John Batchelor

Year of call:

2016 (Solicitor 1993)


1990 - College of Law York, Law Society Final Examination

1988 - T.E.F.L


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


Criminal Bar Association Inner Temple

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

John has recently been instructed in food hygiene and food safety proceedings brought by the Food Standards Agency. His experience extends to RAN  appeals and he is familiar with all aspects of the hierarchy of the enforcement within the food industry.

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 – Prosecuting youths in sexual offences on a 12 year old.
  • R-v-BH – 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 clerks

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250