Noteworthy Cases

The Soho Vice Syndicate 1975 (R v Silver and 6 others)

The Torso Murders 1976 (R v Dudley and Maynard). Finally won by Mr. Goldberg on Appeal in 2004, after fresh evidence was unearthed.

The Hungarian Circle Banking Fraud 1978 (R v Oberlander)

The St Albans Solicitors Conspiracy to Pervert Justice 1980 (R v Yahuda)

The Crockfords Casino Fraud 1982 (R v Pari Navidi)

The Knights of Malta Fraud 1985 (R v Baron de Saia)

The Minehead Fraud 1987 (R v Singh)

The Arab Nightclubs Protection Racket 1988 (R v Morad)

The Sonic Binoculars Drugs and Horse-Nobbling Trial 1991 (R v Laming)

The Brinks-Mat Gold Bullion Robbery/Money Laundering Trials 1989 and 1992 (R v Perry)

The Chinese Triad Protection Racket 1992 (R v Tan)

The Stamford Hill Orthodox Jewish Child Abuse Trial 1992 (R v Rosenthal)

The Levitt Group Commercial Fraud 1993 (R v Roger Levitt)

The Marshall Murder 1994 (R v Aziz)

The Howes Gold Bullion Trial 1995 (R v Howes)

The Lynn Siddons Murder 1996 (R v Brookes)

The Acid Bath Murder without a body 1996 ( R v Causley)

R v Charlie Kray 1997 (the last of the notorious Kray brothers - large scale Cocaine supply)

R v Singh Sehmi 1997 (said to be largest ever ecstasy factory in UK)

R v Haghikat-Khou 1998 (said to be largest ever heroin importation and money laundering case hitherto in UK)

The Jamie Robe Murder 1999 (which later inspired a TV documentary).

R v John Holmes (“cause celebre” of Cheshire Millionaire accused of Conspiracy to Murder) 2000

R v Siggs (Detective Chief Inspector accused of complicity in shooting dead an unarmed naked drugs dealer) 2001

R v John Henry Sayers (notorious Newcastle gangland chieftain accused of murdering his insubordinate lieutenant) 2002

R v Hanief Essa (Murder of a Manchester drugs baron) 2003

R v Dudley and Maynard 2004 (The “Torso Murders”) Won on appeal - 25 year old Miscarriage of Justice case, in which 2 men served 25 year prison sentences for 2 murders they had not committed based on false police testimony.

R v “John” and “Mark” (names concealed by Order of the Court), 2004. Much publicised case of the two boys who met in an internet chat room, the younger boy posing as an MI5 agent incited the older boy to murder him in a bizarre suicide bid. Many TV documentaries and press articles followed worldwide.

Defended successfully Steven Berkoff, the noted actor and playwright, in the Queen’s Bench Division before Eady J. against allegations of rape, psychiatric injury and defamation by a woman seeking civil damages.

R v Robinson 2004 “Cause Celebre” murder of a visiting tourist. Trial in Bermuda.

R v Benny Lehman 2004, Israeli settler who entered Heathrow having forgotten he had a loaded Glock pistol in his rucksack.

R v Railtrack, Balfour Beatty and others 2005 -Defending successfully Balfour’s Civil Engineer in the long corporate manslaughter trial at the Old Bailey arising from the Hatfield Railway Disaster in which 4 passengers were killed and many dozens injured.

R v Goldstein and Rimmington, House of Lords 2005. Landmark decision redefining and restricting the ancient common law offence of Public Nuisance.

HM Customs v Viewtopia, 2005. Successful appeal against the seizure and forfeiture by Customs of a massive quantity of “Girlie” magazines from South Africa.

Kwame Wiredu Inquest, 2005. Acting for Metropolitan Police Commissioner against allegations of police brutality arising from a death in custody at Stoke Newington Police Station. Jury`s verdict of death by natural causes vindicated Police.

Kohn v Lakshmi Mittal, 2006, High Court, acting for estate agent who sued the steel billionaire for her fees.

Eleonora Suhoviy 2006, Asylum and Immigration Appeals Tribunal. Acting successfully for young Ukrainian Oxford graduate against a Home Office Deportation Order, which was quashed, allowing her to remain and work in the UK. “The Times Lawyer of The Week” followed.

Police v Charman and Redgrave 2006. Prosecuting for Metropolitan Police Commissioner in complex internal disciplinary proceedings against 2 corrupt detectives who were dismissed from the Force.

Anna Diedrichs-Shurland, 2006, won appeal from the Bahamas in Privy Council- a complex civil dispute between former business partners.

Haller v Deutsche Bank 2006, major commercial mediation acting for former director of the bank. (Damages quantum is the subject of a secrecy clause).

DPP v Goldsobel 2007, fraud case in the Dublin Circuit Court.

Weitzenhoffer Theatres v Fireman, 2007, major civil trial in High Court (Commercial Court).

R v Rodriguez 2008, murder trial in Cayman Islands.

