Jonathan Barker Crime

Call: 2006

Introduction

Jonathan is a specialist criminal practitioner. He has established a practice far beyond his year of call. A confident and persuasive trial advocate, Jonathan is instructed to defend in cases involving allegations of serious criminal conduct. His practice covers the full spectrum of criminal offences, from serious violence to complex frauds, and includes regulatory crime. He is fully conversant in the law relating to Proceeds of Crime including confiscation, restraint and cash forfeiture.

Aside from defending, Jonathan prosecutes, either on his own or in very complicated cases as a led junior, for the Crown Prosecution Service, including the Complex Case Work Unit division, and other prosecuting authorities.

Jonathan read law at University College London. He was awarded the prestigious Queen Mother Scholarship from the Middle Temple. Whilst at Bar School he won an award for his advocacy.

What the Directories Say:

  • “His technical mind allows him to assimilate complex information quickly.” – Legal 500 2019

Memberships:

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Midland Circuit

Crime

Jonathan's practice covers the full spectrum of criminal offences including, but not limited to, cases involving drugs, conspiracies, serious violence, child cruelty, public order offences and road traffic offences. He appears in Crown Courts across the land and has been involved in a number of cases before the Court of Appeal.

Reported Cases:

R v F (Operation Stoat). 2013. Northampton Crown Court. Instructed by the defence. F accused of being at the top of a multi-handed conspiracy to supply drugs.

R v P. 2013. Birmingham Crown Court. Instructed by the defence. P accused of Death by Careless driving.

R v K. 2012. Birmingham Crown Court. Instructed by the defence. K acquitted of section 18. R v Mallin. 2012. Birmingham Crown Court. Instructed by the defence. Large scale football violence case involving QPR and West Bromwich Albion fans. Acquitted.

R v OConnor. 2012. Birmingham Crown Court. Instructed by the defence. Allegation of robbery during Birmingham Gay Pride Festival. Acquitted.

R v Addison. 2012. Stafford Crown Court. Instructed by the defence. Possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply.

R v Ellis. 2012. Birmingham. Instructed by the defence. Prisoner officer accused of assaulting a serving prisoner. Acquitted.

R v Givans. 2011. Birmingham Crown Court & the Court of Appeal. Instructed by the defence. G, a former footballer, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs. Sentencing judge persuaded to pass a suspended sentence. Sentence subsequently referred by the Attorney General to the Court of Appeal on the grounds that it was unduly lenient. Court of Appeal held sentence was not unduly lenient.

R v J. 2011. Birmingham Crown Court. Instructed on behalf of the defence. J accused of blackmailing a local buisness man.

R v Webb (2011) Hereford Crown Court. Instructed on behalf of the prosecution. Multiple counts of Child Cruelty.

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Fraud, Business and Financial Crime

Jonathan has a particular interest in white collar crime including paper heavy frauds. He is very good on detail and quickly gets to grips with cases involving voluminous paperwork.

Reported Cases:

R v C. 2013. Leicester Crown Court. Instructed by the defence to represent a prison officer accused of expenses fraud.

R v Ahmed (Operation Bromwich). 2012. Birmingham Crown Court. Instructed by the defence. Multi handed conspiracy to export stolen car parts to the Middle East. Acquitted.

R v Arwo (Operation Oxygen). 2012. Birmingham Crown Court. Instructed by the CPS Complex Case Work Unit. Multi million pound charity fraud.

R v Badham. 2012. Teesside Crown Court. Instructed by the defence. Care worker accused of fraud against a vulnerable patient. Acquitted.

R v Coombes & Ors. 2011. Hereford Crown Court. Instructed on behalf of the defence. Cash for Crash insurance fraud.

R v Johnson. 2011. Birmingham Crown Court. Instructed on behalf of the prosecution. Employee accused of theft and false accounting.

R v Najafi. 2011. Birmingham Crown Court. Instructed on behalf of the defence. Complex case involving allegations of immigration and passport fraud.

R v Thomas 2011 Worcester Crown Court. Instructed on behalf of the defence. Defendant charged with benefit fraud. Acquitted.

R v Chopra. 2011. Wolverhampton Crown Court. Instructed by the defence. Substantial and paper-heavy trading standards prosecution to do with the miss-selling of alarms systems to vulnerable clients.

R v Jama. 2009. Birmingham Crown Court. Instructed by the defence. J, serving life for the murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky, accused of stabbing another prisoner at a high-security prison.

R v Dupee. 2009. Court of Appeal. Defendant was one of four drug couriers who attempted to smuggle 1.75 million worth of Cocaine into the UK via the cruise ship P&O Arcadia. It was successfully argued that the sentence imposed by the Crown Court was manifestly excessive.

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Homicide (Murder and Manslaughter)

Jonathan has experience in complex murder cases. He has particular experience in disclosure and PII.

Reported Cases:

R v H and others (Operation Guild). 2013. Birmingham Crown Court. Murder. Instructed by the CPS Complex Casework division as disclosure junior for the Crown.

R v Bayliss. 2012. Worcester Crown Court. Murder of Kings Norton taxi driver. Instructed as disclosure junior for the Crown.

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Restraint and Confiscation

Jonathan has been involved in many cases involving the application the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. He has particular experience in confiscation, asset restraint and cash forfeiture and has lectured on these subjects.

Reported Cases:

Serious Organised Crime Agency v Lawrence. 2011. Basildon Crown Court. Led junior for the defence in 5 day contested confiscation of a trading standard prosecution where criminal benefit alleged as 36.7m and assets 1.2m.

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Serious Sexual Offences

Jonathan has been involved in a number of high profile cases involving allegations of sexual offences. These cases have often involved multiple complainants including children. He is experienced in third party disclosure and PII procedures He has attended the Midland Circuits accredited Sexual Offences Course.

Reported Cases:

R v Caple. 2012. Worcester Crown Court. Instructed for the prosecution. 80 year old man convicted of Indecent exposure.

R v Corbett. 2012. Hereford Crown Court. Instructed as led junior for the prosecution. C convicted of multiple rapes against several victims. C sentenced to IPP.

R v Tuckley & Finney (Operation Noun). 2011. Worcester Crown Court. Instructed as led junior for the prosecution. Widely publicised case involving systematic sexual abuse of family members by T, a former member of the SAS, and his uncle, a former paramedic. Both sentenced to IPP.

R v S. 2011. Worcester Crown Court. Instructed on behalf of the defence. S, a care worker, accused of inappropriate behaviour towards a vulnerable service user.

R v Smith. 2011. Leicester Crown Court. Instructed on behalf of the defence. Indecent exposure. Crown offered no evidence upon consideration of the defence statement.

R v Sidaway. 2011. Birmingham Crown Court. Instructed on behalf of the defence. Serious knife-point sexual assault. Sentence referred by the Attorney-General for consideration by the Court of Appeal.

R v Beardsley. 2010. Worcester Crown Court. Instructed as led junior for the prosecution. B convicted of a host of sexual offences, including rape, against his daughters.

R v DP. 2009. Court of Appeal. Instructed by the defence. Young defendant convicted of sexual offences against his sister, including rape. The sentence imposed by the Crown Court was referred to the Court of Appeal by the Attorney General on the grounds that it was unduly lenient and was duly dismissed by the Lord Chief Justice.

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