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Edward Jones

Edward Jones | Partner

ejones@hja.net 020 7874 8369

I hail originally from North Wales and am a third generation solicitor following in the footsteps of my late father, Mr Huw Elwyn Jones and my late grandfather, Sir William Elwyn Jones.

I joined Hodge Jones & Allen in June 2009 and work as a solicitor in the criminal defence team, specialising in all aspects of criminal defence work. I run a varied caseload ranging from cases involving offences against the person and serious sexual offences to fraud and financial crime.

I appear regularly as an advocate in the Magistrates’ court and the Crown Court and have a particular interest in representing clients with mental health issues, an interest that was piqued following my work representing clients before the Mental Health Review Tribunal in my native North Wales.

I am a qualified Duty Solicitor and Higher Rights Advocate and am also a specialist in extradition law. I regularly appear as an advocate in extradition proceedings in the Westminster Magistrates’ court and regularly litigate extradition cases in the High Court. I have also appeared as advocate in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in appeals against sentence and conviction and in the Administrative Court in appeals against extradition orders.

I am both qualified and competent to undertake work in the following areas, covering the entire spectrum of criminal defence: police station attendances and litigation, Magistrates’ court work from first appearance to trial, Crown Court litigation and advocacy (including jury trials), Appellate work (at all levels, including Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and the Administrative Court, including Judicial Review), Extradition work from Magistrates’ court to High Court, complex Confiscation, caution expunging and amendments to personal data held on the Police National Computer.

Listed as a star in Super Lawyers

Education

  • Undergraduate degree and Legal Practice Course at Cardiff University

Career

  • Ranked in Chambers & Partners 2016
  • Named as a “rising star” in the 2013 edition of Super Lawyers
  • Joined Hodge Jones & Allen June 2009
  • Admitted as a Solicitor October 2006
  • Training Contract with J W Hughes & Co (Conwy) and Elwyn Jones & Co (Bangor), 2004 – 2006

Client comments

  • “I would like to thank you and your team for your professionalism and care in the progression of my extradition case and its ultimate conclusion. I am home now with the threat of a long custodial sentence behind me. I am not proud of what I have done and neither do I honour the justice with which I have been treated – it should have been tougher; but my life is once again my own and that would not have been the case without your help.”
  • “Good at listening, hardworking and delivered excellent support and guidance.”
  • “The thing I most liked about using the firm was the personal attention given to my case by Edward Jones and the fact that he was always on the ball.”
  • “Edward Jones was honest, driven, determined and efficient.”
  • “Professional and friendly.”
  • “Dealt with me quickly and kept in contact with me.”
  • “The thing I most liked about using the firm was the excellent communication, hard work and dedication to my case displayed by Edward Jones.”

Notable Cases

Crime

 

  • R V A & Othrs [2015] Maidstone Crown Court – I acted for a lead defendant in a major drug-smuggling operation which involved importing high-purity cocaine in airline food-trolleys. The Crown applied to the court for an order that my client pay a sum in excess of £ 1,000,000 by way of confiscation but this was reduced on a contested confiscation hearing to just over £ 100,000. A major achievement.
  • R V M & Othrs [2016] Leeds Crown Court – I acted for a lead defendant accused of taking part in a nationwide “courier fraud” with Siobhan Grey QC of Doughty Street Chambers acting as counsel
  • R V Parry [Mold Crown Court] – The defendant was a doorman accused of manslaughter after restraining an adult male outside a nightclub. Complicated medical evidence was led by the defence to combat the prosecution case. The defendant was acquitted after trial.
  • LB Islington V Bell [Blackfriars Crown Court] – Represented a defendant accused of operating a fraudulent “mail shot” business, in a fraud valued by the prosecution at over £ 100,000.
  • R V Speed & others [Snaresbrook Crown Court] – Defendant was one of over 20 charged on the same indictment with conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was accused of being part of an organised gang of armed robbers committing robberies at various locations throughout the South East of England. The case against him was eventually dismissed due to lack of evidence following legal argument. A Flying Squad officer described the gang as “one of the hardest we have ever targeted”. Featured on the BBC programme “Catch Me If You Can: Armed Robbers”.
  • R V Tanin & others [Snaresbrook Crown Court] – Represented two Portuguese women accused of taking part in a conspiracy to facilitate breaches of UK immigration law by non-EU nationals by entering into “sham” marriages with Bangladeshi men – they both entered guilty pleas and were awarded very short and lenient sentences by the judge – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2084570/Couple-flew-EU-brides-marry-men-faced-deportation-handed-years-jail.html
  • R V Bala & others [Canterbury Crown Court] – Junior Counsel (being led by Queen’s Counsel) in a multi-handed large-scale conspiracy to commit breaches of immigration law – I represented the third defendant on the indictment and she was the first defendant to be acquitted unanimously by the jury – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2449225/Nigerian-prince-Dr-Yilkyes-Bala-massive-migration-scam.html
  • R V B [2012] EWCA Crim 2596 – appeared as advocate in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in an appeal against sentence involving a 16 year old boy.
  • R V Speed [2013] EWCA (Crim) 1650 – Appeared as advocate in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in an appeal against conviction (having been granted leave to appeal following argument before the Full Court – an achievement in itself)
  • R V Miah [2015] Southwark Crown Court – http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/mar/16/man-groomed-15-year-old-girl-sex-suspended-sentence-mansoor-miah
  • I represented several defendants in several trials of protesters arising out of actions carried out during the NATO summit in South Wales during September 2014 – the most notable one being at Newport Magistrates’ court when I represented three of four defendants who were all acquitted following successful legal arguments advanced by me involving highly technical areas of Public Order legislation:
    http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/11592911.Not_guilty_verdict_for_anti_Nato_protesters_who_glued_themselves_to_Barclays_desks/
  • I represented a former chef at Buckingham palace who pleaded guilty to assaulting a colleague – I was able to persuade the sentencing court to pass a lenient sentence – http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/buttingham-palace-favourite-chef-queen-4701020
  • I represented a man who was accused of assaulting UKIP leader Mr Nigel Farage – he pleaded guilty to assault and I was able to persuade the court to pass a lenient sentence – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-26568856 & http://www.kentonline.co.uk/thanet/news/farage-attacker-admits-placard-assault-14172/

