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John receiving his award from Andy Burnham MP for Asian Voice 'Lawyer of Year' 2015



Called to the Bar of England and Wales: 1983

Took Silk: 2010

Honorary Visiting Professor of Law, Cardiff University: 2010

Bencher, Middle Temple: 2012

LLB [Hons]. Butterworths Law Prizeman, Newcastle University 1977-80


Member of New South Wales Bar, Australia: 1989

Member of Victoria Bar, Australia: 2014

Member of Gibraltar Bar: 2013


Former Lawyer, Clifford Chance: 1988-89


Attorney General A-List [Most Serious Prosecutor]: 1999-2004

Grade 4 [Most Serious] Prosecutor 1995-2000


Commissioner: Lambeth Borough Council Children First Commission 2002


Special Advisor to Home Affairs Select Committee 2015

Special Advisor to Chair of Home Affairs Select Committee 2015-

Legal Advisor to Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Solicitor General 2016-

Special Advisor to Lord Bach, Legal Aid Commission of Inquiry 2016

Legal Advisor, All Party Committee on Capital Punishment 2014-

Provided Evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications July 2014

Member, National Working Party on Drug Prevention (Home Office) 1997


Member, Newcastle Law Faculty Advisory Board 2012-

Member, Big Brother Watch Advisory Board 2015-

Trustee, Prisoners of Conscience 2010

Citizenship Foundation School Mock Trials Project: Organising Board 2008-

Director of Media Communications, Halsbury Law Exchange 2011-

Chair of Advisory Board, Trust the Market 2014-

President and Chair of League Against Cruel Sports 1998-2015


Vice Chairman, Bar Council Public Affairs Committee 2008-10

Vice Chairman, Bar Council Conference Organising Committee 2010

Chair, Bar Council Working Party on Coroners and Justice Act 2009

Editor Criminal Bar Quarterly for Criminal Bar Association 2006-

Member Bar Council 2004-2012

Member Criminal Bar Association 2003-2012

Director of Education, South East Circuit 2011-2014

Middle Temple Senior Advocacy Trainer 2008-

Member Young Barrister's Committee 1984-1987






Lawyer of the Year (Asian Voice, Political & Public Life Awards) 2015

Human Rights Barrister of the Year (Shortlisted) (Justice, Liberty, Law Society) 2008

Pro Bono Barrister of the Year (Citation) (Bar Council) 2008

Pro Bono Barrister of the Year (Shortlisted) (Bar Council) 2012

Lawyer of the Week (The Times) 12th November, 2009 

Barrister of the Year (Commended) (The Lawyer) 1998 


Freeman of the City of London 2012

Fellow Royal Society of Arts 2010



Groucho Club

Home House

Chelsea Arts Club





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