John has drafted summary and detailed grounds and appeared on behalf of public bodies in permission hearings in the Administrative Court. He is currently instructed by a police force on a substantive judicial review relating to the handling of public complaints under the Police Reform Act 2002.
He is frequently instructed by the Home Office to draft grounds for immigration judicial reviews in the Upper Tribunal.
John regularly appears in the Crown Court to resist appeals against firearms licensing decisions. His military experience gives him particular insight into the technical issues that can arise.
He also appears in the Magistrates’ Court to resist appeals against other licensing decisions, particularly in relation to minicabs and taxis.
As a member of the Government Legal Department’s ‘Junior Junior’ scheme, John has carried out large-scale disclosure reviews for Ofgem (in connection with a major public inquiry, the Renewable Heat Incentive Inquiry) and the Government Legal Department. He also often acts as independent counsel for LPP sifts in ongoing criminal investigations.