John is a highly-acclaimed QC with over 38 years’ experience at the Bar, 17 of which have been in Silk. He is widely acknowledged as a ‘go-to’ advocate for major heavyweight criminal cases and is recommended year after year in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. He is currently ranked for Financial Crime and Crime in Chambers and Partners 2021, and Tier 1 for Crime and Regulatory, Health and Safety, and Licensing in The Legal 500 2021. He is the only Silk to be ranked in the practice area Regulatory, Health and Safety, and Licensing in the Northern Circuit in The Legal 500 2021 Guide.
Highly sought after, he has been involved in some of the most high profile cases in the country.
His practice encompasses:
- Money laundering
- Insider dealing/city-based regulatory crime
- Historic sex abuse
John has a well-established Criminal practice with heavy emphasis on all forms of serious fraud and ancillary issues, such as confiscation of proceeds of crime and money laundering.
He has extensive experience of both prosecuting and defending matters of serious crime including manslaughter, historic sex abuse, drugs and terrorism related offences. He is sought after for cases of complexity, and has been instructed on a large number of high profile national cases. From the foundations of a successful criminal practice, John has developed a strong professional disciplinary and regulatory practice, with particular expertise in health and safety and environmental work.
He is highly sought after for his regulatory work, representing employers, directors, individuals and public bodies on all aspects of health and safety and environmental enforcement.
John is an incisive advocate known for his formidable ability in the courtroom. He is equally at home with detailed cross examination as he is in ensuring the jury fully understands with complete clarity, the issue he is raising. He is a calm, yet persuasive presence who, through years of heavyweight, hard-hitting advocacy is widely respected by opponents, juries and judges alike.