Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC > Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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



Specialist in criminal and regulatory law in a business setting, instructed in headline cases such as SFO fraud and corruption proceedings, Grenfell, the Croydon tram tragedy, the HSE prosecution of BUPA, the CMA action against viagogo, and the Office of Rail and Road prosecution of major train operating companies.  Experienced in criminal and regulatory legal issues arising in commercial context, including cartels, competition, consumer credit, corruption, finance, money laundering, political donations, sanctions, tax and trading standards, both defending and prosecuting. Specialism in restraint and confiscation including third party interests and advising professional trustees holding tainted assets.  Prosecution and defence of private prosecutions. Extensive experience of Suspect Activity Reports and whether and how to make a report. Seeking compensation from law enforcement following flawed regulatory action.  Recent instruction in large scale tree preservation breaches.


Called 1989, QC 2016 .  Recorder of the Crown Court 2010


Exeter University (LLB; Bar Finals).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Jonathan Ashley-Norman QCThree Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings ‘boasts a breadth and depth of business crime lawyers’, who have a wealth of experience of investigations and prosecutions involving allegations of bribery and corruption, corporate fraud, and anti-competitive conduct, among other offences. Chambers’ notable workload includes some of the most closely-watched SFO investigations over the years in sectors such as manufacturing and mining; Hugo Keith QC is highly regarded in this space, while Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC and James Hines QC are also appointed to the SFO’s panel of silks. The set is also routinely instructed with respect to significant multi-jurisdictional issues, such as violations of international economic sanctions regimes, an area in which Rachel Barnes has niche expertise. In addition to their advocacy skills, multiple members, including Patrick Gibbs QC and Ben Summers, are also well-versed in advisory and compliance work for both companies and individuals relating to potential exposure to risk or criminal liability. Summers returned from a 17-month secondment at Hogan Lovells International LLP in August 2021. Alexander Cameron QC retired in November 2020.

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Jonathan Ashley-Norman QCThree Raymond Buildings

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Jonathan Ashley-Norman QCThree Raymond Buildings

A strong set with great quality at all levels of seniority’, the barristers at Three Raymond Buildings act for agencies in the exercise of their powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and defend corporates and individuals throughout restraint, confiscation, and civil recovery proceedings. Hugo Keith QC, who specialises in high-profile international matters currently represents the son of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in forfeiture proceedings. Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC recently acted for a director of a company whose principal shareholder was suspected of large-scale theft of company assets. Rachel Barnes is acting for the defendant bank account holders against freezing and forfeiture orders in a series of ongoing cases involving the alleged illegal transfer of funds to the UK by Iranian citizens through Iranian-registered money service businesses. In addition, in the High Court case CPS v O’Keeffe, Nicholas Yeo is currently acting for the sister of an alleged money launderer in receivership proceedings brought by the CPS in relation to drugs and fraud allegations.