William Emlyn Jones QC > Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC
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.  QC 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 > Crime

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

William Emlyn Jones QCThree Raymond BuildingsPreviously quite simply most sought after junior at the criminal bar for a big and serious case. He has the full package: clever, hard-working and a brilliant jury advocate. He will undoubtedly go on to be a star of the criminal bar.

‘Very strong set’ Three Raymond Buildings is ‘engaged in work of the highest calibre’ and has ‘a stellar line up of counsel’. Chambers is well known for its particular strength in defending police officers in criminal cases; in this space, Kevin Baumber represented a police officer who was acquitted on corruption charges following a large scale investigation and undercover surveillance. On the prosecution side, William Emlyn Jones prosecuted Gerald Matovu (who formerly sold drugs to convicted serial killer Stephen Port) and Brandan Dunbar, whose modus operandi was to meet men via gay dating apps, drug them and then steal from them; one victim was given a fatal overdose of the drug GHB, leading to Matovu’s conviction for murder and Dunbar’s conviction for fraud and assault, among other charges.

London Bar > Police law (defendant)

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

William Emlyn Jones QCThree Raymond BuildingsA high effective and intelligent advocate.