Jonathan Akinsanya

Introduction

Jonathan is a defence specialist who is dual-qualified in England & Wales and Nigeria – making him suited to criminal matters with an international dimension, including cases of corruption or fraud.

BACKGROUND AND EXPERTISE

In England and Wales, Jonathan has experience defending a wide range of criminal matters – from fraud, corruption and money laundering to murder and common assaults.

His second qualification in Nigeria makes him suitable for joining large fraud or corruption cases with an international angle – involving, for example, asset recovery or restraint of assets.

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Homicide

R v OD, 2019

Acted for the 21 year old defendant as Junior Counsel who was charged with unlawful act manslaughter. The case received a lot of publicity in the media and was described by the trial judge as an ‘extraordinary case’. Full story here. Southwark Crown Court.

R v HJ, 2006

Acted for this young defendant, as Junior Counsel, charged with the murder of Damilola Taylor. The case received substantial national and international publicity. The defendant was acquitted of Murder, manslaughter and assault with intent to rob. Central Criminal Court

R v DB, 2006

Acted for young defendant as Junior Counsel charged with murder of a woman attending a christening of a child. The case received substantial national publicity at the time. Defendant was acquitted of murder.

International Fraud

R v JI, 2011-2012

Junior Counsel representing the former Governor of Delta State having been extradited from UAE on charges of conspiracy to defraud Delta State and laundering substantial amounts of money. Southwark Crown Court.

R v AP, 2008-2010

Successfully defended the defendant as Junior Counsel. The case involved an allegation of laundering substantial amounts of money for and on behalf of the former Governor of Delta State in Nigeria. The case was extremely complex and involved a number of interlocutory appeals to the Court of Appeal during the course of the proceedings. Southwark Crown Court.

Fraud/Proceeds of Crime

R v SA, 2018

Represented the defendant charged with offences of fraud and engaging in misleading commercial practices. It was alleged that the defendant had extracted, through fraudulent means, £120,000 worth of payments from the victim. Croydon Crown Court.

R v CA, 2018

Defended in a multi handed proceeds of crime case. Southwark Crown Court

R v CD, 2016

Successfully represented the principal defendant in a case in which she was said to have bullied and intimidated a vulnerable complainant into ordering items from catalogues with no intention of paying him for them. Woolwich Crown Court.

R v VM, 2015

Defended a defendant charged in what was a large conspiracy to receive stolen goods, namely stolen car parts. Snaresbrook Crown Court.

R v AA, 2010

Junior counsel acting for a solicitor who was charged with offences including conspiring to facilitate the breach of immigration law and conspiring to have possession or control of articles for the use in fraud. Croydon Crown Court.

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R v JA, 2018

Successfully defended a young man charged with an offence under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Croydon Crown Court.

R v MM, 2018

Successfully defended the defendant charged with fraud. He worked for Lloyds TSB Bank and it was alleged that he opened bank accounts for others using false documents. Inner London Crown Court.

R v AH, 2018

Successfully argued against the prosecution being able to adduce evidence of an elderly complainants ABE interview under the hearsay provisions in circumstances where she was said to be unfit to attend as a witness. The prosecution had to offer no evidence against the defendant(s). Wood Green Crown Court.

Sexual Offences

R v MM, 2017

Defendant charged with 6 counts of sexual assaults (varying degrees of seriousness) of a 15 year old girl and a further charge of raping an 18 year old girl. Defendant acquitted of the more serious allegations of sexual assault and jury undecided on the allegation of rape – defendant acquitted of rape at a re-trial. Birmingham Crown Court.

R v JM, 2015

Successfully defended a taxi driver charged with two counts of anal rape of a 12 year old. The case was a very difficult case and involved the cross examination of five young and vulnerable prosecution witnesses. Croydon Crown Court.

R v JO, 2014

Successfully defended a young defendant in an allegation of gang rape. It was alleged that the defendant and three others had taken a young girl back to the flat of a co-accused and gang raped her. Inner London Crown Court.

R v AO, 2013

Successfully defended defendant charged with 11 counts of historical sexual abuse against 4 girls. Woolwich Crown Court.

R v LH, 2010

Successfully defended a young defendant charged with 5 others of gang raping a 17 year old girl. Croydon Crown Court.

Serious Violence

R v RA, 2018

Successfully defended a young defendant charged with others with multiple counts of armed robbery. Southwark Crown Court.

R v EE, 2015

Successfully defended a young man charged with a serious assault contrary to s18 Offences against the Persons Act. Wood Green Crown Court

R v SN, 2015

Successfully defended a defendant in his absence in a multi defendant trial charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. He was acquitted following a successful submission of no case to answer. Croydon Crown Court.

R v TB, 2014

Successfully defended a young man charged in a multi handed violent disorder trial. Isleworth Crown Court

R v LA, 2014

Defended the defendant in a Conspiracy to rob trial. Winchester Crown Court

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R v FK, 2012

Successfully defended the defendant in a multi handed case in which the defendants were charged with false imprisonment, assault and possessing a prohibited firearm. The defendant was the only one acquitted of all charges. Woolwich Crown Court.

R v NA, 2004-2006

The defendant was convicted unanimously of being involved in a global conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the UK.  An appeal against conviction was lodged in the Court of Appeal, the application for leave was refused by the single judge but I successfully renewed the application before the full court and the Court of Appeal after hearing fresh evidence under section 23(1)(c) Criminal Appeal Act 1968 quashed the conviction. Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Human Trafficking

R v OO, 2017

Defended the husband in an allegation that he and his wife trafficked a young girl for exploitation. St Albans Crown Court.

Other activities and interests

  • Jonathan is focused on the education and training of young lawyers. He sits on the Inner Temple scholarship awards panel and is a mentor for Inner Temple. In 2007, he was a member of Inner Temple working party for the Bar Standards Board equality and diversity consultation paper. He is also setting up advocacy training in Nigeria
  • Jonathan is also a mentor for Urban Synergy, a mentoring charity for children aged 11–18
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PROFILE: Jonathan Akinsanya

Year called

1993

Specialisms

Crime

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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Serious Crime

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Sexual offences

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Terrorism

International

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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

Road Traffic

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Road traffic

Direct access

Yes

Contact

020 7489 2727

Education

LLB (Hons), South Bank University

Memberships

Inner Temple, Criminal Bar Association, South Eastern Circuit, British Nigerian Law Forum, Nigerian Bar Association

Appointments

Bar Standards Board qualifications committee (appointed 2012)

South Eastern Circuit representative on CBA committee, 2004–08

South Eastern Circuit committee, 2001–05

Junior, South Eastern Circuit, 2002

Registered pupil master

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