Professor Jonathan Fisher QC

Professor Jonathan Fisher QC

Visiting Professor in Practice

Department of Law

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Jonathan Fisher QC is Visiting Professor in Practice at LSE where he teaches Corporate Crime and Financial Crime on the LLM programme.

He is recommended in the legal directories as a leading barrister. His fields of practice are Corporate Crime, Financial Regulation, Fraud, Proceeds of Crime and Tax Evasion. He practices through his company, Bright Line Law Services Ltd, which is based at Central Court (just off Chancery Lane). In addition, he is an associate member of Red Lion Chambers, one of London’s top criminal sets of barristers’ chambers.

The legal practitioner directories have described Jonathan Fisher QC as “calm, sure, and deadly at spotting the weaknesses of the opponent’s case”, “an excellent lawyer with a fine grasp of complex issues”, "high-flying", "having great gravitas … where the stakes are high …”, “a highly intelligent silk … a favourite of London’s top law firms”, “meticulous in preparation, extremely responsive and hard-working - judges defer to his knowledge", "extremely thoughtful and considered in the run-up to court but once in the heat of battle pulls no punches”, “highly respected for his advisory work on money laundering, proceeds of crime, VAT fraud and taxation matters”, and “an engaging, client friendly barrister who brings great commercial acumen to his cases”.

Jonathan Fisher QC has been a Visiting Professor at LSE since 2006. Between 2003 and 2006, he was Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Finance at Cass Business School teaching financial services regulation and investor protection law. He was also an Honorary Visiting Professor at City Law School (City University London) between 2011 and 2013 where he gave lectures to student barristers on the typology of fraud and fraud in practice. During the academic year 2013-14, Jonathan was a Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he taught a two-week course on corporate crime. He will return as a Visiting Professor over the next three years between 2015-16 and 2017-18. In July 2015, Jonathan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law by the UWE Bristol for his contribution to financial crime and financial regulation .

Co-author of The Law of Investor Protection (Sweet & Maxwell) as well as many papers and articles, Jonathan Fisher QC is General Editor of Lloyds Law Reports: Financial Crime, an Editorial Board Member of Simon’s Taxes, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, an accredited Trusts and Estates Practitioner and an Honorary Steering Committee member of the London Fraud Forum. He served as a Commissioner on the Bill of Rights Commission between 2011 and 2012.

His recent published work includes “Criminalised forms of high frequency trading [2015] Law and Financial Markets Review", Fighting Financial Crime in the Global Economic Crisis, Policing the Financial Markets, Risk and Recklessness, Routledge, November 2014 (chapter 2), “The global financial crisis: the case for a stronger criminal response [2013] Law and Financial Markets Review 159, “The vulnerability of HMRC to penetration by criminal actors” [2012] Journal of Money Laundering Control 153, “Economic Crime and the Global Financial Crisis”, [2011] 5(4) Law and Financial Markets Review 276; "The Anti-Money Laundering Disclosure Regime and the Collection of Tax in the UK" [2010] 55(3) British Tax Review 1; "Fraud Reporting: A Shared Responsibility", Fraud Advisory Panel, 2010; "Fraud and Financial Crime", Research Note, Policy Exchange, 2010.

Research interests

  • Corporate Crime
  • Financial Crime
  • International Economic Sanctions
  • Human Rights and Civil Liberties