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Rupert Jones

Practice Summary

Rupert is instructed for both the prosecution (Grade 4 prosecutor) and the defence. Rupert has significant experience in dealing with vast areas of crime, including serious organised crime, complex fraud, sexual offences, drugs, and dishonesty.

Career Background

Before call to the Bar, Rupert worked in radio.

During his legal studies he finished first in year for the Graduate Diploma in Law for which he received a distinction, was the Lord Denning, Lord Bowen and Lord Levitt scholar of Lincoln’s Inn, and completed the Bar Professional Training Course with a grade of ‘Outstanding’, winning the BPTC moot and the Buchanan prize for BPTC performance.

Practice Details

CPS Level 4 prosecutor. Rupert is also a CPS Specialist Advocate for Serious Crime, Counter Terrorism and Fraud.

He prosecutes and defends in all criminal courts and has appeared in cases involving the large-scale supply of firearms, large drug conspiracies, cases of armed robbery, serious assaults, violent disorder, fraud, social media offences and sexual offences.

Rupert regularly appears before the Court of Appeal, the High Court (in respect of Case Stated Appeals) and has acted for media companies in respect of reporting restrictions.

Rupert has been instructed in cases involving expert evidence in various fields: firearm and ammunition/ballistics evidence, cell site analysis, drugs valuations, tachograph evidence, questioned handwriting, and mental health defences.

Rupert was the junior prosecuting counsel in Operation Golddust – the highly complex prosecution of a registered firearms dealer who smuggled current and obsolete calibre handguns into the UK and supplied them on to criminals with home made ammunition. Bullets, live rounds, ammunition casings and handguns were recovered from over 100 crime scenes, including murders.

Rupert regularly acts in confiscation and forfeiture proceedings, and offences relating to companies and directors.

  • Junior prosecuting counsel in Operation Golddust. The defendant was a registered firearms dealer who had supplied weapons and ammunition to criminals that were recovered from over 100 crime scenes, including murders and a shooting during the 2011 riots.
  • Junior for the Crown in the successful prosecution of a man involved as a ‘middle man’ in the supply of firearms and custom made bullets to criminal gangs.
  • Prosecuted two men accused of a robbing a sports car salesman at gunpoint in a case where the principal prosecution witness became hostile.
  • Represented a man accused of armed robbery. The two co-defendants were convicted but Rupert’s client was acquitted.
  • Disclosure junior in ‘Operation Cookie’: The high-profile successful prosecution of members of a highly organised criminal gang involved in the supply of firearms to other criminals across the country.
  • Member of the RASSO panel of specialist prosecutors.
  • Instructed for the defence in Birmingham Crown Court’s first s28 cross-examination case. The most serious charge was dismissed following a successful half-time submission.
  • Appeared in the Court of Appeal in respect of historic offences. Mr Justice Edis described Rupert’s submissions as having ‘commendably succinct persuasiveness’.
  • Prosecuting counsel in a multi-million pound mortgage fraud case.
  • Junior counsel in the successful prosecution of a large scale ponzi scheme that resulted in multiple people losing their life savings.
  • Prosecuting counsel in a case involving a registered pharmacist who was illegally supplying prescription drugs to third parties.
  • Prosecuted a healthcare worker who sold herbal cream containing steroids.
  • Prosecuted a mechanic charged with defrauding a customer during works carried out on a high value sports car.
  • Successfully represented the Crown at the Court of Appeal where the Defendant sought the variation of the terms of a confiscation order on the grounds of mistake.
  • Junior Counsel representing a defendant accused of smuggling 8 million cigarettes into the UK.
  • Represented a man accused of aggravated burglary. The defendant had waived privilege and his former lawyers were called as prosecution witnesses. The trial involved detailed cell site evidence, and expert evidence relating to malingering in memory examinations.
  • Represented a man who handed himself in to the police saying ‘I think I’ve killed my girlfriend’. However the pathologist attributed the cause of the victim’s death to drugs, rather than the multiple injuries inflicted by the defendant. At trial, the defendant was convicted of s18 GBH.
  • Prosecuted three footballers charged with assaulting an opposition player, which left the victim with a fractured cheekbone.
  • Represented a taxi driver accused of a deliberately running over a fare evader (acquitted).
  • Represented two defendants charged with violent disorder following one of the largest incidents of football related public disorder in the Midlands.
  • Represented a man charged with assaulting a police officer and using threatening behaviour towards a ticket inspector on a train (acquitted).
  • Assisted Leading and Junior Counsel during the trial and subsequent appeal in a landmark case touching on issues of insanity, automatism and specific-intent in the context of self-induced intoxication: R v Coley [2013] EWCA Crim 223.
  • Successfully represented the Respondent in an appeal to the Administrative Division of the High Court by way of case stated. Rupert’s client had been issued with a community protection notice by a local authority. Rupert argued that the legal basis for the notice was flawed: Staffordshire Moorlands District Council v Sanderson [2020] EWHC 962 (Admin)
  • Instructed in a wide variety of regulatory and licensing matters: examples include – cases involving company directors and owners of businesses charged with failing to keep or provide adequate records; recently secured the retention of Transport Manager status for a haulage company accused of falsely completing documents.
  • Claims relating to police property.
  • Dangerous dog hearings.

