5 Essex Court

John Goss

Call 2015

Public / Administrative

John is establishing a broad Administrative Court practice. He is regularly instructed to draft summary and detailed grounds and appeared on behalf of public bodies in permission hearings in the Administrative Court. He acted for a police force on a substantive judicial review relating to the handling of public complaints under the Police Reform Act 2002, reported at R (S) v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police [2018] EWHC 1709 (Admin), and has been instructed on other similar matters. Led by Alan Payne QC, he recently acted on a case involving information sharing between police and other government agencies in the context of human trafficking and the National Referral Mechanism. Other cases have involved police vetting decisions, decisions in relation to the retention of police information, and challenges to orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

He is frequently instructed by the Home Office to draft grounds for immigration judicial reviews in the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal, and on claims arising out of alleged false imprisonment in immigration detention.

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 under the Licensing Act 2003 and in relation to minicabs and taxis. He successfully represented Nottingham City Council in a high profile appeal against the revocation of a premises licence following a summary review, securing findings that ‘the mis-management of the premises was intertwined with, and a conduit for, violence’ and that the licensing objectives had been ‘catastrophically undermined.’