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Jonathan Higgs QC

‘An extremely able advocate, who gains the client’s confidence quickly.’Legal 500 - 2018

Call 1987    Silk 2011

Practice Profile

Jonathan Higgs QC is a leading criminal silk ranked in both the Chambers UK Guide to the Bar and the Legal 500 directories.

Jonathan Higgs QC is a specialist criminal practitioner, appearing in high profile criminal trials throughout the UK as well as the Appellate Courts. Since taking silk in 2011 he has quickly established a first class reputation as a leading silk, appearing regularly at the Old Bailey and throughout the UK.

His practice is primarily concentrated upon offences of homicide, serious and organised criminal activity and all cases involving serious fraud, money laundering and revenue evasion as well as other large-scale conspiracies. Jonathan is regularly instructed to advise clients under investigation by the SFO, FSA, DTI and FPS. Additionally he has appeared in numerous cases involving sexual offending and historic sexual abuse.

He has appeared before the Administrative Court in many judicial reviews, is an expert in military law and has been instructed by the Army Legal service in Courts Martials. Jonathan has been instructed to appear on the Isle of Man. Additionally, he has a wealth of experience before the Appellate Courts and is often instructed post conviction in cases in which he was not the trial advocate. Fees in these cases are agreed by the Senior Clerk.

Jonathan Higgs QC is able to accept instructions direct from the public in appropriate cases. For further information in this regard please contact the Senior Clerk.

Recent Cases

  • R v. NT & ors [Maidstone] 2018

    Drink & Drugs fueled Killing of Kent Man

    Jonathan Higgs QC leading James Martin for Goldkorns Solicitors. Three people were charged with Murder following the discovery of a body left in the stairwell of a block of flats in Chatham. The deceased and the three charged were known drug users and the death had occurred in a nearby flat occupied by one of the accused.

    The previous few days were carefully pieced back together by the investigatory team using a combination of CCTV footage, eye witness accounts and call records as well as some footage from mobile phones.

    There were complex issues of causation due to the post-mortem findings and in particular the neuro-pathology results. Besides the factual complications there were also issues relating to identification and also joint-enterprise.

  • R v. Davis [C.C.C.] 2017

    Self Defence Murder

    Jonathan Higgs QC led Paul Jackson for the defence of this young male charged with murder. The Crown’s case was that the defendant stabbed the deceased 14 times in a matter of seconds. Whilst the defendant accepted causing the death of the deceased, he asserted that the deceased attacked him with a knife which he was able to take off of him and then acted in self-defence. The defendant was found not guilty.

    BBC report here.

  • R v. Yogarajah & ors [Luton] 2017

    Torture & Murder of Love Rival

    Jonathan Higgs QC successfully defended his client in this 8 week murder trial involving the kidnap, torture and killing of an alleged love rival. Instructed by Farradays.

    BBC report here.

  • R v. Pollard & anr [Maidstone] 2017

    Murder of Pokemon Go fan

    Jonathan Higgs QC was instructed for the defence of this man cleared of his involvement in the murder of Pokemon Go fan, Carl Gregory, by strangulation in a revenge attack for posting offensive material online of an ex-girlfriend. Instructed by Gurney Harden Solicitors.

    News Report here. 

  • R v. Clayson [Maidstone] 2017

    Cold Case Serial Rapes

    Jonathan Higgs QC led James Martin in this trial involving a series of knifepoint stranger rapes in the early 1990's. Multiple allegations born from a cold case review of DNA recovered from a stocking left at the scene of a brutal stranger rape in the 1990s. This was linked to another attempted rape at the same time and was supported by reliance upon Similar Fact principles alone. Significantly the case concerned the proper interpretation of new statistical analysis of mixed-profile poor quality DNA samples. Instructed by Berry & Lambert.

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