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Jake is a specialist defence barrister with expertise in defending those accused of the most serious criminal and regulatory offences.

Jake provides solutions and secures results for those whom he represents. His approach is guided by an understanding of how each and every case is of the utmost importance. He is renowned for his tireless preparation, clear advice, personable approach as well as fearless and powerful advocacy.

In addition, Jake is recommended to doctors and other medical professionals for the specialist advice, expert assistance and representation he provides to those facing misconduct hearings before regulatory bodies, particularly the General Medical Council.

In the last 12 months Jake has represented individuals accused of: high profile murder, historic largescale international drug trafficking, the supply of firearms, serious violence and people trafficking. In terms of regulatory cases, Jake has represented doctors accused of: sexual offences, dishonesty and allegation of substandard clinical skills.


The other side of Jake’s work encompasses issues relating to international criminal and humanitarian law. Jake has been instructed on cases involving allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity at international courts in both The Hague and Cambodia. Jake currently works with the Death Penalty Project, where he assists local lawyers undertaking capital punishment cases.

Jake brings with him a wealth of experience gained from working for Non-Governmental Organisations and a number of leading solicitors’ firms in the civil rights arena. This includes two years assisting the families of those who died at the Hillsborough Disaster, a period of time spent in Kenya assisting in a successful group compensation claim for torture during colonial rule in the Mau Mau litigation and advising traders from a leading financial institution in relation to the Libor rate fixing scandal.

General Crime

Jake regularly appears in criminal courts throughout the country. Examples of recent cases he has been involved with include:

  • R v McStravick & Still [2019] – Cut-throat attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life following a domestic shooting incident, tried by a High Court judge

  • Operation Ebony [2019] – Multi-handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs based primarily on extensive cell-site and telephone evidence

  • R v MF [2019] – Defence of a severely disabled man accused of historic sexual offending involving the instruction of five separate defence medical experts (led by Liam Walker)

  • R v Pixley [2018] – Multi-handed allegation of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and violent disorder following an alleged gang dispute

  • R v Eastgate & Others [2018] – Large complex international conspiracy to import and supply Class A drugs, involving multijurisdictional allegations over a five years period and where the defendant is currently serving a 21-year sentence (led by Rebecca Trowler QC)

  • R v Saunders & Others [2018] – £90 million confiscation matter, following guilty pleas to fraud (led by David Bentley QC)

  • R v Gayle & Others [2018] Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of an imitation firearm, arising from a policing operation at the 2017 Notting Hill Carnival

  • R v Morgan [2018] Causing grievous bodily harm with intent (‘section 18’) allegation of stabbing to the neck

  • R v Donnelly [2017] – Murder of a woman following an arranged meet up on an internet dating website. See BBC article here. (led by David Hislop QC)

  • R v Zaman & others [2017] – Conspiracy to burgle, steal and launder the proceeds of £3 million worth of vehicles. Reported as the ‘Gone in 60 Seconds Conspiracy’. See ITV article here. (led by Garry Green)

  • R v Aydar & others [2017] – Unlawful facilitation of illegal immigrants into the UK by a practicing social worker found with refugees in the back of her vehicle

  • R v Speak [2017] – Sexual assault of a British Airways customer by a serving flight attendant

  • R v Lighten [2016] – Attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to engage in sexual activity in the presence of a child by a teacher

  • R v Kayardi – Dangerous driving private prosecution brought by Martin Porter QC (‘the Cycling Silk’) against a driving instructor. See Independant article here.
Criminal Appeals

Recent instructions include:

  • R v Billy Newton [2017] – Ongoing appeal against conviction for murder, arising out of the changes to the joint enterprise principles

  • R v Lawrence [2016] – Successful argument that a sentence of 11 years following a timely guilty plea for attempted armed robbery was manifestly excessive.

  • R v Walshley [2016] – Successful appeal against conviction on the basis of a misapplication of the operation of Code D of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

Inquiries and Inquests

Jake’s experience in criminal courts and knowledge of medical and other expert evidence means that he is regularly instructed to advise and assist families who have lost loved ones, representing them in Coroner’s Courts. Jake has a special interest in assisting families who seek answers through the inquest process in cases involving domestic violence. Recent examples of instructions include:

  • Inquest touching upon the death of Georgina Drinkwater – Jake represented Pauline Tio, the mother of the deceased. The case involved the death of a young mother-of-two who was five months pregnant. She died falling from the from third floor balcony of her flat in London moments after sending a text message saying that her partner was drunk and being aggressive towards her. The Coroner recorded a conclusion of ‘open verdict’ ensuring that the death was not deemed accidental or a misadventure.

