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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Overview

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

Education

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

Awards

  • 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).

Extradition & International + View All Specialist Areas

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.