Jonathan Elystan Rees KC > Chambers of Christopher Rees > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Christopher Rees
Apex Chambers
32 Park Place
CF10 3BA


Specialist criminal advocate with particular experience in fraud, corporate crime, money laundering, regulatory offences and confiscation. Jonathan is a grade 4 CPS advocate and member of the CPS National Serious Crime group and advocate panel. Also instructed regularly in professional and sports disciplinary work, with special expertise in misconduct proceedings held under the Police (Conduct) Regulations and athlete disciplinary hearings held pursuant to the UK Anti-Doping Rules and WADA Code. Recent cases include: R v Eric Evans & others [2014] (defence junior in SFO prosecution of an alleged £150m conspiracy to defraud relating to opencast coal mining in South Wales, successful dismissal made on the basis no fraud disclosed on the papers); R v Sir Alan Davies & others [2013] (defence junior in alleged £3m conspiracy to defraud relating to a high proifle teacher of a school in North West London – CPS offered no evidence after disclosure failings exposed); Gwent Police Authority v Jenkins [2012] (officer dismissed for gross misconduct successfully reinstated on appeal); R v Lamb & others [2012] (acquittal in £10m mortgage fraud); R v Mouncher & others [2011] (the Lynette White inquiry – UK’s biggest alleged police corruption trial; not guilty verdict); R v Carroll & others [2010] 1 Cr App R (S) 119 and [2012] EWCA Crim 678 (successful prosecution of organized international prostitution ring with £1.9m POCA order); WRU v J & H [2010] (two athletes charged with presence of prohibited substances in an athlete’s sample – charges dismissed); R v Yip [2010] EWCA Crim 1381 (successful appeal – authority on relationship between POCA offences and cheating the public revenue); British Horseracing Authority v S.G. [2009] (successful defence of major racing owner in disciplinary proceedings for alleged betting offences). Also Panel A member of the Welsh Government Advocates Panel and instructed in judicial review matters.


Called 2000; Inner Temple.


Jesus, College, Cambridge (Law, BA Hons 1st class).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Elystan Rees KCApex ChambersJonathan has an incredible mind and is masterful on disclosure and law. His advocacy is first-rate, and delivered in a way which makes difficult conceptual issues easy for both juries and judges.’

Strong criminal law setApex Chambers is home to a team which is regularly instructed for the defence and prosecution across a gamut of serious cases. Jonathan Elystan Rees KC, whose recent workload includes multi-handed murder cases, garners praise for his ‘exceptional legal mind‘; ‘his ability to control a courtroom on complex and detailed matters of law is almost unparalleled‘. Head of chambers Christopher Rees KC stands out as ‘a peerless trial advocate‘. Nicholas Gedge continues to handle cases of serious violence and drugs conspiracies, and Lee Reynolds  specialises in complex fraud matters.