John Butterfield QC - Misconduct & Compliance
“An exemplary advocate.”
“Without doubt one of the best performing.”
“Each case is meticulously prepared.”
“A persuasive and impressive manner.”
“Amongst the best.”
“Knows how to exploit weaknesses in his opponents’ cases.”
John is one of the very few Criminal Law barristers to have been feted by the Times in their 'Lawyer of the Week' section.
John has a long-standing involvement in cases involving aspects of police discipline, having represented a number of officers charged with criminal offences since his early years of practice.
In more recent times this area of his practice has been taken forward afresh including the cases set out below.
Sits as a Recorder
LLB First Class (Honours) Liverpool University.
President of the Legal Society (Liverpool University).
Bar Vocational Exam (Inns of Court School of Law) - Very competent.
Recipient of Sir Thomas Moore Bursary (Inns of Court School of Law).
Hardwicke Scholar (Lincoln's Inn).
Qualified Pupil Supervisor.
Member of the Midland Circuit
Member of the CBA
Re PC ‘D’ (West Midlands Police)
Succeeded in retaining the job of a serving officer who faced disputed allegations of using racist language.
R v PC ‘W’ (Leeds Crown Court)
Defending a police officer accused of the sexual assault of a member of the public and misconduct in a public office. Secured an acquittal which was returned by the jury in under ten minutes.
Re PC ‘P’ (West Mercia Police)
Representing an officer who faced allegations of falsifying attendance records and failing to investigate complaints.
Re PC ‘I’ (West Yorkshire Police)
Representing an officer in disciplinary proceedings up to and including the Police Appeals Tribunal. Advised regarding Judicial Review of proceedings. Allegations of the false reporting of duties.
R v PC ‘S’
Representing an officer, who was acquitted at each of 3 separate criminal trials involving allegations of domestic violence and public disorder.
R v PC ‘S’ (Wolverhampton Crown Court)
Representing an officer charged with ten offences of forgery and obtaining by deception based on insurance frauds.
R v H
A serving officer charged with harassment of his partner. Substantial preparation was required due to the multiplicity of factual disputes.
Re PC ‘G’ (Police Appeals Tribunal)
Appeared at the Police Appeal Tribunal hearing as Junior Counsel in this factually and legally unusual case.