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UK Bar Guide
Individual Profile

Jon Swain

Furnival Chambers - London

Jon Swain - Furnival Chambers
  • 30-32 Furnival Street
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • EC4A 1JQ

Profile submitted by Jon Swain

Practice Areas

Crime, inquests, regulatory work. Direct access qualified.

Professional Memberships

Lincoln's Inn, South Eastern Circuit, CBA.


I act 100% for the defence, and regard client care (professional and lay) as a paramount matter. Called to Bar 1983. Member of Furnival Chambers since 1986. Instructed in number of high profile cases since then in various regions of England and Wales. Recent cases: R. v. R, Lewes Crown Court, historic rapes (acquitted), R. v. Bass, Reading Crown Court, murder/manslaughter with mental health and causation issues (convicted manslaughter & hospital order). R. v. H, stranger rape (convicted; hospital order) R. v. B, historic rape of ex-partner (acquitted). R. v. Frew, Leeds Crown Court (manslaughter). R. v. O'Brien, Manchester Crown Court (importation of 10 lorry loads of cannabis; (acquitted). R. v. Dell, Oxford Crown Court (attempt handling stolen scrap metal; acquitted). R. v. T, Aylesbury Crown Court multiple rapes of partner (acquitted), R. v. Carroll, Norwich Crown Court (att murder, att GBH, rape of prostitute (historic DNA case). R. v. Mughal Birmingham Crown Court, (complex fraud), R. v. Zare Manchester Crown Court, money laundering (acquitted). R. v. Petriekis C.C.C. murder (Loss of control). NMC v. Biggs (representing midwife arising from Morecambe Bay investigations of 2008). Forthcoming trials: R. Vafiadis Reading murder, R. v. M. Southampton (historic sexual abuse), R. v. D. Southampton (historic sexual abuse).


Born 1959. Leisure interests include cricket, tennis and country life.