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John Batchelor

Year of call:
2016 (Solicitor 1993)
Education:
1990
College of Law York, Law Society Final Examination
1988
T.E.F.L
Career:
1993
Solicitor atTwitchen Musters & Kelly, Essex
1994
Solicitor/Partner at Graham & Rosen, Hull
2000
Head of Criminal Law at Ramsdens Solicitors, Huddersfield
2002
Solicitor/Partner at Tates Solicitors, Leeds
2005
HCA –Higher Rights (crime)
2016
Tenant at Park Square Barristers
2016
Grade 3 Crown Prosecutor
Memberships:
Criminal Bar Association Inner Temple

Originally from Leeds, John Batchelor has specialised in defending serious crime since 1993 when he was admitted as a solicitor. He is an effective advocate and obtained his higher rights (crime) in 2005, and has appeared regularly in the crown court since. John transferred to the bar in 2016 but has over 23 years experience in advising in cases involving serious violence, homicide, drugs, public disorder, proceeds of crime, fatal driving cases, and an array of sexual offences. He has recently been placed on the Advocate Panel 2016-20 list for general crime at level 3, for the North Eastern circuit.

“A persuasive advocate who pays attention to every detail and is committed to the interest of the client” 

– Instructing Solicitor

John has also advised in serious police enquiries of national interest, including The News International phone hacking investigation.

With particular experience in advising on serious fraud cases and VHCC cases brought by the CPS and the SFO (R.v.Papworth, R.v.Grove, R.v.Mitchell) he is skilled at handling complex and large electronic cases. He has a particular interest in business crime and regulatory work.

John has conducted trials involving serious violence and general crime, as well as multi-handed cases. He has been led by both silk and junior counsel and brings to the Bar his wealth of experience from advising suspects at the police station all the way through to jury trial.

Having provided positive advice on appeal from the Crown Court he has also appeared successfully before the Court of Appeal.

A number of prominent figures from public life and those that have attracted media interest have been discreetly represented by John.

With experience at first hand of the changes and pressure brought to solicitors in practice, John is ideally placed to assist solicitors in looking after their lay clients from a diverse and varied background. He is an affable, approachable advocate who is plain speaking in his advice when supporting his professional and lay clients.

John has recently appeared in several serious sexual offence cases, including non-recent cases and those with multiple allegations and multiple complainants of all age ranges. A number of these cases involve pre-recorded cross-examination.

Recently John has represented a number of people with mental health issues or additional needs. He is used to representing those with complex communication needs.

Notable Cases

R-v-SH – Leeds Crown Court – Successful acquittal of a young man in sexual assault allegation within a relationship. This case attracted nationwide media coverage.

R-v-CT – Chester Crown Court 2018 – Successful application to have allegations of arson dismissed over the issue of DNA transfer from moveable objects.

R-v-CT – Leeds Crown Court 2018 – Defending a conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Multiple defendants in professional offending.

R-v-BH – York Crown Court 2018 – Defending a mature defendant in rape and associated offences from 1974-1978.

R-v-AB – Leeds Crown Court 2018 Instructed junior in a murder allegation. Significant expert evidence, D acquitted of murder after trial.

R-v-RH – Leeds Crown Court 2018 – Defending a father in serious sexual case involving his own children.

R-v-VF – Hull Crown Court 2018 – Representing a lady with additional needs in a kidnap case.

R-v-HH – Leeds Crown Court 2018 – Defending a young man with Asperger’s and additional needs in a child abduction case.

Contact John’s clerks

Andrew Thornton on 0113 213 5202

Gina Hawkins on 0113 213 5205

Rebecca Wilson on 0113 213 5203

Hannah Dempsey on 0113 213 5211

Elaine Foster-Morgan on 0113 213 5217

Called to the Bar in 2016 but admitted as solicitor in 1993, John brings his wealth of experience in advising on regulatory cases and business crime, having specialised from the turn of the millennium in fraud and regulatory work. John has defended large SFO cases, organised fraud and money laundering cases brought by the CPS, HMRC, DWP and other agencies.

“A persuasive advocate who pays attention to every detail and is committed to the interest of the client”

– Instructing Solicitor

He has significant experience in defending complex multi-handed frauds including Ponzi and Boiler room frauds, and cases presented on encrypted case management software.

John has case managed and planned defences in many large fraud cases and has also appeared as an advocate in similar cases including those with cross-jurisdictional issues and non-domiciled defendants.

As a solicitor John advised lay clients in a number of significant fraud enquiries, including The News International phone hacking enquiry.

He was a police station adviser for over 20 years as well as an advocate and has also advised and appeared in money laundering and POCA cases and has significant experience in financial crime and advising in FCA compliance issues.

John has experience in defending environmental pollution and industrial waste prosecutions, and health and safety industrial accident and criminal negligence cases, together with a number of trade licence cases.

In addition he has coronial law experience and has appeared at a number of inquests in West Yorkshire for medics at different levels of their career in hospital fatalities.

He has also regularly advised in police investigations for all the types of work described above.

He is an affable and approachable advocate who strives to give clear, concise and structured advice to his professional and lay clients alike.

John is a grade 3 prosecutor and regularly prosecutes serious crime and has undertaken CCU and RASSO cases; John has also undertaken work for the Complex case unit in prosecuting firearms offences.

Notable cases

R-v-G&H (2018) – Prosecuting youths in sexual offences on a 12 year old.

R-v-BH (2018) – Prosecuting a high value POCA contested case with issues of hidden assets, third party (S10A) interests and tainted gifts.

R-v-TW – CCU Prosecution of D in PWITS with a firearm. Other prosecuting agencies involved with the CPS.

Contact John’s clerk

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603