“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.”
Prior to taking Silk John was a Grade 4/Level 4 CPS Prosecutor for over a decade.
Attorney-General’s List of Approved Counsel (List B)
John has experience of regulatory work arising from breach of the provisions relating to asbestos. (See Clarke)
John is one of the very few Criminal Law barristers to have been feted by the Times in their ‘Lawyer of the Week’ section.
Sits as a Recorder
Please see below for other notable cases.
“He is a class act. He has a very strong work ethic.”
Chambers UK 2019
Re HHL Ltd
Representing a company before the First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) disputing the decision of HMRC to disallow VAT in a sum over eighty thousand pounds.
Opposing an attempt to secure a closure order on licensed premises under s78/s80 of the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Police Act 2014.
Clarke (All-Pack supplies)
Defending a family firm whose activities regarding asbestos were prosecuted. The charges included consideration of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and various regulations under both the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 and the Asbestos (Licensing) Regulations 1983.
A case asserting fraudulent disposal of property and multiple perjury offences in connection with statements made to the Official Receiver, the Defendant being a former solicitor.
Yates and others
A three-handed prosecution charging the following offences (amongst others): Contravening the restriction on the re-use of a Company name. Taking part in the management of a Company whilst being an un-discharged bankrupt. Misconduct in the course of winding up.
Bowler and Woodman
A case asserting that a disqualified Director (and bankrupt) had acted as a shadow Director and that the named Director was a figurehead.
Daroch and Chopra
A prosecution charging the following: Carrying on companies business with intent to defraud. Failure of duty to keep accounting records. Failure to co-operate with the office holder in insolvency. Arising out of the dubious dealings of a company which defrauded creditors to the tune of over 178,000.
A prosecution alleging misconduct in the course of winding up and failure to maintain appropriate accounting records.
Member of the Midland Circuit
Member of the CBA
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.