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A ‘revered scholar’ who is ‘without parallel in the courtroom’ – Who’s Who Legal 2016

Julian specialises in:

Julian is recognised as an exceptional court-room performer, and has appeared in numerous high profile and complex cases.  These include the Pinochet extradition, the ‘MPs expenses’ prosecution, the Shrien Dewani case, the Jean Charles De Menezes prosecution, R v. Vicky Pryce and R v. Siôn Jenkins.   He is an expert appellate counsel, and is frequently instructed in cases that involve difficult or novel legal issues. Julian regularly appears in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, and has appeared in over 30 cases in the Supreme Court, the House of Lords and the Privy Council.   Most recently Julian successfully argued the historic joint Supreme Court/Privy Council appeal in R v. Jogee; R v. Ruddock, in which it was held that the law of joint enterprise has been misapplied for the last 30 years.

As well as being a recognised legal scholar, Julian is also a feared cross-examiner. In A Very British Killing (a 2012 account of the British Army war-crimes court martial, in which Julian acted for the lead defendant), Professor Andrew Williams commented that Julian demonstrated ‘all-round brilliance’ and described in admiring terms his performance in ‘eviscerat[ing]’ prosecution witnesses.

Julian is one of the UK’s best known and most experienced international criminal lawyers and is often involved in multi-jurisdictional cases involving extradition, mutual assistance, and money laundering issues.

Julian has an international practice and advises in relation to jurisdictions all around the world including, in particular, Hong Kong, the Caribbean and the Channel Islands. He has been called to the Bars of Northern Ireland and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

He is the author or co-author of a number textbooks in his fields of practice, including The Law of Extradition and Mutual Assistance (3rd Edn, Oxford, 2013), which is widely acknowledged to be the leading work in the field.

Julian’s full practice profile and list of cases can be found on his cv, available here.

WHAT THE DIRECTORIES SAY 

Julian is recommended by the leading directories in all of his main fields of practice.

Who’s Who Legal 2016 said that Julian is a ‘revered scholar” who is “without parallel in the courtroom’.

Chambers & Partners 2015 said that Julian is A very clever man who is brought in for big cases.’

The peer review conducted by Who’s Who Legal 2015 found that ‘the exceptional” Julian Knowles QC is lauded for his “persuasiveness in court and ability to form watertight arguments.’

Chambers & Partners 2014 said that Julian is ‘very highly respected by peers and clients alike’ and that he ‘stands out for his wide-ranging practice’. It noted that he is regarded as ‘very strong academically’ and ‘very strong on the law’. Others said that he is ‘extremely able and intelligent’ and ‘good at cases with unusual legal issues’ and that he ‘gives clear advice to professional and lay clients on complex law’.

Chambers & Partners 2013 described Julian as ‘technically strong’ and ‘much in demand’, ‘a delight to work with’ and ‘persuasive in court’, and recommended him in Crime, Crime: Extradition Experts and Fraud: Criminal.

LITIGATION: SELECTED CASES

Julian’s full case list can be found on his cv here. Particularly high profile cases in which Julian has been involved include:

  • R v Jogee; R v Ruddock (2016, Supreme Court/Privy Council, the law of joint enterprise has been misapplied for 30 years)
  • R v Trinity Mirror plc and another (2015, securing the acquittal of a daily newspaper editor – in – chief on a charge arising from a story)
  • South Africa v Shrien Dewani (2010-2014, representing Shrien Dewani, whose extradition was sought by South Africa for allegedly murdering his wife on honeymoon
  • R v Vicky Pryce (2013, defending Chris Huhne’s ex-wife, on ‘points swapping’ charges
  • Phone hacking litigation (2013, representing victims of phone hacking)
  • R v Kenneth Noye (2011, the M25 murder)
  • R v Office of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police (2007; prosecution arising from the shooting of Jean Charles De Menezes)
  • R v. Graham Coutts (2007, the murder of teacher Jane Longhurst)
  • The Pinochet case (1998-2000, representing General Pinochet in the extradition case brought by Spain)
  • R v Siôn Jenkins (2004 – 2006, the ‘Billie-Jo Jenkins’ murder)
  • R v David Chaytor and others (2009 – 2011, defending several MPs accused in relation to their expenses claims)
  • R v Corporal Donald Payne (2006-2007, the war crimes court-martial of British soldiers)
  • R (Nunn) v Chief Constable of Suffolk (2014, Supreme Court; crime/public law; duty of disclosure post-conviction)
  • R v Mackle and others (2014, Supreme Court; asset restraint and confiscation)
  • Nigel Brown v The State (2012, Privy Council; death penalty; fitness to plead)
  • Marcus Daniel v The State (2012, Privy Council; death penalty ; diminished responsibility)

