Dr Jonathan Fisher KC

Dr Jonathan Fisher KC

Senior Fellow

LSE Law School

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Key Expertise
Financial crime

About me

Dr Jonathan Fisher KC is a Senior Fellow at LSE where he teaches Financial Crime on the LLM programme and undertakes research. Jonathan graduated from St Catharine’s College Cambridge with a LLM degree, having obtained a BA (Hons) in Law from London Metropolitan University (then Polytechnic of North London) and a Department of Education State Scholarship for postgraduate study. Jonathan holds a PhD awarded by LSE following his research into the obligation to report suspicious activity in money laundering cases and corporate rights. In July 2015, Jonathan was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law by UWE Bristol for his contribution to financial crime and financial regulation.

Jonathan was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn where he obtained a Senior Scholarship Award, and his academic work has run in parallel with his career as a leading practising barrister at Red Lion Chambers in London. Jonathan is the Chair of the UK Government’s Independent Review into Disclosure of Unused Material in Criminal Cases and Fraud Offences. This is a part-time role which Jonathan principally conducts from Red Lion Chambers alongside his practice and academic work.

Jonathan has been a Visiting Professor in Practice at LSE since 2006. Additionally, he has held visiting professor appointments at Cass Business School, City Law School and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2023, Jonathan was instructed to assist the Max Planck Institute in Germany in a European Union Internal Security Project. Previously, Jonathan has worked with the African Union (NEPAD), the Council of Europe and the European Union (Academy of European Law) on consultancy and professional projects. Jonathan is Editor Emeritus of Lloyds Law Reports: Financial Crime, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and Chartered Tax Adviser (by thesis), 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, and he is a former Trustee Director of the International Lawyers Project and the Fraud Advisory Panel.

In his work as a practitioner at the Bar, Jonathan is ranked as a leading barrister in Band 1 for Financial Crime, Business Crime and Proceeds of Crime cases by the internationally recognised law directories. He is also listed in the legal directories as a leading barrister for Financial Services Regulation, Fraud (Civil), Fraud (Criminal) and Tax (Corporate and VAT) cases. Additionally, he is a registered practitioner in the Dubai International Financial Court.

The legal practitioner directories have described Jonathan  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”, and “an engaging, client friendly barrister who brings great commercial acumen to his cases”.

Dr Jonathan Fisher KC is available to undertake research and consultancy projects, and to prepare reports and give evidence as an expert witness. Jonathan is regularly approached for his views by the media. A full c.v. is available on request.


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


  • Anti-Corruption Sanctions, The Bribery Act and Unexplained Wealth Orders 2022 – Criminal Law Review, (co-author)
  • 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

Research interests

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