John Crawford

Year of Call: 2016

John is a barrister specialising in criminal and extradition work. He also has experience of acting in both family and civil cases.

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

He has conducted extradition hearings involving a range of requesting states, including the United States. John has appeared in cases where the argument has focused on the legality of warrants, prison conditions and article 8 rights.

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


  • 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).


John has been instructed in criminal cases in the Magistrates’, Youth and Crown Court appearing for both the prosecution and defence. 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. John also has experience of both appeals against conviction and against sentence in the Crown Court.   

John also appears for the Metropolitan Police in applications for domestic violence prevention orders as well as in contested and uncontested breach hearings regarding those orders. John has also experience of applying for sexual risk orders.

Extradition & International

In extradition John has been instructed in both Part 1 and Part 2 cases. John has experience of conducting first appearances, bail applications and final hearings in the Magistrates’ Court and has also been instructed to write advices on appeal to the High Court.

Family, Children & International Family

John’s family work has included appearing for both the applicant and respondent in applications for non-molestation orders as well as appearing in applications for prohibited steps orders. John also has experience of conducting contested and non-contested disclosure hearings in relation to police material in both the County Court and the High Court. 

Personal Injury & Professional Negligence

John also accepts civil instructions and has experience of RTA cases where liability and quantum have been contested.