John is a criminal law specialist whose practice is focussed upon serious and organised crime.
John’s ability to make large volumes of material readily intelligible to a jury means that his practice primarily involves complex and paper-heavy prosecutions. John’s cases typically involve a significant amount of telephone and surveillance evidence or significant amounts of financial documentation.
In recent years John’s practice has seen a bias toward large-scale drug operations, firearms offending, people trafficking/modern slavery and fraud.
John prosecutes for local and regional Trading Standards Services, typically being engaged at an early, often pre-charge, stage of the proceedings to advise on the best strategy from the outset.
A natural advocate, John is forceful and persuasive in front of a jury and has an ability to cut straight to the point of a case.
John is a member of the CPS Rape and Serious Sexual Offences panel.
- Serious and Complex Crime
- Consumer Law
Appointments & Memberships
- Criminal Bar Association
- Middle Temple
- Midland Circuit
Operation Ambion (2019)
Prosecuting alone. Multi-kilo conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
Operation Coyote (2018/19)
Prosecuting alone. Multi-kilo conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.
Operation Doubrava (2018)
Leading junior for the Crown. 11-handed people trafficking/modern slavery prosecution. Listed for 3 months. Derbyshire’s largest ever people trafficking investigation. The case involved a Joint Investigation Team with the Latvian police, established though Eurojust, and a significant number of vulnerable Latvian witnesses who gave evidence by video link from a Latvian court, or having been flown into the UK.
Guilty pleas after 7 weeks of evidence.
Operation Greyhound (2018)
Leading junior for the Crown. 3 week trial. Discharge of a firearm during a car chase in a residential street in Birmingham, together with transfer of a firearm and class A drug offending. Click Here
Operation Saracen (2018)
Junior counsel for the Crown. Large class A and B ‘county lines’ conspiracies.
Operation Moonshine (2018)
Prosecuting alone. Dark web/credit card conspiracy. Dark web bitcoin transactions used to obtain details of US and Canadian credit cards, which were then used to make purchases in the UK. Click Here
Operation Intruder (2017/2018)
1 trial as junior counsel for the Crown, 1 trial prosecuting alone. A series of large-scale class A conspiracies.
Operation Beagle (2017)
Junior counsel for the Crown – 6 week trial. Large class A drugs conspiracy. Click Here
Operation Nacreous (2017)
Prosecuting alone. 3 week trial. Modern slavery and benefit fraud. Click Here
Operation Action (2017)
Prosecuting alone. 4 week trial. 350 fraudulent claims for almost £100,000 worth of ‘Delay Repay’ compensation from railway companies. Click Here
Operation Static and Operation Limit (2016/2017)
Operation Stingray (2016)
Prosecuting alone – conspiracy to steal. Gang of 10 youths stole 42 bicycles from London railway stations over the course of a year.
Operation Eased (2016)
1 trial as junior counsel for the Crown, 1 trial prosecuting alone. Supply of class A and B drugs and possession of a handgun. Click Here
Prosecuting alone. Importation of class A and B drugs with a street value in excess of £14 million. Click Here
Operation Starving (2015)
Junior counsel for the Crown in a multi-faceted fraud investigated and brought to court by the NCA/OCD. Purchasing of credit card details online, fraudulent use of merchant facilities, interception of emails and diversion of bank transfer mandates. Click Here
Operation Brimstone (2014)
Prosecuting alone for Leicestershire Trading Standards Service. 6 week trial. £800,000 rogue trader fraud. Click Here