Jonathan Underhill

Teams: Crime & Regulatory (General Crime, Asset Recovery & Money Laundering, Licensing, Trading Standards, Health & Safety, Food Safety, Environment, Animal Health, Prison Law)

Year Called: 2008

Inn: Inner Temple

Qualifications: BVC Graded Outstanding - Cardiff University Law School; Inner Temple Prize Winner - Outstanding Achievement LLB (Hons) Law & Politics - Cardiff University Law School;

Appointments: Crown Prosecution Service (Level 2 Advocate)

Memberships: Western Circuit, Criminal Bar Association, Young Fraud Lawyers Association

Bar Council Registration

Jonathan is a specialist criminal and regulatory practitioner who regularly appears in the Magistrates', Crown and High Courts in a variety of locations around the country.

He is noted for his excellent approach to client care, thorough preparation and first class advocacy and representation.

Jonathan also provides advocacy and seminar training for local authority prosecutors encompassing legal updates and tactical case preparation.


General Crime

Jonathan prosecutes and defends in all areas of general criminal practice; and regularly prosecutes for the DWP and the Serious Fraud Division. He has been a led Junior for both Prosecution and Defence, as well as routinely dealing with complex casing involving technological evidence. He has significant experience in both applying for and defending a wide range of Ancillary Orders including confiscation, restraint and destruction orders, DVPO, SHRO and SHPO’s. His particular areas of expertise include:




Representative Cases

Operation ‘Buntline’ – Instructed for the Defence in 20 + handed country wide conspiracy to supply class A drugs – involving ANPR, and nationwide telephone and telemetry evidence.

R v A - Successful prosecution of multi-handed case of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

R. (on the application of Hovenden) v Parole Board  [2014] EWHC 3738 (Admin)– Judicial Review against decision of the Parole Board.

R(S) v Q and Others – Led Junior for the prosecution in four handed 6 week conspiracy to defraud case involving council tax, housing benefit and identity fraud.

R v J - Led Junior for the Defence in a week long attempted murder case.


Regulatory and Local Government Prosecution

Jonathan prosecutes for a variety of Borough, City and County Councils as well as using that expertise to defend private individuals and companies; most notably where such cases fall outside of traditional criminal practice. He has particular expertise in:

Environmental Protection

Trading Standards

Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations

Trade Marks Act

Planning Enforcement

Representative Cases

Operation ‘Wendelin’ – Multi-handed Trading Standards prosecution of rogue traders involving 15 complainants.

R v S – Trading Standards prosecution against persistent street peddler.

R v M – Trading Standards prosecution involving Trade Mark offences against the Premier League, British Legion and Help for Hero’s

R v A – Trading Standards prosecution involving several thousand pounds of counterfeit tobacco.


What Others Say….

'I found his approach to the cases very professional and his cross examination was excellent, just what is required in cases like this.  The council have had several chambers representing the council, I feel that Jonathan has been the best person that we have had.'

Mike Johnson ACFM (Senior Auditor) - Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

I am indebted to Mr Jonathan Underhill…for his realistic and concise submissions… Mr Underhill was utterly realistic in his submissions to this court, which he advanced with commendable brevity and good sense”

HHJ Jeremy Richardson QC – In the High Court

'I was very impressed with Jonathan Underhill ~ and he had a glowing report from our environmental health manager for his advocacy at the recent noise trial he did for us'

Local Authority Solicitor

'I would not hesitate in instructing Mr Underhill - cases are always thoroughly prepared, time and care taken with clients and outcomes reported back promptly. The client feedback has been excellent and often accompanies with a request that he represent them again. The quality of his representation is first class.'

Lindsey Taylor (Solicitor) - Watkins and Gunn Solicitors

'I have found Mr Underhill to be an excellent advocate who is always well prepared and courteous to all. I have had positive feedback from clients in cases he had conducted on my firm's behalf. I would not hesitate to instruct him.'

Paul Lewis (Partner) - Quality Solicitors HPJV




Jonathan Underhill

Notable Cases