Clerking team

Mark Robinson
Mark Robinson

Senior Clerk Chester

Greg Brooker

Lead Criminal Clerk

Avril Vaughan

Criminal Clerk

Alex Downing

Junior Criminal Clerk

Rhian Jennings

Junior Criminal Clerk

“An efficient, approachable and persuasive advocate.”

Legal 500, 2014

John read law at Hull University and was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1972.

    Crown Court & appeals

    John is experienced in all areas of criminal law, including: murder, other offences of serious violence, sexual offences and fraud.


    R v Mark Bridger: Abduction and murder of April Jones in Machynlleth.

    R v Craig Holness: Conviction for Section 18 Wounding overturned in the Court of Appeal.

    R v Edgerton: Rape and sexual assault on multiple victims.

    R v T B: Solicitor acquitted of assault by penetration, sexual assault on partner.

    R v Craig Holness: Acquitted of sexual assault and attempt robbery.

    Fraud & financial crime


    R v Blue Water Ltd: Allegations of fraud and regulatory offences by cockle fishing company.


    • Criminal Bar Association