Jason Bartfeld QC (Door Tenant)

Specialising in criminal law, sports law, regulatory law and professional disciplinary proceedings. Involved in some of the most prominent trials in the country.

Jason specialises in criminal law, sports law, regulatory law and professional disciplinary proceedings.

His first 10 years of practice were predominantly for the prosecution; however, he has since expanded to include a very high volume of defence work at the highest levels. He has been involved in some of the most notable trials in the country.

Jason Bartfeld QC has been ranked as band 6 for crime QC for Chambers and Partners 2020.

Jason offers a specialist practice in advising on, designing, drafting, operating and auditing anti-bribery, anti-money laundering and anti-slavery policies for corporate bodies (as required under UK and EU law).

In certain cases, he is approved to accept direct instruction on a Public Access basis, from both UK and international clients. This means the client doesn’t need to approach a solicitor first.

“Jason has a talent for cutting to the heart of the issue and a reputation for gaining the very best possible outcome for his clients. The sort of advocate and lawyer that you want on your side.”

Jason handles all types of criminal case, especially serious organised crime including complex homicide, modern slavery and large-scale drug importation.

He has specialist expertise in homicide, serious/organised violence, fraud and large-scale drug trafficking (including complex confiscation proceedings). He is recognised as an expert in cases which involve telephone/electronic evidence, as well as cases involving complex legal issues of both joint enterprise and bad character.

He also deals with fraud and financial crime, including insider trading, bribery, market manipulation, complex money laundering and tax fraud.

He defends in proceeds-of-crime cases, including defending both criminal and civil POCA applications.

Significant Cases

Asset forfeiture & confiscation

NCA v JN – Advised on the steps to be taken following an apparent breach of a consent order by the National Crime Agency in civil Proceeds Of Crime Act proceedings.

R v MR – Defended in a confiscation application following a modern slavery conviction involving complex distinctions between the benefit of individual directors as opposed to the (not prosecuted) corporate body.

Slavery – criminal defence

R v PR – Acted at trial and on appeal for the lead defendant in the longest, most complex modern slavery case ever conducted in the UK.

Homicide – criminal defence

R v NA – A legally complex ‘fight or flight’ manslaughter case.

R v TH – A multi-defendant cut-throat murder with a drugs background.

R v ZA – The brutal rape and attempted murder of a stranger.

R v HM  Lead defendant in a multi-handed murder, where the defendants were initially attacked by the victims.

R v CG – A complex homicide hinging on telephony evidence, including the novel use of smartphone polling data.

Drug trafficking – criminal defence

R v AVM – Acted for the lead defendant in one of the largest and most complex drug-importation operations ever investigated (in this case, jointly by HMRC and several European police forces).

Sexual offences – criminal defence

R v EA – Represented a prominent Middle Eastern politician on an allegation of rape. Exceptionally, proceedings conducted in part in camera.

Re OK – Advised at an early stage after an allegation that a young person had distributed indecent images via social media.

Fraud & financial crime

R v PR – A long-standing tax fraud centred on the travelling community.

Re X – Advised a senior financial professional who had been investigated by the SFO for market manipulation and was due to be a prosecution witness in the trial of others.

Re YK – Advised a prominent UAE resident on allegations (and counter-allegations) of fraud relating to former UK business partners.

R v ML – Advised a prominent person in the financial sector on allegations of insider trading.

Jason handles disciplinary and regulatory law, particularly sports law and professional disciplinary panels.

GMC v DR – Disciplinary proceedings against a doctor involved in a serious car accident, resulting in catastrophic injuries to his passenger.

GDC v BS – Multiple proceedings against a dental technician.

BHA v MS – Appeared for the first two defendants in the most complex horseracing corruption inquiry ever conducted by the BHA.

BJA v AR – One of the UK’s most respected coaches accused of historic sexual offences against students. Pursued by the BJA notwithstanding the CPS decision not to prosecute.

How much will Jason Bartfield QC’s services cost?

Jason mostly works on a fixed-fee basis for the main hearing, with a daily refresher rate for any subsequent date of hearing, although this depends on the type of work you request. If you’d like a quotation for his legal services in a particular matter, please contact our clerk using the details below and we’ll be very happy to help. Please also refer to Bank House Chambers’ standard terms & conditions.

What might influence the timescales of the services Jason offers?

Jason would normally expect to arrange a preliminary conference with your client within 7 days of first contact from you. After that, despite our best intentions, we can’t always control timescales or the amount of time we spend on a case. These can be affected by factors such as urgency; complexity; your own (or your client’s) availability; Jason’s availability and that of any third parties; the volume of documents he needs to review or must request; and the court’s availability.

Can you have confidence in Jason’s work?

He is regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

How can you contact Jason Bartfield QC?

In the first instance, please contact our senior clerk, Wayne Digby, on 0114 275 1223 or email him at w.digby@bankhousechambers.co.uk.