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Jonathan Caplan QC

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Criminal and civil fraud, corporate liability, media law and contempt, public inquiries, disciplinary and regulatory, health and safety, corruption, money laundering and general criminal issues. Recent cases include: Successfully defending the former Managing Editor of the News of the World in the phone hacking trial (2013-2014). Representing the Department of Justice in Hong Kong in an appeal concerning letters of request to China (2013) and also in an appeal to the Court of Final Appeal concerning communications by defence lawyers with prosecution witnesses and the application of perverting the course of justice (2013). Advising in connection with a multi jurisdiction corruption investigation involving Asia and Europe. Representing Associated Newspapers in the Leveson Inquiry (2011-2012). Representing the SFO in a case involving the construction of section 501 of the Companies Act 2006 (2013). Representing a member of the Saudi Royal family in a libel case against Forbes magazine (2013-4). Advising a senior trader in connection with the LIBOR investigations (2013-2014). Recent reported cases include: AG v Mirror Group Newspapers (2012) 1 WLR 2408 (meaning of "impedence" in Contempt of Court Act); AG v Associated Newspapers (2011) 1 WLR 2097 (first internet contempt case); R v McQuoid Times Law Reports 23rd June 2009 (appeal concerning first FSA prosecution for insider dealing); FACT v Ashton (2013) All ER (D) 60 (June) (domestic infringement of BSkyB rights); R v Balfour Beatty (2007) Business Law Reports 77 (appeal concerning Hatfield Rail disaster); Alton Towers (2007) EWHC Admin 624 (noise nuisance case concerning theme park); R v N Limited (2008) 1 WLR 2684 (jurisdiction to entertain submission of no case before conclusion of prosecution case). Have appeared in many complex fraud cases here and abroad including Guinness ((1996) I Cr App Rep 463), Mirror Group pension, Barings Bank, Blue Arrow, Versailles and Langbar; also Allied Group ((2001) 1 HKLRD 599) and many other cases in Hong Kong as well as cases in Singapore ((1996) 1 SLR 161). Represented P and O Ferries after Zeebrugge disaster ((1991) 93 Cr App Rep 72), Great Western trains after Southall rail crash ((2000) QB 796), and Balfour Beatty after Hatfield disaster ((2007) BLR 77). Media cases include representing Saudi Prince in libel proceedings against Forbes magazine, Associated Newspapers in Leveson Inquiry, John Cleese in libel case against Daily Mail (2004) EMLR 37. Jimmy Nail in libel case against News of the World (2004) EWHC 647, and Channel 5 before OFCOM on premium telephone competitions.


Recorder of the Crown Court; Master of the Bench of Grays Inn; Co-Head of Chambers; former Chairman of the Public Affairs Committee of the Bar Council; Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Member of the Adjudication Panel for the Dubai Media Authority.


Contributing editor to Fraud: Law, Practice and Procedure (Lexis Nexis). Former Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Criminal Law. Member of the Times Law Panel from 2009.