John Crawford

Year of Call: 2016

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

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John has a growing practice in all areas of criminal law. He has appeared in cases of robbery, rape, sexual assault and burglary. 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.

John’s extradition practice has involved hearings concerning 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.

He 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.

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

  • CPS Grade 1 Prosecutor.

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).


John regularly appears in the Crown Court for both the prosecution and the defence. John frequently appears for the prosecution in appeals from the Magistrates’ Court as well as in committals. His defence work has included being instructed in Crown Court trials, defence appeals from the Magistrates’ Court, PTPHs and bail applications.

He has also 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. John also represented an 11-year-old accused of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault in a 3-day trial.

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

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

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.

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. John has also drafted advices on appeal and has detailed grounds of appeal following a positive advice.

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. 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. John has a growing experience of care proceedings having conducted numerous interim hearings.

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

John accepts instructions in Professional Discipline & Regulatory matters.