Jonathan is a Grade 4 prosecutor.
He is regularly instructed by the Crown as leading counsel, or junior alone, in cases involving serious organised crime. He has particular experience and expertise in the prosecution of large scale, multi-defendant cases.
Jonathan is meticulous in his preparation and highly regarded for the command that he demonstrates over his cases.
He also has a keen tactical approach to his work, regularly devising strategies to optimise his cases and ensure that they proceed efficiently and effectively. It is a combination that allows Jonathan to deploy his case in a potent and compelling manner.
Jonathan has a particular interest in cases involving the organised supply of controlled drugs, firearms and examination of significant quantities of mobile telephone evidence. He has established a strong reputation for his ability to deal with cases based primarily on circumstantial evidence.
Such is the standard of Jonathan's work and dedication that he demonstrates to each of his cases that he has received commendations from various police forces recognising his efforts on a number of prosecutions.
Jonathan does not undertake publicly funded defence work.
R v AT and 21 others (Operation Buster)
Jonathan is instructed as junior counsel in the prosecution of defendants alleged to be involved in the importation and National trafficking of 100s kilograms of class A and B drugs.
R v AM and 21 others (Operation Trent)
Jonathan is instructed as leading counsel (leading John Hallissey) in the prosecution of individuals charged with involvement in an organised crime group, responsible for the region-wide sourcing and movement of kilograms of Class A drugs. These were drugs that were to be adulterated into the tens of kilograms and then distributed through a City-wide network for sale within Leicester and the surrounding areas.
R v DB and 26 others (Operation Radar)
Jonathan is instructed as leading counsel (leading John Hallissey) in the prosecution of individuals charged with involvement in the National supply of tens of very significant mulitiple quantities of Class A drugs into Lincolnshire.
R v ET and 5 others (Operation Hyrax)
Jonathan is instructed as junior counsel (David Herbert Q.C. leading) in the prosecution of 5 defendants charged with murder and another with assisting an offender.
R v AK and 2 Others (Operation Dove)
Jonathan was instructed as junior counsel (David Herbert Q.C. leading) in the prosecution of 3 men involved in the destruction by fire of a shop premises on Hinckley Road, Leicester. The men prepared a mixture of tens of litres of petrol and barbeque fuel which was distributed in the basement of the premises and subsequently ignited. The group intended to make a false insurance claim in relation to the shop. At the time of the ignition, 6 people were within the shop or family home above it. Five people died in the ensuing explosion and fire.
The case involved the use of a witness who provided evidence pursuant to an agreement under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Offenders assisting investigations and prosecutions).
Each defendant was convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and five counts of murder.
R v NH and 13 others (Operation Header)
Jonathan is instructed as junior counsel in the prosecution of individuals alleged to be involved in a conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and associated attempted murder, by shooting.
R v FS and 3 others (Operation Puli)
Jonathan was instructed as junior alone in the prosecution of 4 men convicted of conspiracy to rob. Although the intended victim was never identified, the group were intercepted as they travelled to commit a carefully planned a ‘home invasion’ type robbery. They were arrested in possession of balaclavas, real and fake firearms, cable ties and duct tape. The offence had been planned over a number of weeks and had involved reconnoitres of a home.
R v LP and 7 others (Operation Saracen)
Jonathan is instructed as leading counsel in the prosecution of individuals alleged to be involved in the regional distribution of large quantities of class A drugs.
R v HH and 2 others (Operation Rain)
Jonathan is instructed in the prosecution of individuals alleged to be involved in the burglary of premises containing automatic teller machines (ATMs) and theft of £100,000s from within them.
R v DM and 6 others (Operation Nebule)
Jonathan is instructed as leading counsel in the prosecution of individuals alleged to be involved in the manufacture and supply of very large quantities of amphetamine
R v JP and 4 others (Operation Luke)
Jonathan was instructed as led junior (David Herbert Q.C. leading) in the prosecution of defendants involved in the international trafficking, importation into and distribution throughout the United Kingdom, of approximately 100 kilograms of cocaine and heroin.
The prosecution involved liaison with law enforcement agencies based in France, Holland and Pakistan; realising significant amounts of evidence from those jurisdictions.
Following trial the two ‘ring-leaders’ of the group were sentenced to 25 and 24 years imprisonment.
R v NG and 13 others (Operation Intruder)
Jonathan was instructed as leading counsel (leading John Hallissey) in the prosecution of defendants involved in the national and regional distribution of multiple kilograms of cocaine and heroin.
R v RK and 7 others (Operation Beagle)
Jonathan was leading counsel (leading John Hallissey) in the prosecution of defendants involved in the national and regional distribution of multiple kilograms of recently imported, high purity cocaine between West Yorkshire and Leicestershire.
R v UK and 1 other (Operation Mazier)
Jonathan was instructed by the CPS Organised Crime Division, in the prosecution of defendants involved in the importation / attempted importation of prohibited firearms (disguised stun guns), over a thousand rounds of ammunition a fragmentation grenade all of which had been purchased on the ‘dark web’. The case involved the use of evidence from the United States and Sweden.
One of the defendants was also involved in the supply of tens of prohibited firearms and compatible ammunition to criminals and criminal groups within the United Kingdom.
The primary defendant received a sentence of 22 1/2 years imprisonment following a guilty plea.
R v AM and 5 others (Operation Joyce)
Jonathan prosecuted defendants involved in the national and regional supply of large quantities of cocaine. It was cocaine supplied between two well-established criminal groups: one able to source kilograms of high purity, recently imported, cocaine. The other involved in the adulteration of that cocaine into lower purities, to allow it’s regional supply of multiple kilograms of cocaine.
R v MA and 3 others (Operation Kneel)
Jonathan was led junior (David Herbert Q.C. leading) in the prosecution of defendants involved in the importation of prohibited firearms (semi – automatic and fully automatic) and compatible ammunition into the United Kingdom.
The head of the group responsible for the importation was convicted after trial and received a sentence of life imprisonment (10 year 9 month minimum term).
Jonathan received a personal letter of recognition from the Chief Superintendent of the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit, Regional Organised Crime Unit and Counter Terrorism Unit for his work on the case. The letter commended Jonathan’s “dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm in the prosecution of this dangerous Organised Crime Group”.
R v SW and 6 others (Operation Limit 2)
Jonathan was leading counsel (leading John Hallissey) for the prosecution of defendants involved in the transfer of a loaded, fully automatic machine pistol into Leicester. This was the first automatic weapon recovered in Leicestershire.
Jonathan received a Regional Deputy Chief Constable's commendation for his role in this case. His citation for the award described his commitment to the case as "unrivalled".