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Jonathan O. Akinsanya


+234 809 684 5266
+44 751 535 1731


Jonathan is an immensely experienced
 criminal litigation practitioner specialising in 
all areas of “white-collar” and serious crime. He is a Barrister in 
the well-regarded criminal chambers of 9 Bedford Row London, headed by Steven
Kay QC and ranked in the UK’s Legal 500, 
as being ‘great for international matters and
very competent in high-value fraud’
matters. Over the last two decades he has 
specialised in defending in the most serious 
of criminal cases in the United Kingdom
 where he has developed an extremely strong criminal defence practice having been counsel in some of the most high profile criminal cases in that jurisdiction.

He was instructed to represent Chief James Ibori following his extradition from the UAE to the jurisdiction of England and Wales on allegations of money laundering and corruption as Governor of Delta State having previously represented his Senior Special Assistant in an earlier related trial. He was also instructed as Counsel in the high profile Murder trial of Damilola Taylor which received considerable national and international media attention. Over the years Jonathan has developed a formidable practice with a wealth of experience defending murder/manslaughter, large scale drug trafficking, fraud and financial crime, money laundering, corruption and serious sexual offences. Jonathan’s sharp attention to detail and meticulous approach to his work enables him to achieve outstanding results for his clients.


1993 Admitted to Bar of England & Wales by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
2015 Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Nigeria.


1990 LLB (Hons) South Bank University United Kingdom
1992 Inns of Court School of Law, London, United Kingdom


Member South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess
Associated Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
Member of the Qualifications Committee Bar Standards Board, England & Wales

Areas of Practice

Human Rights Law
Dispute Resolution
Criminal Law (Domestic & International)
International and Domestic Asset Recovery
“White Collar” Criminal Prosecution and Defence