John is a senior associate in the firm’s business crime and professional discipline team and defends executives and professionals facing criminal charges and regulatory or disciplinary proceedings.
He is experienced at dealing with high profile matters and understands the need for sensitivity, confidentiality and reputation management. He represented Vincent Tchenguiz in his interview under caution by the SFO. His recent clients include a senior member of a Middle Eastern royal family, TV personalities, solicitors, entrepreneurs, fund managers, art dealers, police officers and members of HM Forces. He is regularly quoted in the national and legal press.
John is recommended in the Legal 500 as:
‘diligent, imperturbable and outstanding at dealing with tricky clients’ (General Crime) and
‘devoted to his clients and works passionately on his cases’ (Fraud: White-Collar Crime)
John often represents clients charged with historical allegations and understands the challenges of defending such matters.
Criminal defence and police station representation
Prior to qualifying as a solicitor John served with the British Army as a special investigator, crime scene examiner and intelligence analyst. He has investigated many serious matters including sexual offences, fraud and war crimes. John regularly represents his clients in interviews conducted by the police and 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.
His defence clients include:
Victims of harassment and blackmail
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.
His cases include:
Local authority prosecutions
John has a particular interest in representing businesses subject to investigations by local authorities and is currently acting for a number of clients on a private basis.
Health & Safety/Food Safety
Mutual Legal Assistance/Sanctions
John has participated in internal investigations into:
John advises professional clients subject to investigation/proceedings by their professional bodies, particularly 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 practising certificate conditions.
John is mentioned in the Legal 500 as a key contact for professional discipline matters.
John has represented clients in judicial review proceedings against police forces and other government bodies.
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M: +44 (0)7590 556609
F: +44 (0) 20 3650 6944
T: +44 (0) 203 755 5662
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