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Gillian Jones QC

Gillian Jones QC

Call: 1996     Silk: 2017

Gillian is described as a ‘brilliant’ practitioner who is fabulous and absolutely faultless – solicitors appreciate her quality of advocacy before juries and her adaptability.  She is extremely bright and extremely hard-working … assiduous, quick thinking, with very good judgement.

Recommended as a leading individual in 2016/2017 in financial crime, business and regulatory crime (including global investigations), Proceeds of Crime Act and Asset Forfeiture as well as, general crime. Gillian has developed a particular specialisation in financial and corporate crime, acting on behalf of both individuals and Corporates. Many of her cases have a global reach. Gillian also has considerable experience and expertise in professional misconduct cases, homicide and serious sexual offences. She is able to take the client through difficult decisions, and Gillian attracts plaudits for both her advocacy and her upbeat attitude – she stands her ground and holds her own.

Fraud and Business Crime

Gillian also acts as independent disclosure counsel and advises City law firms on money laundering and compliance procedures. Her practice is such that she has acquired specialist knowledge of restraint and confiscation, the obtaining of material from foreign jurisdictions, and an understanding and analysis of complex bank movements and off-shore transactions. Gillian has conducted contempt proceedings for Breach of Restraint Order.

Complex Market FraudFraudBribery & Corruption

  • (2017–2018) Currently advising FCA on large scale investigation into allegations of misleading the markets and related FSMA offences.
  • LIBOR 2 (R v R & Ors) (2016) Prosecution junior for SFO in international fraud involving the rigging of LIBOR (the London Interbank Offer Rate) allegedly involving interdealer brokers from ICAP (the largest brokerage company in the world), RP Martin and Tullett Prebon. Press Links: Reuters
  • LIBOR 1 – R v Hayes (2015) Instructed by SFO in first international prosecution for LIBOR. Said to be the biggest financial conspiracy in history. Investigation involved a number of banks: UBS, Deutsche Bank, JPMC and Barclays, and was linked to FBI and Department of Justice prosecutions in America. Subject to an interlocutory appeal and an appeal against conviction – successfully upheld (R v Hayes [2015] EWCA Crim 1944). Press Links: Bloomberg Businessweek
  • R v Mustafa & Ors (2014 -2015) FCA’s flagship prosecution of an insider dealing ring involving two international investment banks – JPMC & UBS. Inside information used to spread bet before the market knew of potential takeover & mergers.
  • Experience of both exchange and over the counter traded products, futures, spread betting, FSMA offences and other market related frauds.

  • Currently advising corporate client on strategy and LPP issues arising from SFO investigation.
  • R v XX (2017-2018) Currently instructed in an investigation into the unlicensed manufacture and distribution of medicines for human use and laundering of the proceeds.
  • R v XX (2017-2018) Instructed in private prosecution arising from alleged international property fraud and forgery of company documents set against a background of related international civil proceedings.
  • R v Robey & Ors (2017) Lead counsel for first defendant in public authority procurement fraud involving allegations of misconduct in public office relating to the award of contracts for the upkeep and maintenance of social housing in the London Borough of Southwark and laundering the proceeds.
  • R v K & Ors (2016-2017) Defended large scale investment fraud – Rare Earth Metals and laundering of the proceeds.
  • R v Gilbert & Ors (2015-2017) Lead Prosecution counsel in 13-handed £11m international conspiracy to sell unlicensed and counterfeit medicines over the internet and launder the proceeds. Press Links: International Business times
  • R v MacDonald & Downes (2014-2015) Defence counsel for ‘banker’ of criminal conspiracy to defraud involving £20m boiler room fraud (US ‘penny shares’ and carbon credits) and money laundering.  Press Links: Evening Standard
  • Other cases involve tax and VAT fraud, advance fee fraud, defrauding public authorities, investment, shipping and commercial property fraud. Fraudulent trading, money laundering and counterfeit medicines fraud.

  • Currently instructed on a large scale international bribery and corruption investigation on behalf of SFO.
  • Advised international energy company on anti-corruption, regulatory issues and self reporting.


Over the last 20 years Gillian has developed extensive experience in defending in multi-handed organised crime, murder and manslaughter cases, particularly those involving complex medical and scientific evidence. She is described as highly experienced in cases of murder and manslaughter, and also undertakes cold case work. She is said to be bright, hard-working and fun; gets on well with people, and carries cases.

