John Bishop

Call: 1970

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After Call, John worked as a law lecturer at various colleges in London before embarking on several years’ travel around the world, including working as a nickel miner in the north of Canada, a construction worker in Australia and trekking through the Himalayas to Everest base camp.



John’s experience of criminal work is extensive and encompasses the whole calendar of offences, including murder, causing death by dangerous driving, and major fraud. He has also defended at numerous courts-martial – not only in the United Kingdom, but in Northern Ireland, Germany and Brunei. In addition, he has recently been involved in a series of Proceeds of Crime Act cases, one of which concerned the seizure at Heathrow Airport of £690,000 in cash being shipped to Hong Kong.


Throughout his career, John has retained an element of common law civil work encompassing general contract and tort, including professional negligence and boundary disputes. He also has experience in regulatory matters – both professional (General Medical Council, Law Society disciplinary tribunals) and Local Authority (waste disposal and licensing).

Commercial contractual work has included building disputes large and small, supply of defective materials and sale of advertising space.


  • Honourable Society of Middle Temple


Photography, antiquarian books

Related Cases

  • Canterbury City Council v Ali [2013] EWHC 2360 Admin – local authority regulation of taxi drivers
  • R v Pearce [1996] Crim L.R. 442 CA – real property not to be forfeited under s.27, Misuse of Drugs Act, 1971
  • R v Crn. Ct. at Inner London Sessions ex p. Baines & Baines [1987] 3 All ER 1025 – no privilege in solicitor’s conveyancing documents in production order under PACE – proceeds of Brink’s MAT robbery
  • R v Young (1984) 78 Crim. App. R. 288 Ct.-MAC – drunkenness no defence to drug possession