Carmelite Chambers

Jonathan Lennon

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Practice Areas

Jonathan is becoming to the ‘go to’ junior for heavyweight complex fraud work, asset recovery and POCA related cases; he lectures widely on the issues including om Unexplained Wealth Orders. Jonathan acted in the first POCA civil recovery case to reach the Supreme Court; SOCA v Gale (2011). In recent years he has acted for legal professionals charged with money laundering, book-keepers and accountants charged with tax fraud, acted for a director of a pension trustee company charged with pension fraud and for a mortgage broker charged with what is reputed to be Britain’s biggest ever mortgage fraud. In 2016 he acted in the Buckingham Palace corruption trials and defended in 4 High Court civil recovery cases. Jonathan, also brought the landmark case in the High Court which changed the law on cash forfeiture: Angus v UKBA and also acted in the seminal case on disclosure and PII: R v H & C; which remains the leading case on the issue.

More recently Jonathan has been instructed to advise a company director on conflict issues involving an internal corruption investigation for possible resolution by a Deferred Prosecution Agreement.

Jonathan's non-fraud work is also substantial and complex which includes the notorious and highly complex murder case of R v Rees (2008-11). The case was reputed to have involved one of the longest pre-trial legal arguments in English criminal litigation history. Jonathan also prosecutes for the Bar Standards Board and advises on Judicial Review challenges to search warrants and Production Orders.

Professional Memberships

Previous Executive Committee member of Criminal Bar Association and South East Circuit, current Executive Committee member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.


Called 1997.


Contributing author to Covert Human Intelligence Sources, Waterside Press, articles in Proceeds of Crime Review and International Banking and Financial Law.