Regularly instructed to appear at Coroner Inquests on behalf of insurance companies and interested parties.

Experience includes defamation and privacy cases, and criminal cases, involving footballers, Premier League managers, Formula 1 drivers, jockeys and cricketers. These cases covered a wide range of issues from accepting ‘bungs’ to match fixing and details about personal relationships.

Rupert has also acted in sports disciplinary matters on behalf of National Governing Bodies (NGBs). Rupert has acted for NGBs at all stages in disciplinary proceedings, in particular, in cases which have involved complex or difficult issues, or where the NGB’s conduct or credibility has been challenged.

Media Law and Defamation

Rupert undertook pupillage at a top-ranked media law set in London undertaking work in libel, privacy, contempt, freedom of information requests and data protection.

He represents defendants and claimants in libel claims. Has also appeared in applications to strike out claims as an abuse of process and appears on behalf of newspapers and other media companies to challenge reporting restrictions imposed in the courts.

Receives instructions to advise and draft pleadings for defamation and privacy claims, and has been instructed in claims involving harassment and defamation on social media.

Recent cases:

  • Acted for the BBC in a challenge to reporting restrictions. Rupert’s skeleton argument was cited and approved by the Lord Chief Justice in the appeal: Regina v Sarker [2018] EWCA Crim 1341
  • Secured the removal of reporting restrictions imposed at Stafford Crown Court.
  • Successfully challenged reporting restrictions imposed in the Crown Court on behalf of a newspaper: argued that the order preventing the publication of the defendant’s identity was not a necessary and proportionate derogation from the Article 10 rights of media companies.
  • Represented a newspaper referred to the Attorney General for contempt of court: argued that the defendant had not been prejudiced and that justice had not been impeded by the publication.
  • Represented the defendant website owner in a commercial copyright dispute; the case settled at mediation following service of the Defence.
  • Successfully resisted a claimant’s application for default judgment in a claim for libel brought against the defendant newspaper.
  • Successfully represented a defendant newspaper by striking out a claim for libel as an abuse of process when the newspaper had mistakenly reported that the Claimant had pleaded guilty to assault.
  • Struck out a libel claim brought by a man accused of involvement in a high-level international fraud.

Further Information

  • Member of the Midland Circuit.
  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association.
  • Elected member of the Bar Council (2013 – 2019).
  • Completed the Keble Advanced Advocacy Court in 2016.
  • Has assisted the Kalisher Trust by attending workshops in schools designed to inspire and encourage pupils.
  • Rupert has written various articles for Westlaw, Counsel Magazine and other publications.

Direct Access

Accredited by the Bar Council and in suitable cases is happy to accept instructions direct from members of the public. Please see the Direct Access section of this website for further information.

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