John is a senior associate in the firm’s business crime and professional discipline team defending executives and professionals facing criminal charges and regulatory or disciplinary proceedings.
John regularly represents clients in interviews conducted by the police and other agencies. His insight into police procedures is often deployed to the advantage of his clients. Wherever possible, an effort is made to conclude matters without the involvement of the criminal courts by submitting pre-charge representations.
John often acts for clients charged with historical allegations and understands the challenges of defending such matters. He is experienced at dealing with high-profile matters and understands the need for sensitivity, confidentiality, and reputation management.
John also acts for victims of crime and is adept at persuading the police to pursue complaints. He works closely with the family and litigation teams to protect the interests of victims of harassment and blackmail.
He has a particular interest in representing businesses subject to investigations by local authorities.
He advises professional clients, who are subject to investigation/proceedings by their professional bodies, often where there are linked police inquiries/criminal prosecutions.
He advises solicitors under investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority at all stages of the process, including making representations against the imposition of practicing certificate conditions. He is a member of the Solicitors Assistance Scheme.
John also represents clients in judicial review proceedings against police forces and other government bodies.