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.

Recent work
  • General Crime: Acted for the retired principal of a boarding school in his successful appeal against conviction for historical child cruelty offences.
  • General Crime: Acted for school teacher, Kato Harris on false allegations of rape made by a former pupil. Costs were awarded against the Crown Prosecution Service.
  • General Crime: Representing a member of a foreign royal family who was subject to an allegation of rape. The police accepted representations which asserted that the allegation was an attempt to blackmail the client and discontinued their investigation.
  • Financial crime: Successfully represented a businessman involved in a police investigation into money laundering and possible breach of EU/UK sanctions.
  • Financial crime: Acted for an art dealer on claims that he had accepted stolen artworks on consignment. John negotiated the return of the artworks to their country of origin and our client was not charged.
  • Victims of crime: Represented a US citizen who was subject to online harassment including the posting of ‘revenge porn’ by a person resident in England. The perpetrator was arrested by the police and was convicted of blackmail and imprisoned.
  • Regulatory crime: Successfully acted for secondary ticket agents subject to a prosecution for fraud by false representation and a property developer for alleged breaches of Planning Enforcement Notices.
  • Regulatory crime: Advised a food supplier on contaminated meat products.
  • Mutual Legal Assistance: Represented an art dealer on an international "letters of request" submitted by a US prosecutor.
  • Internal investigations: Conducted an internal investigation into a well-known charity in relation to offences committed by employees and volunteers.

John is listed as a key lawyer by Legal 500 2020 for both Fraud: White-Collar Crime and Civil Liberties & Human Rights.

John has been recognised in Legal 500 London: Crime, Fraud, and Licensing- General Crime. He was described as "diligent, imperturbable and outstanding at dealing with tricky clients".

John has been recognised in Legal 500 London: Crime, Fraud, and Licensing-  Fraud: White-Collar Crime. He was described as "devoted to his clients and works passionately on his cases".

Did you know
John served with the British Army as a special investigator, crime scene examiner, and intelligence analyst before qualifying as a solicitor. He has investigated sexual offences, fraud and war crimes. 
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