ADVISORY WORK: HIGHLIGHTS

Julian has a substantial advisory practice and is frequently instructed by large City firms and specialist practices to provide strategic advice to governments and corporate and private clients and to find innovative solutions to complex legal issues.

Julian is the UK’s leading cross-over criminal/media lawyer.  He is standing counsel to a major newspaper group and advises on investigatory and pre-publication issues and regulatory matters affecting the media.  The stories he advises upon make headlines on an almost daily basis

Recent areas of advice include:

  • Advising a high profile politically exposed person on a foreign arrest warrant
  • Advising a senior banker on the SFO’s EURIBOR investigation
  • Advising a large firm of surveyors on a Companies Act investigation
  • Advising a major investment bank in relation to an HMRC production order
  • Advising a major international bank on letters of request in criminal proceedings
  • Advising the former Chief Executive of an off-shore Stock Exchange in regulation to a major inquiry by its regulator
  • Advising the Crown Prosecution Service’s Special Crime Division on potential prosecution arising from death in custody
  • Advising a major City law firm on production orders served on it by HMRC
  • Advising BAE Systems plc and Rolls-Royce plc in relation to SFO inquiries into alleged bribery and corruption
  • Advising the Government of Israel regarding potential arrest warrants for visiting Ministers
  • Advising political parties on funding issues
  • Advising a Formula 1 team on regulatory and criminal law issues
  • Advising a political party concerning political funding
  • Advising a well-known former newspaper editor in relation to alleged insider dealing

DIRECT ACCESS

Julian can be instructed directly in suitable cases under the Bar’s Direct Access scheme.

CONTRACTUAL TERMS 

Julian accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.

WHAT THE DIRECTORIES SAY

Julian is recommended by the leading directories in all of his main fields of practice.

Who’s Who Legal 2016 said that Julian is a ‘revered scholar” who is “without parallel in the courtroom’.

Chambers & Partners 2015 said that Julian is A very clever man who is brought in for big cases.’

The peer review conducted by Who’s Who Legal 2015 found that ‘the exceptional” Julian Knowles QC is lauded for his “persuasiveness in court and ability to form watertight arguments.’

Chambers & Partners 2014 said that Julian is ‘very highly respected by peers and clients alike’ and that he ‘stands out for his wide-ranging practice’. It noted that he is regarded as ‘very strong academically’ and ‘very strong on the law’. Others said that he is ‘extremely able and intelligent’ and ‘good at cases with unusual legal issues’ and that he ‘gives clear advice to professional and lay clients on complex law’.

Chambers & Partners 2013 described Julian as ‘technically strong’ and ‘much in demand’, ‘a delight to work with’ and ‘persuasive in court’, and recommended him in Crime, Crime: Extradition Experts and Fraud: Criminal.

Chambers & Partners 2014 said that Julian is ‘very highly respected by peers and clients alike’ and that he ‘stands out for his wide-ranging practice’. It noted that he is regarded as ‘very strong academically’ and ‘very strong on the law’. Others said that he is ‘extremely able and intelligent’ and ‘good at cases with unusual legal issues’ and that he ‘gives clear advice to professional and lay clients on complex law’.

Chambers & Partners 2013 described Julian as ‘technically strong’ and ‘much in demand’, ‘a delight to work with’ and ‘persuasive in court’, and recommended him in Crime, Crime: Extradition Experts and Fraud: Criminal.