Called to the Bar:2018

  • John Morrison joined QEB Hollis Whiteman in January 2021 following successful completion of his pupillage. After building a successful career working in technology teams to deliver multi-million-pound projects, John retrained and qualified as a barrister. He has experienced work across Chambers' core practice areas and continues to impress those he works for and with.

    Corporate and Financial Crime

    John Morrison has experience of large and small scale financial crime both supporting others and acting alone.

    He has been instructed in an internal investigation into a payments provider who was accused of accounting irregularities and artificially inflating profits. He is currently instructed by the FCA to assist with a large financial crime and regulatory investigation.

    Crime

    John Morrison has experience across a wide range of courts and criminal charges for both the defence and the prosecution.

    He has a busy general crime practice and is regularly instructed to defend and prosecute in the Crown, Magistrates' and Youth Courts. He has experience dealing with cases across the criminal spectrum.

    Regulatory

    John Morrison has already established a practice within the field of professional regulation, working alongside established law firms and regulators.

    Most recently, John has been instructed to assist in the preparation of cases for the Health Care Professionals Council from initial allegations through to the preparation for presentation at the HCPTS.

    Public Law

    John Morrison has developed a promising start to a practice in the field of Public Law.

    He has supported others in chambers in work associated with inquests, inquiries and judicial review, as he builds a Public Law practice of his own.

    Education

    • Bar Professional Training Course LLM (Distinction) – BPP Law School (2017-18)
    • Graduate Diploma in Law – BPP Law School (2016-17)
    • BA Hons (1st Class) Geography – Mansfield College, University of Oxford (2009-12)

    Scholarships

    • Prince of Wales Scholar - Gray’s Inn (2017)
    • BPP University Excellence Award (2017)

    Professional Memberships

    • The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
    • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
    • Criminal Bar Association

    Appointments

    • Youth Justice Legal Centre Approved Counsel
    • CPS - External Advocates Panel (Grade 1)

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    • Congratulations to our new tenant, John Morrison

      We are delighted to announce that John Morrison has accepted an offer to join Chambers, following the successful completion of his pupillage.For more information, please contact our clerking team – either by email or by telephone: 020 7933 8855.

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    John Morrison has experience of large and small scale financial crime both supporting others and acting alone. 

    Overview

    With experience of various stages and at various levels of corporate crime, John has excellent footing in this field.

    Experience

    John is currently instructed by the FCA to undertake an investigation into potential offences committed under the of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. John has previously been instructed to assist an internal investigation into a payments provider who were accused of accounting irregularities and artificially inflating profits.

    John previously worked closely with Kerry Broome in defending a former CEO charged with multiple counts of fraud and cheating the public revenue.

    He is regularly sought out by others to support and assist in voluminous and complex pieces of work. He is clever, efficient and collaborative; he is a great addition to any team.  

  • John Morrison has experience across a wide range of courts and criminal charges for both the defence and the prosecution. 

    Overview

    John has a busy general crime practice and is regularly instructed to defend and prosecute in the Crown, Magistrates' and Youth Courts. He has experience dealing with cases across the criminal spectrum.

    Experience

    John is developing a practice focussing on serious crime having recently been instructed in numerous multi-handed cases involving PWITS Class A, large scale burglary conspiracies and money laundering. 

    In addition to trial advocacy John has experience of arguing complex legal and evidential points with a view to stopping proceedings before the trial has begun.

    John has supported senior and junior treasury counsel in prosecuting serious cases at the Central Criminal Court and is adept at researching, preparing, reviewing and drafting work for more senior counsel in chambers and clients, respectively. 

    Notable cases

    R v S [2021 ongoing]: Currently instructed to represent a client putting forward a non-insane automatism defence against a charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving

    R v S [2021 ongoing]: Currently instructed in a multi-handed burglary conspiracy trial involving cell site evidence

    R v S [2021]: Successful submission of no case to answer in money laundering case involving £60,000

    R v T [2021]: Successfully argued police officer was conducting an illegal search in an assault emergency trial

    R v K [2021]: Successfully ran a needle phobia defence during a trial of failing to provide a specimen

    Articles

  • John Morrison has already established a practice within the field of professional regulation, working alongside established law firms and regulators. 

    Overview

    John has worked across various disciplines within this field for both the prosecution and defence. 

    Experience

    John has recently assisted a leading solicitor’s firm to assist in the preparation of cases for the Health Care Professionals Council. This involved managing a large case load of from initial investigation through to preparation of cases for presentation at the HCPTS.

    John has also assisted more senior members of Chambers in defending complex cases brought by the SRA, GMC and BSB.

    His practice enjoys the nature interface between the practice areas chambers specialises in. 

  • John Morrison has developed a promising start to a practice in the field of Public Law. 

    Overview

    He has supported others in chambers in work associated with inquests, inquiries and judicial review, as he builds a Public Law practice of his own. 

    Experience

    John is currently part of the Whyte Review, an independent review conducted by Anne Whyte QC of QEB Hollis Whiteman. The review is into alleged abuse in British Gymnastics. John has conducted numerous interviews with often vulnerable interested parties. 

    He has a very keen interest in this field, recently writing an article on the impact of Covid-19 on jury held inquests and prisons. 

    Articles

    • Inquests, Prisons and Covid-19

      On 25 March 2020, the Coronavirus Act 2020 (‘the 2020 Act’) received Royal Assent and became law. The Chief Coroner has also released a number of Guidance Notes (Numbers 34, 35 and 36) which expand upon the new powers granted in the 2020 Act a...