William Emlyn Jones KC > Chambers of James Lewis KC & Hugo Keith KC > London, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of James Lewis KC & Hugo Keith KC
Three Raymond Buildings


A specialist in serious crime and fraud, both prosecuting and defending. His practice is predominantly based in London. Bill is frequently led, and is also instructed as a leading junior. In addition to Crown Court work, Bill also appears regularly before disciplinary tribunals and is instructed in inquests. Bill has also lectured the British Bankers’ Association on aspects of criminal litigation. Crime work: organised crime, large-scale drug importation and supply, money laundering; murder and serious violence; police misconduct; kidnap and blackmail; armed robbery; violence in sport, both on the pitch and on the terraces; fraud work: investment fraud; election fraud; ‘fresh air’ invoicing, and false accounting. Particular areas of expertise: cases involving extensive or complicated PII; issues surrounding the instruction of special counsel; covert and intrusive surveillance; cases involving complex financial, mathematical or technical evidence; confiscation; police disciplinary tribunals.


Qualified 1996, Inner Temple. Junior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court 2014-2019.  Senior Treasury Counsel 2019 – date.  Silk 2021


Criminal Bar Association.


Eton College 1986-90; Southampton University (LLB Hons 2); BVC, ICSL 1995-96.


Cricket, golf, tennis, fives; member of MCC and Ashridge Golf Club; British and American pop music, food, drink, literature (especially contemporary).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Police law (forces and constables)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

William Emlyn Jones KCThree Raymond Buildings ‘William is a class act, a trustworthy and scrupulously fair opponent. He is a skilled and extremely effective advocate.’ 

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

William Emlyn Jones KC – Three Raymond BuildingsWilliam is one of the most respected and formidable prosecutors in the country. His mastery of detail is unsurpassed and juries love his easy going and straightforward manner. As an advocate he is low-key but can shift through the gears if the need arises.’