Jonathan Rees QC


“his technical knowledge is first class”

- Legal 500 2019

“outstandingly able”

- Chambers and Partners 2019

Practice Areas: 

  • White collar fraud
  • Serious cirme
  • Professional misconduct 

Professional Testimonials:

"...very clever, very hard working and has great judgment" Chambers and Partners 2018

" exceptional operator" Legal 500 2017

'...extraordinarily able and exceptionally hard-working" Chambers and Partners 2017

"...highly experienced in white collar crime" Legal 500 2016

"...intellectually gifted, hard-working and thorough in his preparation" Chambers and Partners 2016

"Strong-willed and always fights the fight for the client"​ Legal 500 2015

"A measured and considered advocate who does his research...strength in depth and great attention to detail"​ Chambers & Partners 2015.

Recent Cases

Powys County Council v Hurst (DC) [2018] PTSR 1940 - whether, on interpretation, the combined effect of section 25(6) of the Attachment of Earnings Act 1971 and regulation 35(3) of the Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 was such that a liability order not to be treated as a sum adjudged to be paid by order of the court.

R v Mundy (Ian) [2018] 4 WLR 130 - on the scope of orders for reconsideration of the available amount under section 22 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the test on appeal under section 31 of the 2002 Act.

R v Stromberg (Paul) [2018] 3 WLR 812 - authority reviewing the historical background to the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) to issue writs of venire de novo and the scope of its powers.

R (on application of McKenzie) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office [2016] 1 WLR 1308 - as to the lawfulness of the policy and practice of the SFO in regards to isolating and reviewing material potentially subject to LPP embedded in electronic devices.

Evans & others v Serious Fraud Office [2015] 3 Costs LR - authority on the assessment of costs under section 19 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 in serious and complex cases.

Evans & others v Serious Fraud Office [2015] 1 WLR 3595 - successful application for costs against the SFO in civil proceedings on an indemnity basis and in criminal proceedings on the basis of an unnecessary or improper act under section 19 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.

Serious Fraud Office v Evans & others [2015] 1 WLR 3526 - re applications in the High Court for voluntary bills of indictment.

R v Evans & others [2014] 1 WLR 2817 - successful application to dismiss SFO blockbuster fraud involving an extensive review of the scope and boundaries of the common law offence of conspiracy to defraud.

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Jonathan Rees QC
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Specialist Areas

  • Murder and Manslaughter
  • Business Crime & Financial Services
  • Professional Discipline



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