Jonathan Midgley

Hong Kong

7th Floor, Ruttonjee House
11 Duddell Street
Central, Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 2391 4441
Fax: (852) 2845 1637


Jonathan Midgley is a criminal defense lawyer and Senior Partner at Haldanes. Mr. Midgley has been consistently rated for several decades by independent legal journals as one of Hong Kong’s premier criminal defense lawyers. He is highly experienced with both white collar commercial crime cases and a very wide variety of other criminal charges. He is noted in Hong Kong for being the “go to” lawyer when white collar professionals find themselves in need of an experienced criminal defense lawyer with a deep understanding of the Hong Kong system.

As a result of Mr. Midgley’s standing in the field of criminal defense in 2013, when Hong Kong introduced the concept of Solicitor Advocate for the first time, Mr. Midgley was immediately appointed to the criminal division. This permits him to appear in all criminal courts in Hong Kong with full rights as an advocate. He also has excellent and well established working relationships with leading barristers in Hong Kong and England, and a network of connections worldwide.

Haldanes is the best known criminal firm in Hong Kong and has specialized in criminal law for almost 40 years. We have been voted by our peers as the Criminal Law Firm of the Year for 14 consecutive years since 2000. We have a large Criminal Defence Department which includes six partners, and are the only firm in Hong Kong with two solicitor advocates i.e. solicitors with rights of audience to appear in High Court jury trials and all levels of appellate courts.

Haldanes has a wealth of experience in dealing with the Hong Kong Police Force, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (“ICAC”), the Commercial Crime Bureau (“CCB”), the Immigration Department, the Inland Revenue Department, the Customs and Excise Department, the Fire Services Department and the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”), the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (“SEHK”) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”) for regulatory matters.

Haldanes has been involved in many high profile criminal cases, setting new legal precedents and developing a strong reputation in the field. We are familiar with criminal defence from the Magistrates’ Courts up to the Court of Final Appeal. We are able to respond quickly to clients’ needs from the moment of arrest, with representation at a police station or place of detention, until the conclusion of the trial or appeal. Our ability to respond immediately and effectively to clients’ needs is a cornerstone of our firm’s criminal practice. We have a 24-hour telephone answering service to ensure that clients’ needs are met.

Whilst we often conduct our own advocacy, we are also experienced in choosing the right counsel when necessary. We have significant international experience, and have been involved in many extradition cases, obtaining commission evidence from overseas, as well as attending on clients overseas to give advice on Hong Kong law.

The criminal defence lawyers of Haldanes maintains a good working knowledge of the criminal courts as well as a familiarity with the methods used by law enforcement agencies. We are also experienced in dealing with investigations and potential prosecutions, including advice on dealing with possible criminal conduct by directors or employees. We are able to work closely with the relevant authorities and private investigators in order to achieve this aim. Our partners are also engaged in giving seminars on various aspects of criminal law to professional bodies and companies in Hong Kong.

Haldanes is a Hong Kong-based law firm experienced in serving the needs of clients, both locally and throughout the Asia region. Established in 1975, the partners have an extensive collective knowledge of legal practice in the region.

The firm has a strong reputation across all of its practice areas, which excellence has been acknowledged by various awards bodies. We consider one of our major strengths to be our flexible management structure. This gives each partner a high degree of autonomy when working with clients. It allows us to keep closely in touch with our clients and to identify specific needs and the means of achieving them.

The firm’s philosophy of reducing bureaucracy is also reflected in the efficiency with which we can respond to clients’ requirements and to be as cost effective as possible.

“Jonathan Midgley is a solicitor advocate who is best known for his expertise in white-collar crime matters. Interviewees highlight his many years of experience of the litigation scene in Hong Kong: “He gives an opinion that is based on years and years of experience;” he understands “how the courts look at issues and his perspective is invaluable.”
Chambers & Partners, 2015