R v Rabbi Friesel, major extradition fight to America

Donegan v Castlemart 2008, High Court commercial dispute.

R v Rabbi Baruch Chalomish 2009, successful defence of the “cocaine-dealing Rabbi.” Massive press publicity followed.

R v Trafalgar Leisure, 2009, acted for this leading leisure company in the North-East, accused of dumping waste. Acquitted on appeal, now a leading authority in its field.

Baby Amitai 2009. Defended the Rabbi who conducted the circumcision at which baby Amitai died. Coroner concluded after a long Inquest that death was due to wholly unrelated natural causes.

Chamsi-Pasha v Udin, 2010/2011, successfully acted for distinguished Arab family in the Employment and Employment Appeal Tribunal against the housemaid who alleged she had drunk toilet cleaner in a suicide bid, after longstanding abuse by the wife. They said she was a gold-digger. She was discredited after long cross-examination by Mr. Goldberg.

R v John Henry Sayers, 2010, successfully defended notorious Newcastle “gangster chief” against charges of “jury nobbling” at his original murder trial in 2002- see above.

R v Harvey 2010. Husband who killed his wife by throwing the TV remote control at her in an argument.

R v Tyers 2011 Successfully acted for acquitted main defendant in this major conspiracy to pervert justice case, in which 5 defendants were alleged to have concocted a defence for another man at a previous trial for kidnap.

R v Sanford 2011 Succesfully acted for acquitted Chartered Accountant accused of causing death of a cyclist by dangerous driving.

R v Marrache 2011/2012 Currently acting for the senior partner of the once leading Gibraltar law firm, who denies fraud charges in a major ongoing prosecution there. The case also has numerous civil spinoffs in bankruptcy etc.

R v Katherine Goldberg 2011 Successfully acted for the female schoolteacher who sexually assaulted the male flight steward when drunk on a Virgin plane from South Africa.

R v "AJ" 2012 successfully defended this leading merchant banker and solicitor accused of punching an elderly driver in a "road rage" incident

R v "MH" 2012, Important Court of Appeal precedent on the admissibility of complaint evidence by infant witnesses in child abuse cases.

R v Baruch, 2012, successfully defended acquitted Austrian industrialist against 2 cases of causing death by dangerous driving.

R v X 2013. Successful defence of a leading solicitor and his 2 sons on wounding charges.

R v E 2013, successful defence of child sex abuse case which was enormously controversial in the UK Orthodox Jewish community.

R v Holden 2013 successfully defended large scale cannabis importation allegation against a wealthy haulier of hitherto good character

R v Jeremy Bernstein 2014, Acquittal of ultra-orthodox Jewish leader accused of historic sex abuse.

Ongoing clients in 2015 include Pastor Chris, Head of the worldwide Christ Embassy Church, and Royal Marine Sergeant Alexander Blackman, who is seeking to set aside his conviction for murder of a dying Taliban insurgent while on active service in Afghanistan.

Whilst this list highlights merely Jonathan Goldberg QC's best-known trials he has defended successfully also in dozens of other murder, drugs and commercial fraud trials over the years arousing less intense media interest. He is famous for winning "the impossible case".

It is noteworthy that Mr. Goldberg has frequently defended Solicitors and Accountants and Police Officers over the years, at their specific request. He receives requests worldwide to assist fellow lawyers in other common law jurisdictions by giving second opinions on their most difficult cases.

In the field of domestic Regulation, Jonathan Goldberg has both prosecuted and defended allegedly corrupt officers in Police disciplinary tribunals, has advised and defended solicitors before the Law Society Disciplinary Body, and has advised similarly in relation to accountants, doctors, opticians, and the insurance industry.

He has defended at trial and on appeal in Malaysia, Ireland, Bermuda, the Caymans, and Gibraltar, and has advised in Singapore, Hong Kong, Botswana and The Bahamas. In particular he secured the acquittal on appeal in Malaysia of Syed Bakar, State Director of the Anti-Corruption Agency on charges of corruption, in what became a famous reported case there.

In a change of roles, Mr, Goldberg was briefed by the Government of Gibraltar to prosecute in a major trial there arising from fraud at the Royal Naval Dockyard.

He relishes arguing an academic point of law as much as conducting a fierce cross-examination. He has made many appearances before the Court of Appeal, Privy Council and House of Lords in reported cases.

Jonathan Goldberg Q.C also makes frequent television appearances on CNN, Al-Jazeera, Sky News and ITV commenting on topics of legal interest and has written various legal articles and papers in newspapers and journals. He writes a monthly column in The Jewish Chronicle called “Ask the QC.” He lectures on Advocacy periodically. See:

“We are grateful for the very clear and succinct way in which this appeal has been conducted by Mr Goldberg. It is the view of all the members of this Court that the way in which he conducted the case was admirable”.
Lord Lane, Lord Chief Justice of England
R v Fenlon 71 Criminal Appeal Reports at page 310