Extradition

I am ranked as an extradition specialist in Chambers & Partners: http://www.chambersandpartners.com/uk/person/1422218/edward-jones

  • Mohammed Balaeiharis V The Public Prosecutor, Court of Appeal, Athens [2015] EWHC 3702 (Admin) – a complex case involving alleged breaches of Article 3 and 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The court was almost persuaded that the client’s Article 3 rights would be violated if his extradition to Greece were ordered, but ordered extradition following assurance given by the Greek authorities that he would be held in Article 3 compliant conditions
  • Bashir Ahmed V Public Prosecutor of Landshut, Germany [2016] EWHC 400 (Admin) – a case adding to the developing caselaw surrounding the new s 12A bar to extradition (lack of prosecution decision)
  • Stephen Martin V Court of Magistrates’ (Gozo), Malta [2016] unreported – this was a stunning victory for Edward and Mr Martin’s barrister Mr Ben Cooper of Doughty Street Chambers. A UK national’s extradition from the UK was sought for him to be prosecuted for an offence of “involuntary” manslaughter in Malta. It was alleged that Mr Martin’s leadership of a scuba dive in Malta was so negligent that he caused the death of two divers. Edward came to the case following a referral from Fair Trials International. Mr Martin had been negligently advised to agree to his extradition in the lower court. It became clear to Edward after a brief conversation with him that he had grounds to appeal the decision to extradite him therefore Edward filed an emergency application to appeal the extradition order out of time. The case involved intense lobbying from Edward and the British Sub-Aqua Club. Edward attended a meeting with the Maltese Deputy High Commissioner in London to try to impress upon him the damage that the case was doing to the Maltese scuba diving industry. Eventually, the Maltese Attorney General intervened following receipt of evidence that Edward had collected and prepared and the case in Malta was stopped, with the European Arrest Warrant being withdrawn two days before the appeal hearing in the High Court. This was a major victory which Edward is extremely proud of.
    http://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/jan/17/briton-fights-extradition-malta-scuba-dive-deaths-stephen-martin
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/18/malta-halts-bid-to-extradite-british-scuba-diver-over-fatal-accident
  • High Court of Dublin, Ireland V Thomas – Represented an individual being extradited to Ireland to answer a charge of murder.
  • Konodyba V Poland – Undertook High Court litigation on behalf of an individual being extradited to Poland to answer charges dating back to the late 90’s. The case raised a novel point under Article 7 ECHR concerning retroactive legislation.
  • Government of the USA V Alonso – Represented an individual being extradited to the USA to serve a 5 year prison sentence imposed in 2001. The case raised interesting issues of prosecutorial misconduct and abuse of process as a bar to extradition.
  • The Queen on the Application of Aldhouse V Royal Government of Thailand [2012] EWHC 191 (Admin) – represented the appellant in a Thai extradition case. The court held that the appellant should be allowed to remedy a failure by his previous solicitors to serve notice of appeal on the Home Office within the 14 day statutory time period, thereby allowing his case to proceed to be heard on the merits
  • Aldhouse V Royal Government of Thailand [2012] EWCH 3385 (Admin) – represented the appellant in the substantive case that followed on from the success of the appeal on the procedural point. As far as anyone is aware this is the first Thai extradition request to be heard by the UK courts. The appellant’s extradition was ordered but assurances as to his good treatment whilst in Thai custody were obtained from the Thai government – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/9717400/First-Briton-ever-extradited-to-Thailand-arrives-to-face-murder-charge.html
  • Wisniewski V Regional Court in Bydgoszcz, Poland [2013] EWHC 2041 – appeared as advocate in the High Court in an appeal against an extradition order (with the judge commenting specifically on the attractiveness of my submissions).

Membership & Appointments

  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association
  • Extradition Lawyers Association