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Jonathan Reuben

Call 2012

Practice Profile

Prior to accepting tenancy Jonathan worked for nearly twenty years leading the commercial negotiations of high value infrastructure projects in the private and public sector both in the UK and internationally.  He also worked as a voice over artist and professional actor in television and theatre including on Doctor Who.

Jonathan specialises in Crime, both defending and prosecuting and has a wealth of experience in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court. He has defended in a range of cases, including those of violence, sex, drugs, public order and offensive weapons.

As a criminal advocate Jonathan is growing into a first-class operator with a quick fire intellect and excellent attention to detail.  He has an easy approach with clients and is particularly calm under pressure. 

Jonathan also appears in the family courts for respondent parents, grandparents and children (both directly and by their Children's Guardian) in public law Children Act/Adoption Act proceedings.

Recent cases                         

  • R v R (Central Criminal Court) 2017 – possession with intent to supply class A drugs – acquitted after two days despite being arrested in possession of multiple wraps of cocaine and heroin and a mobile phone with drug dealing messages.
  • R v J (Chelmsford Crown Court) 2017 – possession with intent to supply class A drugs – found in possession of class A drugs following a police raid.  Admitted attribution of a mobile phone with drug dealing messages on it.  Crown offered no evidence following a section 78 PACE argument and an unsuccessful bad character application.
  • R v A-A (Inner London Crown Court) 2017 – theft from employer - acquitted after three days following careful cross-examination of an eye witness.
  • R v L (Aylesbury Crown Court) 2017 – theft – Jury directed to acquit after a successful half time submission at the close of the defence case.
  • R v I (Huntingdon Crown Court) 2017 – conspiracy to obtain criminal property – led by Paul Walker in a £300,000 fraud with similarities to the film ‘Catch me if you can’. 
  • R v R (Chelmsford Crown Court) 2017 – possession with intent to supply class A drugs –the Defendant was arrested running from police and throwing a ball of 50 wraps of crack and heroin into the air.  Following a guilty plea he received a suspended sentence. 
  • R v R (Highbury Corner Youth Court) 2017 – knife point robbery - defendant’s DNA was found on the knife used in the robbery.  Acquitted after half-time submission.
  • R v D (Basildon Crown Court) 2016 – burglary and possession of firearms –defendant received a fifteen month custodial sentence for five dwelling burglaries, possession of an imitation firearm and possession of live ammunition. 

Recent Cases