Jonas Milner

Year of Call: 2008  


Overview


Jonas Milner has amassed a considerable amount of experience in cases of the most serious nature, both alone and as a led junior.

Jonas regularly appears in the Crown Court in cases of serious violence, dishonesty and drug offences. Acting alone he has conducted cases of possession of large quantities of drugs with intent to supply, robbery, sexual assault, kidnap, threats to kill and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. As a led junior, Jonas has been instructed in cases of conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to defraud, rape and perverting the course of justice. In addition Jonas continues to accept instructions for more complex matters in the Magistrates’ Courts, including for example private prosecutions by authorities such as Transport for London.

Jonas’ substantial previous experience in complicated medical negligence work means that he is extremely adept at analysing intricate medical evidence. As a result he now appears regularly in cases where doctors and other medical professionals face charges brought by their regulatory bodies, including the General Medical Council, General Optical Council and Nursing and Midwiffery Council. Recent cases have included acting on behalf of a surgical registrar accused of sexual misconduct and for a senior nurse accused of assaulting a mentally disordered amputee. Moreover Jonas is instructed by the UK Council for Psychotherapy to present their professional discipline cases.

Jonas is increasingly instructed in complex cases where the evidence spans many thousands of pages, most recently as first junior for the main defendants in a 10-week conspiracy to defraud trial, and in defending both a company and its director from over 100 alleged fire safety breaches. He has also acted on behalf of the relatives of a deceased child at the Coroner’s Court.

Crime


Cases

  • R v P: Sole advocate defending in a kidnap and robbery trial. The prosecution case involved CCTV footage capturing the kidnap and a 14-year-old eye witness. Following all of the prosecution evidence and legal argument, the Judge withdrew the case from the jury and the defendant was acquitted.
  • R v O: Appeared as the sole advocate for a defendant who had pleaded guilty to stealing the identities of numerous customers of a nationwide mobile telephone company, before selling them on to other criminals for substantial profit. The Court was persuaded to suspend the Defendant’s period of imprisonment.
  • HMYOI v M: A mobile telephone and charger were found within a prisoner’s cell. After legal argument a District Judge agreed that the case could not proceed and the prisoner was cleared of all charges.
  • R v R & Ors: Sole advocate in a multi-handed conspiracy to steal mobile telephones by Roma gypsy family.
  • R v B: Sole advocate in a case involving the commercial supply of a kilo of cannabis. The Court was persuaded to suspend his period of imprisonment.

Fraud


Cases

  • R v I: Appeared as the sole advocate in the biggest ticket scam uncovered at the London 2012 Olympics”(BBC), involving more than £400k of fraudulent sales and spanning over 20 different countries and international banks.
  • R v G: Appeared as a led junior. The defendant was charged with three others in an indictment alleging conspiracy to defraud. The prosecution alleged that the defendants had conspired to defraud auction houses and jewellery stores by providing unlawfully obtained North American and Canadian credit card numbers, security codes and expiry dates. In only four months the fraudsters had obtained watches and jewels worth over £1 million. The defendant was acquitted after a 6 week trial at Isleworth Crown Court. All of the other defendants were convicted.
  • R v DD & Ors: Appeared as first junior in 10-week conspiracy to defraud and Trading Standards trial, representing 3 directors of a national company. Defendants were unanimously acquitted of conspiracy to defraud, and given community orders for consumer-based offences.
  • R v S: Appearing as sole advocate secured a suspended sentence for a defendant who had pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to launder over £100,000 of cash.
  • NMC v A: The Registrant had been convicted of defrauding the NHS Student Grants Unit when training to qualify as a nurse. Despite this, following submissions the panel declined to erase the registrant from the register and suspended her from practice of 12 months.

Health & Safety


Cases

  • Welwyn BC v S (Company) and GS (Director): Advised and appeared on behalf of both a company and its director initially charged with 120 separate allegations of fire safety regulations. Following representations made to the prosecution only 13 of these allegations were proceeded with, and none of them against the Director of the company, who was granted a defence costs order having had no evidence offered against him.

Murder & Manslaughter


Cases

  • R v Q: Appeared as a led junior in a 5-week conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm trial. Defendant was acquitted of conspiracy to murder. Following a conviction for conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, an appeal was lodged and the Court of Appeal quashed the guilty verdict and ordered a re-trial.
  • Re JO: Appeared pro bono at the Coroner’s Court on behalf of a family whose child had fallen to her death from an unsecured council flat window.

Road Traffic


Driving offences are a speciality, with Jonas frequently advising in conference and appearing at Court in order to ensure the retention of driving licences for his clients. He has an exceptional record of success in such cases.

Serious Sexual Offences


Cases

  • GMC v I: Appeared before the GMC on behalf of the registrant in a 2-week fitness to practise hearing alleging numerous sexual assaults by a surgical registrar.
  • R v S: Led junior in historic rape case where the defendant was 14 years old at the time of the allegation. The jury unanimously acquitted the defendant within half and hour of their deliberations.