John is a barrister specialising in professional disciplinary proceedings, regulatory and criminal law. Within these fields, his principal areas of interest include the regulation of healthcare professionals, environmental law, health and safety, serious organised crime and high-value financial crime. He is ranked as a leading criminal barrister at the London Bar in Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide and the Legal 500.
"An effective advocate who understands the wider picture and provides clear and concise advice."
Chambers & Partners 2021.
‘John is a highly experienced barrister who has a great practice prosecuting and defending in criminal cases. Technically impressive and incredibly thorough in his preparation on cases. He has a light touch in court.’
Legal 500 2021.
John’s criminal law pedigree lends itself well to his increasing popularity in the professional disciplinary tribunals. He often acts in sensitive cases involving tandem criminal and disciplinary issues, in particular those concerning professionals with substance misuse or mental health problems. He is also experienced in matters related to serious clinical failings. He has particular expertise in the dental and nursing professions.
Litigation relating to incidents arising from serious regulatory breaches, often involving corporate defendants, forms a significant part of John’s practice. Latterly, he has defended and prosecuted a number of toxic sewage discharge cases, as well as acting in matters of asbestos related offending.
Regularly instructed in cases of the utmost seriousness, John has acted in matters of homicide, serious violence, multi-million-pound fraud, high profile corruption and large-scale drug trafficking. His advisory work often involves instructions at the pre-charge or investigative stage. He provides advice and representation to high-profile executives and performers within the music and entertainment industries, including Grammy and Ivor Novello award-winning recording artists.
- Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber).
In addition to his busy practice, John is a qualified advocacy tutor and regularly lectures and provides training on various aspects of his core practice areas.
Professional panel appointments
- List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in health and safety and environmental law (List B).
- General Dental Council (GDC) appointed advocate: Band C (10 years' call and above).
- The Bar Standards Board (BSB) panel.
- The London Boroughs Legal Alliance panel (Band A).
- Crown Prosecution Service advocate panel, including the specialist Fraud, Proceeds of Crime and Serious Crime panels.
Direct Public Access:
- John is qualified to accept instructions by way of Direct Public Access.
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.
- UK Environmental Law Association.
- Fraud Lawyers Association.
- Criminal Bar Association.
- South Eastern Circuit.
- North London Bar Mess.
- Kent Bar Mess.
John is regularly instructed in high-value confiscation proceedings, including multi-million pound matters. He is also experienced in restraint, cash forfeiture, condemnation proceedings and production orders.
For most of his career John has specialised in complex fraud, corruption and money laundering. He receives pre-charge instructions, both on behalf of the authorities and suspects. He is experienced in all types of fraud, including those involving tax, government, public bodies, charities, financial services and carousel fraud. John has acted in several cases that have attracted widespread national media interest.
John is ranked as a leading criminal barrister at the London Bar in Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide and the Legal 500.
His practice incorporates a broad range of offending, including homicide, serious organised crime, large-scale drug trafficking, people trafficking, firearms, serious violence and public order, dishonesty and sexual offences.
John is ranked as a leading criminal barrister at the London Bar in Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide and the Legal 500. Whilst historically a defence advocate, John also prosecutes and has been appointed to the Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel (Level 3), including the specialist Fraud, Proceeds of Crime and Serious Crime panels. He is an experienced appellate lawyer, including referrals to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
John has a broad professional disciplinary and regulatory practice, acting on behalf of regulators and registrants, as well as large corporate clients. His core areas of practice are healthcare, environment and pollution, health and safety and trademark infringement, although he is experienced in many other fields. He is frequently instructed to appear before various committees, tribunals and senior courts, particularly in cases of sensitivity.
John has been appointed to the List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in health and safety and environmental law (List B), the General Dental Council panel, the Bar Standards Board panel and the London Boroughs Legal Alliance panel (Band A).
Cases of Note
RECENT CRIMINAL CASES OF NOTE:
R v H; R v P; R v Robertson; R v S; R v Dan; R v Walker; R v W; R v F  EWCA Crim 2753;  2 All E.R. 340;  Crim. L.R. 149; Times, December 9, 2011.
