• Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)

  • Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association (HSLA)

  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association (POCLA)

  • The Law Society

Jonathan Wright


Jonathan has been with the firm since 2006, having previously spent nearly 10 years in London defending large and complex business crime and fraud cases. He became a partner in 2009. Legal 500 has described him as “well regarded” within this area of work. His in-depth knowledge of law and procedures in this field allows him to provide high-quality advice and service at all stages, from the initial investigation through to the outcome of any court proceedings, POCA Confiscation, Enforcement and associated restraint or receivership issues.

He has established a reputation as an outstanding lawyer for successfully acting for individuals who find themselves the subject of complex and detailed tax investigations brought by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and provides expert advice throughout the investigation. He also regularly advises on the various civil disclosure processes available to those who wish to regularise their tax affairs, including the Digital Disclosure Service (DDS), Worldwide Disclosure Facility for offshore funds (often coming to the attention of HMRC via the increasingly used Common Reporting Standard (CRS)) and disclosure under the Contractual Disclosure Facility (CDF)under COP9.

His professional disciplinary practice includes advising accountants in relation to investigations and compliance queries involving the accounting regulators including ACCA, ICAEW and AAT.
Other regulatory work in which he is regularly instructed includes representing companies and company directors in all aspects of investigations or court proceedings brought by Companies House, the Insolvency Service, BEIS and CIB, as well as defending directors in disqualification proceedings brought under CDDA.

His regulatory practice is also strengthened by the fact that he has considerable experience in representing clients before the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) on barring and filtering issues, making written representations to Police DBS Vetting Officers/ Chief Officers and advising on safeguarding issues. He also has experience in acting for companies and/or individuals in health and safety investigations and prosecutions brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or local authorities.


What Others Say

The winning team’s practice, particularly in regard to the disciplinary and safeguarding work in which they excel, deserved the formal recognition that this award provides. Their support of fellow professionals, often at times of great mental stress, requires careful, sensitive and robust advice, which their submission amply demonstrated. The firm’s supportive and collaborative approach to help their teams adapt to remote working - with which we are all now self-evidently familiar - corroborated and confirmed the professional and caring approach the team adopts with and for their clients.

Wales Legal Awards 2020 - Regulatory & White Collar Crime Team of the Year

Our recent experience of asking Richard Nelson to make an appeal to the DBS against barring was extremely positive. The partner involved, Jonathan Wright, mastered the somewhat intricate facts of our case with great professional expertise and turned them into a very well-argued and forceful submission which secured the desired outcome for our son. What impressed me particularly was that Jonathan discovered a telling flaw that we had overlooked in the evidence that had been supplied to the DBS by the police - a factual error which we suspect mattered a great deal to the outcome and which, once revealed, made the case for barring our son much weaker. I would recommend Richard Nelson LLP, and specifically Jonathan Wright, highly to anyone facing a similar DBS problem to ours.

A DBS client

Huge thanks to Jonathan for his support with our appeal in regards to a DBS bar representation. He displayed high levels of professionalism during our conversations and continued to be non-judgemental throughout despite the difficult conversations. At first we were unsure whether we be able to afford the costs required however I can honestly say to anyone uncertain or unsure on the fence that it was 100% the right choice. We could not recommend Richard Nelson and in particular Jonathan any higher. Thank you Jonathan!

A DBS client

Jonathan Wright did an amazing job. He was very easy to talk to on the phone, very professional. The report he wrote was excellent, far better than I could of written and I think it made a profound difference to the result. I would highly recommend Jonathan's services on any DBS issues.

A client

Good service, friendly conversational professional manner.

A client

Jonathan made me feel comfortable and reassured at all times and well informed throughout.

A client

I would definitely recommend Jonathan Wright to someone if they needed legal help or advice.

An accountant

Jonathan Wright was extremely helpful and professional and I would be very happy to recommend him.

A client

I felt the service was very professional and pro-active. I was reassured that my best interests were being looked after.

A client

I would like to thank Jonathan Wright for his advice and care whilst dealing with my case. Having had no experience of this type of situation, I found it extremely traumatic. However, Jonathan’s knowledge and professionalism gave me reassurance and helped me to get through the ordeal and eventually succeeded in clearing my name.

A client

I was very satisfied with the work carried out by Jonathan Wright. I found him to be very professional and would definitely recommend him if others needed legal help or advice.

Vasile Cozma

Mr Wright, I felt was truly excellent.

A client

Jonathan Wright is particularly well regarded for defending individuals who are the subject of complex and detailed tax investigations brought by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Legal 500, 2020 rankings

Highly technical and experienced with an excellent bedside manner which puts people at ease.

Legal 500, 2018

Dedicated and empathetic.

Legal 500

Jonathan Wright is highly regarded for handling cases involving complex issues relating to money laundering and the proceeds of crime.

Legal 500, 2017

The 'very strong and attentive' Jonathan Wright attracts praise for his 'technical expertise and excellent bedside manner,' with clients singling out his 'impressive knowledge of HMRC criminal investigations and prosecutions.'

Legal 500, 2017

Key partner Jonathan Wright has solid experience across a broad range of domestic and international fraud matters.

Legal 500, 2017