Jonathan Elystan Rees QC

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Call 2000
Appointed to QC 2019

Practice Areas
White collar fraud
Serious crime
Professional misconduct

Professional Testimonials
“... outstandingly able” Chambers and Partners 2019
“... his technical knowledge is first class” Legal 500 2019
"...very clever, very hard working and has great judgment" Chambers and Partners 2018
"...an exceptional operator" Legal 500 2017
'...extraordinarily able and exceptionally hard-working" Chambers and Partners 2017
"...highly experienced in white collar crime" Legal 500 2016
"...intellectually gifted, hard-working and thorough in his preparation" Chambers and Partners 2016
"Strong-willed and always fights the fight for the client" Legal 500 2015
"A measured and considered advocate who does his research...strength in depth and great attention to detail" Chambers & Partners 2015

Recent reported cases
Powys County Council v Hurst (DC) [2018] PTSR 1940 - whether, on interpretation, the combined effect of section 25(6) of the Attachment of Earnings Act 1971 and regulation 35(3) of the Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 was such that a liability order not to be treated as a sum adjudged to be paid by order of the court
R v Mundy (Ian) [2018] 4 WLR 130 - on the scope of orders for reconsideration of the available amount under section 22 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the test on appeal under section 31 of the 2002 Act
R v Stromberg (Paul) [2018] 3 WLR 812 - authority reviewing the historical background to the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) to issue writs of venire de novo and the scope of its powers
R (on application of McKenzie) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office [2016] 1 WLR 1308 - as to the lawfulness of the policy and practice of the SFO in regards to isolating and reviewing material potentially subject to LPP embedded in electronic devices
Evans & others v Serious Fraud Office [2015] 3 Costs LR - authority on the assessment of costs under section 19 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 in serious and complex cases
Evans & others v Serious Fraud Office [2015] 1 WLR 3595 - successful application for costs against the SFO in civil proceedings on an indemnity basis and in criminal proceedings on the basis of an unnecessary or improper act under section 19 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985
Serious Fraud Office v Evans & others [2015] 1 WLR 3526 - re applications in the High Court for voluntary bills of indictment
R v Evans & others [2014] 1 WLR 2817 - successful application to dismiss SFO blockbuster fraud involving an extensive review of the scope and boundaries of the common law offence of conspiracy to defraud

Other recent cases
R v Quinn & others, 2019, Cardiff Crown Court - successful application to stay 8 month serious and complex fraud trial on grounds of abuse of process (allegations related to claims management companies and solicitor firms working in personal injury)
R v Gay & others, 2018, Cardiff Crown Court - prosecution of 7 defendants for industrial scale mortgage fraud; at conclusion of 10 week trial, all defendants convicted
R v Matthew Scully-Hicks, 2017, Cardiff Crown Court - represented the accused in the alleged 'babyshaking' murder of an adopted infant daughter by her gay father
R v Mark Glover, 2017, Cardiff Crown Court - represented serving detective accused of a carrying out a series of rape and sexual assaults on a daughter and her mother (acquitted of all counts after trial)
X, 2017, Police Misconduct Hearing - represented an senior officer facing highly sensitive gross misconduct allegations relating to sexual misconduct and the abuse of covert intelligence police procedures and resources
R v Walewski, 2017, Guildford Crown Court - represented dentist accused of NHS fraud to sum of £423,873.84; quantum halved on guilty plea following analysis of the NHS accounting system
R v Nicola Rees (Operation Dino), 2016, Newport Crown Court - significant fraud prosecution involving 87 defendants; motion to quash single count of conspiracy on grounds that the evidence did not disclose a single conspiracy but a series of separate conspiracies - stayed at request of Prosecution
R v Paul Cross, 2016, Wolverhampton Crown Court - represented a dentist accused of £110,000 NHS fraud; acquitted; successfully obtained £50,000 costs order against the CPS under s.19 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 on the basis that it was an improper or unnecessary act by the Prosecution to charge the defendant
R v Rhys Barnes, 2016, Cardiff Crown Court - murder using knife brought to the scene in hostel; guilty plea involving difficult issues re starting point for minimum/aggravating features for the purposes of s.269(5) and Schedule 21 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003
R v Wayne Gill, 2016, Cardiff Crown Court - former sole owner of company charged with fraud by false representation after withdrawing company funds; judge withdrew case from jury on submission that the attempt to remove the defendant as a director was not in accordance with the Companies Act and therefore ineffective
DC Christopher Evans, 2016, Police Misconduct Hearing - gross misconduct proceedings against serving detective based on allegation of theft of £30,000 dismissed after successful objection to the admission of hearsay evidence from two former co-defendants in Crown Court proceedings
R v Roger Clarke, 2016, Newport Crown Court - represented a foster carer accused of historic sexual abuse of his adopted sister and cousin (acquitted on all counts after trial)
R v Manjit Singh Gill, 2015, Birmingham Crown Court - represented Sikh pop singer, 'Foji', accused of participation in a £35 million money laundering trial lasting 9 weeks
R v Christopher Evans & others (Operation Oregon), 2015, Cardiff Crown Court - serving DC charged with stealing £30,000 from a drugs raid; successful submission of no case to answer (two co-defendants, also serving detectives, convicted).
R v Stephen Evans, 2015, Cardiff Crown Court - represented the defendant, who together with his wife, was charged with the rape of an infant; case dismissed after successful objection to the admission of statements from the infant to her new foster carer

Lists, Panels, Memberships etc
Admitted to the List of Specialist Counsel eligible to practise before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers established to exercise jurisdiction over crimes against humanity, war crimes and other crimes under Kosovo law which allegedly occurred between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2000
Grade 4 member of the CPS national Serious Crime Group advocate panel 2011-2019
CPS Specialist Rape Panel member 2011-2019
Grade 4 General Crime Prosecutor with CPS 2011-2019
Panel A member of the Welsh Government Advocates' Panel 2012-2019
Criminal Bar Association Circuit Representative for Wales
Circuit Junior and Secretary of the Wales & Chester Circuit
Member of the Board of the Legal Wales Foundation