Murder and ManslaughterDrugs and Organised CrimeSerious Sexual Offences

  • R v Adams & Ors (2016-2017) Leading defence counsel for first defendant in conspiracy to murder “hit-man for hire” drive-by shooting case arising out a feud between two families. Extensive expert evidence – high security trial.
  • R v Bromley (2014) Defended in manslaughter cold case review. Father of deceased ran a large scale media campaign alleging murder. Inquest reopened found death by unlawful killing. IPCC subsequently found numerous failings and investigation re-opened. Defendant charged with gross negligence manslaughter 12 years after the event. Extensive abuse of process argument – defendant acquitted of manslaughter. Press Link: BBC
  • R v Islam & Ors (2014) Defended in the “body in the basement murder” – said to be a motiveless joint enterprise murder. Case involved extensive CCTV reconstruction, disputed expert evidence including blood spatter and DNA. Press Link: BBC

  • R v Adams & Ors (2017) Leading defence counsel for first defendant in organised crime group tie-up aggravated burglary case in which occupants were tortured. Described by Court of Appeal as of one of the most serious examples of the type of case it had seen.
  • R v De’Oliveira & Ors (2016) Defence Counsel in Operation Samba, involved the infiltration and covert surveillance of two major organised crime groups in the receipt, repressing and onward sale of high quality cocaine, MDMA, amphetamine and cannabis.  Press Link: BBC
  • R v Edwards & Ors (2014-2015) Leading defence counsel for the first of 7 defendants and alleged mastermind in an international drug gang trial, involving a sophisticated covert distribution network to import huge quantities of cocaine in consignments of fruit from Costa Rica using corrupt dockworkers: 26kgs of cocaine worth £10m seized, and two earlier runs identified. Press Link: The Portsmouth News

Gillian has a wealth of experience in this specialised area of advocacy involving the cross-examination of the very young and vulnerable. Gillian is a Course Director for the ‘Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Course’ (developed on behalf of the Inns of Court College of Advocacy) and a facilitator on behalf of Lincoln’s Inn. Gillian is also a contributor to Rook & Ward: ‘Sexual Offences, Law & Practice’ and a contributing author to Case Management and Ground Rules Hearings toolkits on the Advocates Gateway.

  • R v S (2016) Defended historic familial sexual allegations dating back from 1960s to present day: youngest of 3 complainants 6 years old at time of trial. Acquitted.
  • R v T (2016) Defended historic allegations of both violent and sexual offences by step father. Complaint arose following counselling and in part recovered memory syndrome. Acquitted.
  • R v DS (2016) Defended alleged stranger rape with prior convictions for similar offending. Acquitted.
  • R v D & Ors (2016) Defended multi handed historical systematic rape and indecent assaults of young girls in care by Asian men, through incremental grooming steps including alcohol and drugs. Complex legal arguments in respect of previous convictions (Operation Bullfinch), contamination and credibility.
  • R v C (2014) Defended a known Kurdish Mafia gang member, alleged to have conducted a reign of terror over his wife and her family, including marital rape, threats with firearms and various offences of assault and harassment with fear of violence. Acquitted on all counts.
  • R v B (2014) Defended historic (5 years) rape and serious sexual assault by a step brother against his two step sisters. The youngest complainant was five at the time of the alleged offences and ten at trial. She suffered from severe learning disabilities: cross-examination was conducted via an intermediary. The second complainant twelve at the time of trial. Defendant 19 at trial – acquitted on all counts.

Professional Disciplinary & Regulatory

Financial RegulationMedicines RegulationProfessional Discipline

As a result of her work for the FCA, the SFO and her experience in both defending and prosecuting cases involving Tax/VAT evasion, as well as appearing before the First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber), Gillian has developed a specialism in Financial Services Regulation.

As part of her advisory work, Gillian advises city law firms in respect of corporate compliance and governance issues. She currently acts as legal advisor to a large international energy company on anti-corruption and regulatory issues.

Please refer to Fraud and Corporate crime for cases.

Gillian is regularly instructed on behalf of the MHRA (Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority), in respect of breaches of the regime for the regulation of the manufacture, distribution and supply of medicines for human use. She was instructed in the first MHRA prosecution in respect of counterfeit life saving medicines (e.g. cancer drugs), introduced into the UK supply chain. It required detailed knowledge of the Medicines Regime in the UK and in Europe. Over 20 international experts and over 200 live witnesses were called.

She is currently instructed in an international investigation into the manufacture and distribution of unlicensed medicines.

Gillian is currently on the General Medical Counsel’s developmental list of prosecuting counsel.

Gillian also represents public officials charged with misconduct in public office. The cases often involve concurrent internal/disciplinary investigations and complex issues as to disclosure. Gillian has acted on behalf of:

  • Senior Employee of London Borough of Southwark who was alleged to have abused his position, to award work for the maintenance of social housing to companies to which he was connected.
  • Head of Procurement for an NHS Trust who was alleged to have accepted corrupt payments in return for the award of contracts.
  • Governor of HMP Downview who was alleged to have authorised regime enhancements, weekend release and other benefits to women prisoners in return for sex.
  • A paramedic charged with misconduct for failing to resuscitate a patient: successfully argued that a paramedic does not hold public office.