CCRC referral. Guidance as to the correct approach to sentencing in respect of historic sexual offences.
R v H; R v D; R v Chaudhury  EWCA Crim. 2485;  3 Crim. L.R. 246; 1 Archbold Review, February 5, 2010.
Court of Appeal guidance re text procedures and the statutory regime for sentencing discounts for informants pursuant to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.
R v. B & Others
R v. C & Another
Lifer attempted murder at Category A prison.
R. v. M
Death by dangerous driving.
R. v. H & Others
Largest Class A drugs seizure (£7 million) in East Midlands
R. v. B & Others
Multi-jurisdiction importation of £5 million of cocaine.
R. v. I & Others
Sophisticated cocaine and heroin “takeaway delivery” service.
R. v. G & Others
Organised national trafficking of Class A and B drugs.
R. v. G & Others
Importation of three tonnes of cannabis.
R. v. M
Triad cannabis factories yielding £1 million of product per annum.
R. v. H & Others
Joint Triad/Russian venture involving organised prostitution of trafficked females.
R. v. C & Others
Series of armed robberies.
R. v. K & Others
Sophisticated immigration deception.
RECENT REGULATORY AND PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINARY CASES OF NOTE:
General Dental Council v. E
Undertaking procedures beyond professional competence.
General Dental Council v. W
Substance misuse and offending.
General Dental Council v. C
General Dental Council v. G
Extensive failed diagnoses and improper treatment.
Nursing and Midwifery Council v. K
Neglect of patient.
Health and Safety Executive v. R Limited
Environment Agency v. T Limited
Fish kill sewage discharge.
T Limited v. B Limited
Large-scale trade effluent discharge.
T Limited v. J Limited
Toxic levels of sulphide in sewerage network.
LB Hammersmith and Fulham v. T Limited
Summonses alleging regulatory breaches stayed for abuse of process.
M v. RB Greenwich
Prohibition order on premises posing serious fire risk.
RB Greenwich v. G Limited
Gross food hygiene breaches, including rodent infestation and food contamination.
R v. W Limited
Unlawful storage of explosives.
W v. LB Islington
Validity of £90 million worth of penalty charge notices.
LB Wandsworth v. T Limited
Hallmarking breaches re high-value gold stock.
Review of premises licence.
M v. Transport for London
Restoration of hackney carriage license on appeal.
T Limited v. A
Advising as to entry to obstructed land for major flood relief scheme.
T Limited v. RB Windsor and Maidenhead
Noise abatement notice re pumping station.
T Limited v. LB Hammersmith and Fulham
Warrants of entry for largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by UK water industry.
RECENT ASSET FORFEITURE, CONFISCATION AND CIVIL RECOVERY CASES OF NOTE:
Application for production order in high-value money laundering investigation.
R. v. C
High-value proceeds of crime proceedings related to large-scale drug trafficking.
Metropolitan Police v. M
High-value cash detention proceedings.
RECENT BUSINESS CRIME CASES OF NOTE:
R. v. W
£10 million finance fraud.
R. v. M & K
Pre-charge advice to Attorney General and subsequent prosecution of corruption related to government department.
R. v. P & Others
Multi-jurisdictional money laundering of proceeds of high-value fraud.
R. v. N
High-value breach of trust fraud committed over a decade.
R. v. K & S
High-value banking fraud.
R. v. D & D
Sophisticated high-value insurance fraud and money laundering.
R. v. C
High-value charity fraud committed by leader of local council.
R. v. H & A Ltd
Laundering proceeds of £13 million carousel fraud.
R. v. A & Another
Laundering proceeds of £2 million tax credit fraud.
R. v. K & Others
Laundering proceeds of carousel fraud.
R. v. M & Others
High-value NHS fraud involving trust directors.
R. v. G & Others
Serious corruption within major financial services provider.
R. v. U & Others
Multi-million pound money laundering via Middle Eastern “hawala” banking system.