Professor Jonathan Fisher QC

Professor Jonathan Fisher QC

Visiting Professor in Practice

LSE Law School

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Key Expertise
Financial crime

About me

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

He is ranked as a leading barrister in Band 1 for Financial Crime and Proceeds of Crime cases by the internationally recognised law directory, Chambers & Partners UK. He is also ranked in the legal directories as a leading barrister for financial services, fraud (civil), fraud (criminal) and tax cases.

He practices through his barrister law firm, Bright Line Law Services Ltd, which is based at Central Court (just off Chancery Lane), and also at 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. In July 2015, Jonathan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law by the UWE Bristol for his contribution to financial crime and financial regulation.

Contributor to several books as well as author of 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.

Jonathan Fisher QC gives expert evidence on financial crime matters, and he is regularly approached for his views by the media.


Thesis title

'The dynamics of corporate criminal conduct in the commercial and financial sectors'


Professor Jeremy Horder and Professor David Kershaw

Research interests

Corporate crime, financial crime, international economic sanctions, human rights and civil liberties

Interests and affiliations

Jonathan Fisher is a practicing barrister specialising in white collar crime, financial regulatory and tax evasion cases. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2003. Jonathan is also a Visiting Professor in Practice at LSE where he teaches Financial Crime on the LLM programme. 

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Research interests

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



Chapter contributions

  • Arlidge & Parry on Fraud, co-author,  Thomson Sweet & Maxwell, 6th edition, 2020
  • Criminal Finances Act 2017, co-author, Informa UK, 2018
  • Fighting Financial Crime in the Global Economic Crisis, Chapter: Policing the Financial Markets, Risk and Recklessness, Routledge, November 2014
  • Temas de Anticorruptcao e Compliance, Chapter: The UK Bribery Act 2010, Elsevier (Brazil), 2013
  • International Guide to Money Laundering Law & Practice, Chapter: Confiscating the Proceeds of Crime, 4th edition, Bloomsbury Professional, 2011


  • Confiscation: Deprivatory and Not Punitive: Back to the Way We Were 2018 – Criminal Law Review, (co-author).
  • Part 1 of Serious Crime Act 2015 - Strengthening the restraint and confiscation regime, [2015] Criminal Law Review 
  • Criminal forms of high frequency trading on the financial markets [2015] Law and Financial Markets Review 113, (co-author)
  • The vulnerability of HMRC to penetration by criminal actors [2012] Journal of Money Laundering Control 153
  • Abusing M Banking – For Money Laundering: An Unregulated Activity [2011] Butterworth’s’ Journal of International Banking and Financial Law
  • Economic crime and the global financial crisis, [2011] Law and Financial Markets Review 5(4) 276
  • Tax Collection and the Anti-Money Laundering Regime [2010] British Tax Review, 55(3) BTR 1