We are delighted to welcome John Cammegh KC to 5SAH Chambers, who joins our Crime and International teams. 

John was called to the Bar in 1987 and took Silk in 2019.

He is uniquely experienced in practising at the highest level in both domestic and international criminal courts over the past two decades.

Primarily a defence advocate, he has further broadened his expertise since taking silk by successfully acting for the prosecution in a series of notorious murder trials.

John specialises in cases of homicide, organised use and supply of drugs and firearms, people trafficking and complex sexual offences. Combining close attention to detail and his customary down to earth manner he is highly skilled at gaining the confidence of clients, juries and judges alike.

John’s cases frequently receive national press coverage. Most recently in 2023 he prosecuted the multiple killer Lawrence Bierton who received a whole life order for the murder of a third elderly victim. In 2022 John successfully prosecuted Ross McCullum for the notorious Megan Newborough murder.

In 2021 he successfully defended in R v M and another, a complex drugs-related murder linked to organised crime. In 2020 he acted in the case of Reader and Welch, involving the shooting of the co-defendant’s ex-wife, which was subsequently subject of a television documentary. He has acted for appellants in the Court of Appeal, having been granted leave in cases involving loss of control defences.

In addition, John has extensive International criminal law experience having acted as lead counsel in a 4 year trial in Sierra Leone and having advised the defence in the Bangladesh Genocide trial, the first international tribunal to impose the death penalty.

Ranked in Legal 500 since 2019 as a ‘Leading Silk’ - ‘“John fights his client’s corner with intelligence and style. He is a hugely cogent silk, with a beguiling jury manner.”

To view John’s profile, please click here

To discuss any aspects of John's practice, please contact Dave Scothern at dscothern@5sah.co.uk or 020 7332 5400