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Jonathan Savage

Year of call 2003, Gray's Inn  

Areas of Expertise
Criminal, Regulatory and Professional Discipline Group

Jonathan Savage qualified as a solicitor in 1990. After gaining experience in crime, family law, personal injury and commercial litigation, he joined the Crown Prosecution Service in order to specialise in criminal law. Over the next 12 years he was responsible for a heavy caseload ranging across the spectrum of criminal offences.

He joined 9 St. John Street in 2003 and quickly developed a busy practice prosecuting and defending cases at all levels of seriousness and complexity and now has over 30 years’ experience of the criminal justice system.

Jonathan has developed expertise in dealing with cases involving vulnerable defendants and complainants, particularly those with mental health illnesses. He also has wide ranging experience of confiscation proceedings, including the enforcement of orders and the appointment Enforcement Receivers.



Away from the law, Jonathan is a keen runner and cyclist and has for many years played guitar and mandolin in a ceilidh band.



Operation Windle
Prosecution of large scale drugs operation in Wigan.

R v Roberts
Systematic, historic abuse of several vulnerable children where part of the evidence involved the use of old audio tapes made by the defendant.

R v McGoldrick
Trial of multi million pound fraud perpetrated by solicitor against disabled client and finance companies followed by protracted confiscation proceedings and novel points of law before the Court of Appeal. Led by David Perry QC on confiscation matters.

R v Harper and Shawcross
Prosecution of two defendants convicted of planting improvised explosives in a town centre involving scientific evidence on the composition and viability of the devices.

R v Allison
Prosecution of antique dealer television personality who attempting to export rhino horn to China. High profile case involving a good deal of media attention.

Operation Grassland and Operation Gravestone
HMRC prosecution of multi million pound VAT fraud and those responsible for laundering the proceeds.

Operation Western
Prosecution of large scale importation and distribution of cocaine.

Operation Cobweb
Prosecution of large scale VAT involving abuse of disabled driver zone rated scheme, mortgage fraud and money laundering. Led by Nicholas Clarke QC.

R v Nei
Defence of man suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome accused of aggravated stalking and possessing of articles with intent to commit rape.


Operation Enfield
Leading junior in prosecution of gang responsible for sexual abuse of young girls in care.

R v Dia
Defence of young man charged with the murder of his flatmate.

R v Jallow
Defence of young man accused of stabbing another young man in a large scale disturbance. Led by Jaime Hamilton QC.

R v G
Prosecution of a man accused of sexually assaulting a middle aged woman with Downs Syndrome and dementia.

Operations Larkshot
Prosecution of multi million pound money laundering case.



Jonathan Savage is a practising barrister, regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The information held by the BSB about him can be found here.

Mr Savage’s clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that he provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Mr Savage to undertake Court work for a brief fee plus additional refresher days, although fixed fees are available. For advisory work it is most commonly charged at an hourly rate. Mr Savage also accepts instructions on legal aid rates where those are available, details of which can be found here. Mr Savage will typically return paperwork within 10 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.



LLB Hons Manchester Polytechnic

Specialist Areas of Practice:


Regulatory and Professional Discipline Group

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