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: Level 3 - CPS Panel Advocate, Serious Fraud Office Review Panel

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

Bar Council Registration

Jonathan is a specialist regulatory and criminal 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, and Defence Firms in the areas of his expertise, notably in Consumer Protection and Proceeds of Crime.

Jonathan prosecutes for variety of Borough, City and County Councils, Regulatory Bodies and Trading Standards Units, 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:

Trading Standards and Consumer Protection
Food Safety and Hygiene
Animal Welfare
Environmental Protection

Representative Cases

Operation Foxchase - Instructed as led Junior in a complex secondary ticketing trading standards case

Operation Hugo - Trading Standards case involving importation of farmed puppies, featured on BBC programming

Operation 'Wendelin' - Multi handed Trading Standards prosecution of rouge traders involving 15 complainants

R (BDBC) v FF and Ors - Multi handed Food safety case involving multiple breaches of Regulatory provisions

R (SCC) v K - Education case involving argument re: Isle of Wight v Platt [2016]

R v S - Trading Standards prosecution against persistent streeet 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

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

Proceeds of Crime

Representative Cases


R v S - Successful acquittal of client in Multiple Burglary counts despite the Defendant not attending and the trial proceeding in absence

R v B - Multi handed - Joint enterprise - Night time robbery

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

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


R v A - Transfer of a firearm. Statutory offence as to the antique nature of the weapon (s58(2)). Conflicting expert evidence

R v B - s18 assault. Arguments re: res gestae and principles in R v Barnaby [2015]

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

What Others Say...

"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