Viewing: Silk for John Butterfield QC

“An exemplary advocate.”
“Without doubt one of the best performing.”
“Each case is meticulously prepared.”
“A persuasive and impressive manner.”
“First rate.”
“Amongst the best.”
“Knows how to exploit weaknesses in his opponents’ cases.”
John has practised exclusively in crime since his call to the Bar. He appears for both the Prosecution and the Defence.
John is one of the very few Criminal Law barristers to have been feted by the Times in their ‘Lawyer of the Week’ section.
His practice has routinely included cases of gravity and complexity spanning a substantial variety of areas relating to the Criminal Law.
He is a Recorder of the Crown Court.
As well as his Crown Court successes John has featured repeatedly in cases now cited as leading Court of Appeal authorities.
Please see John’s individual practice area CVs for more details.
“He is a class act. He has a very strong work ethic.”
Chambers UK 2019
Recorder - 2009
Silk - 2014
Member of the Criminal Bar Association
Member of the Midlands Circuit
LLB 1st Class (Hons), the University of Liverpool

Latest News & Publications

John Butterfield QC and Simon Hunka are acting for the defence in a murder trial in which a couple are accused of killing a homeless woman...

Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2019
A convicted murderer making headlines for warning teenagers of the risks of arming themselves with knives was prosecuted by John Butterfield QC of No5 Barristers’ Chambers at his 2015 trial....

Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2019
No5 Barristers’ Chambers’ John Butterfield QC is leading the prosecution of a man accused of killing his friend with a single stab wound last summer....

Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2019