John Crawford

Year of Call: 2016

A specialist in criminal and extradition work with additional experience of acting in family cases

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John has a growing practice in all areas of criminal law and has been instructed in cases of robbery, rape, sexual assault and burglary. He has appeared in numerous cases involving youths and is familiar with the additional issues and particular vulnerabilities that often arise when dealing with young clients.

John’s extradition practice includes both part 1 and part 2 warrants, including a request from the United States. He has particular experience in relation to s2 arguments on the legality of warrants and has also conducted cases on article 6, article 8, article 3 and section 10.

John has advised private and legally aided clients in relation to various areas of family law and appeared in both the County Court and the High Court in contested hearings. 

These are the views of some of the solicitors who have instructed John:

‘His diligence; ability to quickly grasp facts and the law, as well as to act appropriately for our clients is impressive’

‘Mr. Crawford has been efficient in his paperwork, diligent in his preparation of cases and has always maintained good contact throughout his involvement in cases’

Professional panel appointments

  • Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Grade 2 Prosecutor.

  • CPS Specialist Prosecutor: Extradition Grade 1.

Additional information


  • BPTC: University of Law: Outstanding.
  • BA Law (Cantab): Cambridge: First.


  • Gray’s Inn Reid Scholarship.
  • University of Law Employment Law award (BPTC).
  • Lamb Building Advanced Criminal Procedure award (BPTC).
  • Ng Law award (Jesus College Cambridge).

Professional Memberships

  • Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum (DELF).

Criminal Defence

John regularly appears in the Crown Court for the defence and has been instructed in cases involving vulnerable witnesses and issues relating to insanity and fitness to plea and has appeared on behalf of clients facing charges under s20, PWITS, and fraud charges.

John has developed expertise in serious youth court cases, representing youths accused of rape, sexual assault, robbery and fraud. This has included a five-handed youth case heard over 5 non-consecutive days, where the Defendants were accused of attempted robbery on a joint enterprise basis. He also represented an 11-year-old accused of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault in a 3-day trial, obtaining an acquittal on the main charge and ultimately securing a non-custodial sentence for the client.

Criminal Prosecutions

John is regularly instructed to prosecute in the Crown Court and Magistrates' Court in the whole range of criminal cases. John is a Grade 2 Prosecutor for the CPS and is a Grade 1 Specialist Prosecutor in Extradition.

John has a variety of experience in disclosure matters, having been instructed multiple times as a disclosure officer in private prosecutions and conducted LLP reviews on behalf of the Metropolitan Police.

In addition, John frequently advises local authorities in relation to a range of criminal prosecutions in relation to housing and planning law and enforcement. 

Extradition & International

In Extradition, John has been instructed in both Part 1 and Part 2 cases. He is regularly instructed both in the Magistrates Court and on appeal to the High Court. He has been instructed in cases where a certificate for counsel has been granted, which have involved arguments relating to prison conditions, the requested person’s mental health and the validity of the EAW under s2.

John also conducts appeal work in extradition cases and has been instructed in permission hearings before the High Court as well as full appeal hearings before the Divisional Court. He has successfully drafted applications for certification of points of law of general public importance to allow appeals to the Supreme Court.

Family, Children & International Family

John’s family work has included appearing for both the applicant and respondent in applications for non-molestation orders and appearing in applications for prohibited steps orders. He has also gained experience in conducting contested and non-contested disclosure hearings in relation to police material, in both the County Court and the High Court. He has a growing experience of care proceedings, having conducted numerous interim hearings.

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

John accepts instructions in Professional Discipline & Regulatory matters.