quick-thinking, formidable silk …who is able to navigate the most complex cases and get to the heart of the matter almost instantly. She is a go-to person for those seeking pragmatic, sensible and reliable advice.”

Gillian has developed a high profile practice with a particular specialisation in financial and corporate crime, acting on behalf of individuals, corporate clients and the prosecution – many of her cases are well-known with a global reach. Gillian also acts as independent disclosure counsel; she advises companies on compliance issues, internal investigations, and strategically following commencement of investigations by the SFO, FCA and other regulatory bodies. Her practice is such that she has acquired specialist knowledge of restraint and confiscation, the obtaining of material from foreign jurisdictions, and an understanding and analysis of complex bank movements and off-shore transactions.

Noted for being a tactically astute and persuasive advocate who has a reputation for meticulous preparation, excellent client care skills and commitment to her clients. She is described as having “an incisive legal mind which enables her to cut rapidly to the crux of the issues in the most complex cases.” She is “able to take the client through difficult decisions”, attracting plaudits for both her advocacy and her upbeat attitude – “she stands her ground and holds her own”… “Her advice is pragmatic and rigorous, making her highly sought after.”

Gillian also has considerable experience in relation to allegations involving murder/manslaughter, misconduct in public office (including deaths in custody, fraud, and sexual misconduct), death by dangerous driving and serious sexual offences having developed specialist expertise in trials involving vulnerable witnesses.

Gillian was appointed joint Head of Chambers in 2018.


Year of call: 1996 Inn: Lincolns Inn 2014 Developmental Board Member – Clean Break – charitable theatre company with an independent education programme enabling women offenders and those at risk of offending to develop personal, social, professional and creative skills leading to education and employment. 2013 SFO Prosecution Panel: Grade A 2013 SFO Proceeds of Crime Panel: Grade A 2013 CPS Specialist Panels: Fraud, Organised Crime, Confiscation/Asset Recovery: Grade 3 2012 CPS General and Rape Panel: Grade 3 2012 Recorder of the Crown Court 2012 to date Developmental list GMC 2011 Direct Access qualified 2010 Attorney-General’s List of Prosecuting Counsel 2008 Pupil supervisor




Memberships held: Member of the CBA Executive Committee (Secretary 2012-2013) Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers Fraud Lawyers Association International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law Justice Liberty South Eastern Circuit Elected member of the Bar Council (2003 – 2006)

Current directorships: Publications of note: Legal Professional Privilege and the right against self incrimination: Practical Law, Thomson Reuters (2015) Lexis Nexis Webinar – Market Abuse and FCA enforcement (March 2015) Chapter contributor – Cross Border Jurisdiction, ‘Fraud Law, Practice and Procedure’, Lexis Nexis Chapter contributor – Rook & Ward: ‘Sexual Offences, Law & Practice’, Sweet & Maxwell Contributing Editor – ‘Archbold Magistrates Court: Criminal Practice’, Sweet & Maxwell (2005-2010). Contributor to ‘Forensic Gynaecology: Towards better care of the female victim of sexual assault.’ Archbold Practical Research Papers: Diminished Responsibility. Article: Parliamentary Brief “A Fraud on Freedom”, the right to jury trial in fraud cases. Contributor Legal Network TV (College of Law) training DVDs on developments in Criminal Law Presented lectures on – Financial Crime – Insider Dealing; Expert witnesses, practice and procedure; Vulnerable witnesses and the role of the intermediary; Confiscation/Asset Recovery and the Impact of the Human Rights Act. Presented/facilitated seminars on – Confiscation/Asset Recovery, The approach to obtaining evidence from vulnerable and child witnesses and Sexual offences. McKay’s Law Lectures: “Turning Intelligence into Evidence” Legal assistance to the charity ‘Standing up for kids: Just for Kids Law’ Member of the working group developing “Advocacy Training for Sexual Offences and Vulnerable Witnesses/Defendants” in conjunction with ATC, Bar Council, Law Society and CPS to be implemented by the Judicial College.


Hammond School, Chester Leicester University, LLB (EC) Hons; Modena University, Italy, Diploma in Law; Inns of Court School of Law.


Keen musician – trumpet and piano Theatre and the performing arts

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Gillian Jones QC – Red Lion Chambers ‘One of the best barristers in the country. Always on top of the detail.

A strong set, with particularly good silks’ Red Lion Chambers‘ members have been kept particularly busy handling private prosecution work; in this space, Gillian Jones QC continues to act in a long-running private prosecution concerning alleged international property fraud and forgery of company documents. In recent news for the set, March 2020 saw Cameron Brown QC elevated to silk, while Tim Godfrey was appointed to the district bench. Solicitors praise the set for its training programmes which ‘are delivered to a high standard on complex legal issues‘.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Gillian Jones QCRed Lion ChambersGillian is a highly persuasive advocate, hugely respected by judges and colleagues, and an outstanding leader. She is particularly experienced in managing vast cases, always leading from the front and always a step ahead of her opponents. She is also an excellent lawyer with sound judgment, who is formidable in court.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Gillian Jones QCRed Lion ChambersA silk who is unafraid of a challenge.

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Gillian Jones QCRed Lion ChambersShe is exceptional and demonstrates excellence at every turn.