  • Inquest touching upon the death of Cara Lee Fanus – Jake assisted Sean Fanus, the father of the deceased, his 23-month year old daughter. The tragic case followed a criminal trial against the mother who was acquitted. The mother’s then boyfriend committed suicide in the run up to the trial.

  • Prior to coming to the Bar, Jake worked for Birnberg Peirce Solicitors where he was part of the legal team representing 76 families of the 96 who died during the Hillsborough stadium disaster. In addition, Jake gained experience on the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan.


International Crime

Between November 2016 and January 2017, Jake temporarily relocated to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, having been instructed as junior counsel to Richard Rogers and Professor Goran Sluiter in Case 004: The Prosecutor v Ao An at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (‘the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’). Ao An was alleged to have been one of the senior members of the Democratic Kampuchea regime and one of ‘those most responsible’ for alleged serious violations of international criminal law and Cambodian penal law during its 1975-1979 rule.

The hybrid set up between a domestic and international court made the ECCC coupled with allegation of political interference meant that Jake’s work was extremely demanding and required fluency in both adversarial and inquisitorial law and procedure. Jake was involved during the judicial investigation phase of this politically contentious case.

Jake previously worked as part of a defence team in The Hague for Wayne Jordash QC and Scott Martin on The Prosecutor v Stanišić & Simatović at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The client, Jovica Stanišić, was the former head of the Serbian state security service. He was acquitted of all charges in 2013 (although this was overturned on appeal in 2015 and Stanišić is currently subject to a retrial).

Jake additionally undertook advisory work in Tanzania at the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) assisting those taking test cases to be litigated before the court.

Jake is committed to the abolishment of the death penalty worldwide. He accepts instructions to assist those facing capital cases and constitutional challenges to the application of the law in those jurisdictions. Examples include:

  • The State v Kevin Burris – Privy Council appeal primarily based on the trial judge’s failure to deal properly with character evidence (led by Edward Fitzgerald QC and Amanda Clift-Matthews)

  • The State v Jorge Crespo Gomez – Ongoing appeal concerning the lack of proper interpretation services provided during the trial

  • Malaysia v Kevin Spears – Successfully argued that the death penalty should be commuted to a sentence of life in prison given the irregularities in the trial process

  • Matovu & Others v Uganda – Constitutional challenge to the continued detention without trial of a member of an outlawed opposition political party (led by Joseph Middleton)



Jake is regularly instructed to advise and represent individuals whose extradition is sought under the European Arrest Warrant system. Notable cases include:

  • Hungary v Imre [2018] – Appeal concerning the validity of an accusation warrant where the court becomes aware that the requested person has subsequently been convicted (led by Mark Summers QC)

  • Italy v Vucaj [2017] - Appeal concerning when the decision to charge is made under Italian procedure when extradition is sought under accusation warrants.

  • Poland v Hajdukiewicz [2016] – High Court challenge on the approach taken in the lower courts when the extradition of a mother of a three-year-old child to serve a two-year sentence for fraud was ordered, and whether this was disproportionate.

  • Poland v Steffan [2016] – successful discharge from a conviction warrant following a contested hearing based on the requested person’s family situation.

  • Germany v Belgrave [2016] – Complex case involving 12 separate offences where forum and double jeopardy arguments were raised on the requested person’s behalf. The requested person was discharged on 11 of 12 offences.


Jake has considerable experience in the fields of healthcare regulation and professional discipline. He comes highly recommended by the award-winning NHS Practitioner Health Programme for his clear, professional and comprehensive advice. He regularly represents those who have self-referred with issues arising from mental health concerns and addiction.

Jake is able to advise and guide those who face allegations through the various processes and appears before Interim Order Committees, Professional Conduct and Health Committees.

Examples of Jake’s cases include:

  • GMC v PW – Allegations of sexual impropriety with a patient.

  • GMC v PV – Doctor convicted of indecent exposure. Successfully argued for suspension, as opposed to erasure from the medical register. PV’s subsequent return to practice without conditions was secured in 2017

  • GMC v HA – Advised a doctor investigated for dishonesty in relation to his medical qualifications during the preliminary investigation stage

  • HCPC v TM – Successfully argued for the early reinstatement of a physiotherapist to practice, following the imposition of a period of suspension

  • HCPC v SS – challenging allegations relating to clinical skills of a physiotherapist

Public Law

Given his experience and aptitude for drafting, Jake is instructed to advise and represent in crime-related judicial reviews, including:

  • Mackie v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis – Challenge to the continued retention of a police caution on behalf of a wealthy entrepreneur who was unable to take up a ‘green card’ in the United States (led by David Hislop QC)

  • Shorey v The Criminal Cases Review Commission – Challenging the decision of the CCRC not to open an investigation on behalf of a convicted double murderer