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Jonathan Turner

  • Year of call: 1999



Having been called to the Bar in 1999 Jonathan practised from some of the top sets in London for 16 years before relocating to the Northwest. Having learned his trade out of the area Jonathan has no relationship with the local Judiciary and is able to act with fearless independence without the constraints that many of the local Bar, perhaps subconsciously, appear compelled to display.

Jonathan takes pride in his knowledge of the rules of evidence and taking a historically strict approach to their enforcement and interpretation to the benefit of the defendant.

Jonathan specialises in defending the most serious drug, fraud and firearm offences which have been prosecuted on the circuit; his experience resulting in fantastic results for defendants in cases thought to be unwinnable.

He also receives instructions in relation to regulatory offences, especially concerning the New Roads and Street Works Act and has travelled the country successfully defending utility companies.

Jonathan posts details on Twitter of some of the cases which he has been involved in. Please follow him on @jturnercrimbar for details.

Reported Cases

Violent Offences:
R v Seigher, Davis, Patrick and Castell - seven-week trial of four defendants charged with section 18 GBH, affray and racially aggravated ABH. The two complainants suffered stab wounds, fractures and bite marks.

R v Lovett and two others - 20-day trial for S18 GBH in relation to three brothers who pushed a man in front a moving bus and continued the attack as he lay trapped under the bus wheels by repeatedly kicking his head. Click here for the report from the Daily Mail.

R v Coyle and four others - the defendant from a travelling community attempted to remove a body from the morgue at Lewisham Hospital when he was interrupted by the deceased's family. This resulted in a knife fight moving along the hospital wings and serious injuries being inflicted. Click here for the news report.

R v Adeyemi - five-week trial involving four family members accused of abusing their related children to years of neglect and assaults.

R v Yekinni - 2-week trial of tax evasion and false benefit claims with papers amounting to over 5,000 pages.

R v Turner and five others - the theft of over £500,000 worth of plant equipment which was shipped to Cyprus. Click here to see the report from the Bexley Times.

R v Walsh and Another - fraud involving the forgery of court documents and unlawful evictions. Click here to see the news report.

R v Mordi - fraud involving the loss of over £100,000 from the Borough of Southwark. Click here to see the news report.

R v Bagdu & Huber - possession with intent to supply class A drugs. The case resulted from a lengthy surveillance operation and involved a number of P.I.I. applications.

R v Sheikh - 21-day trial dealing with charges of supplying drugs, possession of firearms and perverting the course of justice.

R v Round - conspiracy to supply class A drugs which had been stolen from Manchester Police Property Store by a civilian employee of the police. Click to see the report in the Manchester Evening News. The case was also reported in the Mirror Online.

R v Gilloway & Ferry - sophisticated operation to cultivate cannabis with a potential yield in excess of £300,000 per annum.

Sexual Offences:
R v Farrar - prosecuted a man who admitted 41 charges including making indecent images of children. The case was covered in The Sun.

R v Reeves - 10 day trial of a defendant indicted with sexual assault of her twin cousins who she caused to perform oral sex upon her for many years.

R v Quaintance - trial of historic pedophilic sexual abuse within the Catholic Church with multiple complainants. Click here to see the news report.

R v Shults - stepfather accused of historic sexual abuse of his stepdaughter over a prolonged period.

Reported Cases:
R v Clancy [2012] 2 Cr.App.R. 7, CA (para 24-183 Archbold) - possession of a bladed article and reasonable excuse

Other Cases:
R v Farhan - Defended a man accused of committing fraud by arranging sham marriages. The case received coverage in the Sun and on the CPS website.

R v Eccleshare - prosecuted a man who stole £8,000 from a family friend while she was seriously ill in hospital. The case received coverage in the Daily Mail, the Manchester Evening News and the Bolton News.

R v Jordan Walters - prosecuted a burglar who stole a cash tin after a ‘smash and grab' robbery of a grocer's shop. The case was reported in the Bolton News.

R v Milne & Hudson - prosecuted two burglars who tried to steal military memorabilia including guns and swords. Click here to see the case reported in the Liverpool Echo.

R v Logan & Ryder - prosecuted in a care home case. Click here to see the report in the Mirror Online.

Regulatory & Professional Disciplinary:
R v Tinkers - selling of unsafe electrical items in breach of health and safety regulations.

London Borough of Southwark v Thames Water - accused of breaching permit conditions.

London Borough of Enfield v Thames Water - acquittal following charges brought under S71(2) and S60(1) of the


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