Profile submitted by Jonathan Lennon
Jonathan is becoming to the ‘go to’ junior for heavyweight complex fraud work and POCA related cases. He works well with both lay clients and solicitors and always impresses. Jonathan acted in the first civil recovery case to reach the Supreme Court; SOCA v Gale (2011) which is now expected to be admitted to the European Court of Human Rights. In recent years he has acted for a legal professional charged with money laundering, book-keepers and accountants charged with tax fraud, lead for the principal defendant in a major SFO boiler-room 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, as well as for a hedge fund manager in a significant case on international enforcement of freezing orders in a case brought by the American authorities; SEC v Manterfield. Jonathan was instructed by the SFO in High Court civil recovery proceedings and has acted in ‘Mareva’ freezing injunction cases in the Commercial Court. Jonathan's non-fraud work is also substantial and complex which includes the notorious and highly complex murder case of R v Rees. The case was reputed to have involved one of the longest pre-trial legal arguments in English criminal litigation history. In 2017 Jonathan was instructed to act for a billionaire businessman accused of overseas bribery and corruption (NCA case) as well as advising a company director in relation to a proposed Deferred Prosecution Agreement in a significant SFO bribery and corruption investigation He was also instructed on a number of other significant cases including acting for an accountant accused of involvement in tax fraud; for trial in 2018.
Previous Executive Committee member of Criminal Bar Association and South East Circuit, current Executive Committee member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.
In 2017 Jonathan was appointed to the Bar Standards Board Prosecution Panel.
Contributing author to Covert Human Intelligence Sources, Waterside Press, articles in Proceeds of Crime Review and International Banking and Financial Law.