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Jonathan Polnay

"He instils great confidence in clients"Legal 500 2016

Call 2000

Practice Profile

Jonathan is a specialist criminal advocate with a wide experience of serious and complex cases, often involving organised crime. He is regularly instructed by Complex Casework Units and Headquarters Divisions. Jonathan is ranked as a leading junior in Chambers and Partners guide to the UK Bar and the Legal 500.

Jonathan is currently a Treasury Counsel monitoree.

He is particuarly experienced in dealing with the issues arising out of cases that involve intelligence-led policing and RIPA-regulated activity and is often instructed pre-charge to advise law enforcement agencies as well as a leading junior at trial, often against silks.

He has a wealth of experience in dealing with financial crime, direct and indirect taxation and money laundering as well as restraint and confiscation. In particular, Jonathan has conducted a number of cases involving large-scale fraudulent activity arising out of organised immigration crime and corruption.

Over the years, Jonathan has acted in a large of number of cases where the victim or defendant is very young, including cases of a sexual nature.

Jonathan has appeared in numerous road traffic cases resulting in death or very serious injury.

Having previously worked in the computer industry, Jonathan is particularly at ease when conducting cases involving the internet, computer, electronic or mobile phone evidence.

Reported Cases:

  • Dorling [2016] EWCA Crim 1750 – CCRC reference on murder conviction 
  • Barre [2016] Crim LR 768 – When manslaughter should be left as an alternative to murder 
  • Hamilton [2016] 2 Cr App R S – Approach to be taken to drug smuggling in prison
  • Bhatti [2016] 1 Cr App R 1 – Special procedure warrants in relation to credit reference 
  • Henry [2015] 2 Cr App R 1 – Double jeopardy trial, definition of ‘new’ evidence 
  • Patel [2013] Med LR 507 – Actus reus in offence of ill-treatment of mental patients
  • King [2012]  EWCA Crim 805 – Covert surveillance involving breaches of PACE 
  • A, B, C, D [2011] 2 WLR 647 – Parasitic accessory liability, pre-Jogee 
  • Jordan  [2009] EWCA Crim 953 - Single act propensity/coincidence in bad character

News

Jonathan Polnay appointed Junior Treasury Counsel

23 November 2017

Chambers are delighted to announce that the Attorney... Read More

Legal 500 2017

11 October 2017

Chambers are delighted to again be recognised by... Read More

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