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Prosecuting Barrister

John Crawford

Called in 2016, John practices in all areas of criminal law, and has experience acting for a range of different bodies in criminal proceedings ranging from local authorities, government bodies, and also private prosecutors.

Criminal Prosecutions

John has been instructed in a range of Crown Court and Magistrates Court prosecutions, including providing pre-charge advice on cases. He also has experience of dealing with POCA proceedings included contested hearings.

John has experience in conducting various stages of a private prosecution. He has acted as a disclosure officer to review material to comply with initial, and ongoing, disclosure obligations. With his experience of having conducted LLP reviews on behalf of the Police and in his criminal practice generally, John is aware of the significant burden that disclosure obligations place on a private prosecutor and the importance of ensure the process is carried out effectively.

He has also been instructed in numerous trademark and fraud prosecutions from first appearances through to trials and sentencing hearings. John is comfortable with the legal and practical hurdles that can arise when bringing a private prosecution and presenting the case to the Court.

John has conducted private prosecutions on behalf of a charity, including a fraud prosecution against a pub owner who had kept the proceeds of a charity fundraiser for themselves.

John also has significant experience of costs applications following successful prosecutions, both against Defendants personally and from Central Funds.

Regulatory Prosecutions

Alongside his Criminal practice, John has been instructed in a number of related regulatory matters. This has included a prosecution on behalf of the Forestry Commission, as well as extensive experience of breach of trademark offences.

John has also been involved in prosecutions on behalf of local authorities for breaches of health and safety at work regulations, HMO conditions and licensing cases. This has included drafting advices for clients' pre-charge as well as representation at hearings.

What Others Say

These are the views of some of the solicitors who have instructed John:

‘John has on all occasions been diligent and conscientious, demonstrating an assiduous attention to detail. John is strong technically and applies a very high standard of skill and care to all the cases in which I have instructed him.’

‘John’s style is very effective and persuasive. He is measured, logical and has a natural instinct to sense the way the case is going.’

‘I have always been very impressed by Mr Crawford’s knowledge and Court craft as well as his client handling skills. I have had no hesitation in sending him to represent clients who I have known for years in the sure knowledge that they will be skilfully represented and well looked after.’

‘he has all the qualities that both solicitors and lay clients expect in a modern day barrister’

‘John is unflappable and responsive when under pressure either in court or from other parties in litigation’


Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Grade 2 Prosecutor


  • BPTC: University of Law: Outstanding
  • BA Law (Cantab): Cambridge: First


  • Gray’s Inn Reid Scholarship
  • University of Law Employment Law award (BPTC)
  • Lamb Building Advanced Criminal Procedure award (BPTC)
  • Ng Law award (Jesus College Cambridge)

Basis of Instructions

For further details regarding fees, billing and price transparency visit here. For cases with no solicitor involvement, information can be found in the Bar Standards Board's Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients, here.

Trinity Chambers

The Custom House
Newcastle upon Tyne

Crime Prosecutors

Private Prosecution Services for Businesses & Individuals

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