International Representation

Gillian has unique experience is in the field of Mutual Legal Assistance. She was instructed in the case of Silvio Berlusconi and David Mills as prosecution counsel in the UK MLA proceedings: taking of evidence from key witnesses; issues as to legal professional privilege both in the UK and Italy; jurisdictional legal arguments and issues over the transmission of material via UKCA.

Gillian is also experienced in advising on, as well as drafting European Arrest Warrants leading to the extradition of defendants to the UK.

Publications, Lectures and Training

Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Course – Course Director, Inns of Court College of Advocacy (2017) and a facilitator on behalf of Lincoln’s Inn.

Sexual Offences, Law & Practice – Youth Court, Rook & Ward, Sweet & Maxwell (Current edition), contributor.

Case Management and Ground Rules Hearing Toolkits, Advocate’s Gateway, (2017), contributor.

Corporate and Financial Crime – Conspiracy, Practical Law, (2016), co-author.

Webinar – Market Abuse and FCA Enforcement, Lexis Nexis, (2015), contributor.

Archbold Magistrates Court: Criminal Practice’, Sweet & Maxwell, (2005-2010), contributing editor.

Forensic Gynaecology: Towards better care of the female victim of sexual assault – The Law of Rape, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, (2004), contributor.

Legal Network TV (College of Law) training DVDs on developments in Criminal Law (varied), contributor.

Government Consultation Papers – Expert evidence, VHCC and Legal Aid reform, reform of sexual offences and sentencing, juveniles, vulnerable witnesses and the Homicide Act 2008, on behalf of Bar Council and CBA, (varied), contributor.


Recommended individual for Financial Crime, Business and Regulatory Crime (including global investigations), Proceeds of Crime Act and Asset Forfeiture and general Crime in Chambers UK 2017, Legal 500 2017 and Who’s Who Legal 2017.

  • Fabulous and absolutely faultless – solicitors appreciate her quality of advocacy before juries and her adaptability.’ – Legal 500 (2017)
  • A ‘brilliant’ practitioner who is described by market sources as ‘bright, hard-working and fun” …highly experienced in cases of murder and manslaughter and also undertakes cold case work. She attracts plaudits for both her advocacy and upbeat attitude.’ –  Chambers UK (2017)
  • Highly reputable for sensitive sexual offences cases’ – Legal 500 (2017)
  • She can always be relied upon to get to grips with detail and complexity’ – Legal 500 (2017)
  • Hard-working, intelligent, highly capable’Chambers UK (2017)
  • ‘..a quick-thinking aggressive advocate, whose cases involve allegations of insider dealing, rate rigging and investment fraud …outstanding ..very good judgment..very hard working, intelligent and capable’Chambers UK (2017)
  • Very approachable and happy to explore different ideas’Legal 500 (2016)
  • She stands her ground and holds her own.’ – Legal 500 (2016)
  • Gillian is ‘extremely dedicated and extremely bright,’… ‘she’s an absolutely first-class worker, with bubbling enthusiasm and common sense. She’s able to take the client through difficult decisions.’ – Chambers UK (2016)
  • Has a strong track record defending and prosecuting sophisticated financial crime cases. She regularly deals with investment fraud, anti-competitive trading and FSMA offences’Chambers UK (2016)
  • She’s really top-drawer but doesn’t blow her own trumpet’ – Chambers UK (2016)
  • She is very hard-working, thorough and efficient. She is good with the client too.’ – Legal 500 (2016)
  • Extremely bright and extremely hard-working.’ – Chambers UK (2016)


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Criminal Bar Association (Secretary 2012 -2013, currently Treasurer 2017)

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Fraud Lawyers Association

Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association (HSLA)

International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law

Justice, Liberty

South Eastern Circuit

Lincoln’s Inn



Professional Appointments

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SFO Queens Counsel Panel (2017)

CPS Specialist Panels: Fraud, Organised Crime, Confiscation/Asset Recovery (current)

Recorder (2012) – authorised to sit in serious sex offence cases.

Developmental List: General Medical Council (2012 to date)

Treasurer of the Criminal Bar Association (2017)

Management Committee of the Advocate’s Gateway (2015 to date)

Course Director for Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) and Rook Groups ‘Advocacy and the Vulnerable’ (2015 to date)

Public Access (Direct Access) Qualified (2011)


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Italian (moderate)