Jonathan Fisher QC

Jonathan Fisher QC

LEAD COUNSEL

Contact details:

Email jf@brightlinelaw.co.uk
Telephone + 44 (0)203 709 9470
 

Jonathan Fisher QC is ranked as a leading barrister in Band 1 for Financial Crime and Proceeds of Crime cases by the internationally recognised law directory, Chambers & Partners UK. He is also ranked in the legal directories as a leading barrister for financial services, fraud and tax cases.

With extensive experience in civil, criminal and regulatory cases, Jonathan has particular expertise in the areas of bribery and corruption, economic sanctions, financial services, fraud, money laundering and proceeds of crime, and tax disputes. Much of Jonathan's work involves cross-border transactions, offshore companies and trusts.

He has been described in the legal directories as "high-flying", "a standout barrister", "having great gravitas … where the stakes are high", "calm, sure, and deadly at spotting the weaknesses of the opponent's case", "judges defer to his knowledge", and “in a game of chess, he would be five steps ahead."

During his career, which began at Red Lion Chambers when it was located at 5 Kings Bench Walk, Jonathan has been instructed in many of the UK’s leading financial crime cases involving serious fraud, bribery, breaching sanctions and tax evasion. He has advised and represented many individuals and companies, as well as government agencies such as the Serious Fraud Office, the Crown Prosecution Service and HM Revenue & Customs. Jonathan’s association with Red Lion Chambers continues as an associate tenant.

Jonathan is a registered practitioner in the Dubai International Financial Court, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and a Chartered Tax Adviser, an accredited Trusts and Estates Practitioner (STEP), a member of the International Bar Association's Anti-Money Laundering Forum, Honorary Member of the London Fraud Forum Steering Group, and General Editor of Lloyds Law Reports: Financial Crime. Between 2006 and 2010 Jonathan was a Trustee Director of the Fraud Advisory Panel, a Committee Member of the Asset Recovery Agency Steering Group between 2003 and 2006, a Legal Panel Member of the Accountancy & Actuarial Discipline Board between 2006 and 2008, and Standing Counsel (Criminal) to HM Commissioners of Inland Revenue at the Central Criminal Court and London Crown Courts between 1991 and 2003.

In addition to his work as a leading barrister, Jonathan is a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics where he teaches modules on Corporate Crime, Financial Crime and International Economic Sanctions. He also undertakes research, participates in LSE’s Law of Financial Markets Project and Crime / Criminal Justice Group, and publishes widely. He is a Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he teaches a two-week course on corporate crime. In July 2015, Jonathan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of England for his contribution to financial crime and financial regulation.

Jonathan has made a significant contribution to reforming law and policy in the areas of financial crime and human rights, and in 2011 he was appointed to serve as a Commissioner on the UK’s Commission on a Bill of Rights. More recently, he was appointed to serve as a member of the Legal Panel of The Red Tape Initiative, a cross-party initiative for reaching consensus on regulatory changes in post-Brexit Britain. An experienced speaker whose views are sought by Government and the media, Jonathan is listed in the UK biographical directories "Who's Who" and "Debrett's People of Today".

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