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"He is very insightful and he has a keen eye for detail. He gets straight to the point and is a very tenacious advocate." "He is very experienced and very calm." - Chambers and Partners 2019
"A stalwart and very self-possessed silk." - The Legal 500 2019

John Elvidge QC prosecutes and defends serious criminal cases.

He also undertakes regulatory and licensing work.

A selection of high profile cases

Homicide

Acts of revenge

  • R v Rought and Smith (2014, prosecuting) – media coverage can be found here
  • R v Gaskin and others (2014, defending) – media coverage can be found here

By children and young people

  • R v Johnson (2011, defending) – media coverage can be found here
  • R v Garner & Keane (2013, prosecuting) – media coverage can be found here
  • R v F & D (the “Angela Wrightson murder”) (2016, defending D) – media coverage can be found here
  • On media reporting – media coverage can be found here
  • [2016] 2 Cr App R 13

Diminished Responsibility

  • R v Miller (2013, defending) – media coverage can be found here
  • R v Patterson (2014, prosecuting) – media coverage can be found here

Gross Negligence Manslaughter

  •  R v Barrass (2011, prosecuting) gross neglect causing death of disabled sister. media coverage can be found  here

See also [2012] 1 Cr App R (S) 80

Multiple deaths

  • R v Haigh (2012, defending) -media coverage can be found here
  • R v Ruddy (2015, prosecuting) -media coverage can be found here

Particularly vulnerable victims

  • R v Briggs (2011, defending) – media coverage can be found here
  • R v Campbell (2016, defending) – media coverage can be found here
  • R v Honeyman and Stevenson (2017, prosecuting) – media coverage can be found here

Statutory duty, breach causing death

  •  R v Williams (2018, prosecuting) cot/bed designer convicted of breaching statutory duty contrary to section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. – media coverage can be found here

Organised crime

Blackmail and kidnapping

  • R v Xue (2010, defending) – media coverage can be found here
  • [2012] 1 Cr App R (S) 91

Corporate Fraud

  •  R v Black and others (Operation Adobe) (2018, defending a financial consultant) – five month trial; an SFO prosecution that concerned millions of pounds worth of sales of solar panels throughout the UK using incentive schemes based on prospective offshore investment and insurance.  

Drugs conspiracies

  • R v Singh and others (2012, prosecuting) – media coverage can be found here

Fraud against financial institutions

  • R v P J Wright (Operation Nacho) (2014 – 2016, prosecuting appeals and retrials) – media coverage can be found here

 Perverting the course of justice

  • R v R (2011, defending)
  • R was tried at Woolwich on a conspiracy charge alleging jury tampering in a gangland murder trial
  • Informant evidence was called pursuant to a section 73 agreement
  • The case was stayed for abuse of process.

Sexual exploitation

  • R v Azram and others (Operation Shelter) (2015 – 2017, prosecuting) – media coverage can be found here and here

Slavery

  • R v Rafael and others (2018, prosecuting) 15-week trial – media coverage can be found here

 

Directory Recommendations

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019

“He is very insightful and he has a keen eye for detail. He gets straight to the point and is a very tenacious advocate.” “He is very experienced and very calm.”

The Legal 500 2019
“A stalwart and very self-possessed silk.”

Chambers and Partners  UK Bar 2018

“He has excellent advocacy and client care skills. The matter was complex and despite having the case sent to him late, he mastered the vast amount of evidence with ease and speed.”

The Legal 500 2017

“Very experienced in high-profile homicide cases”

The Legal 500 2016

“Experienced in a range of heavyweight cases.”

The Legal 500 2015

“He is, for many, the first-choice silk on the North Eastern Circuit”

Education

  • King Edward VII School, Sheffield
  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Inns of Court School of Law
  • Pupil of HH Michael Taylor at the chambers of Robin Stewart QC (2 Harcourt Buildings, Temple & annex at 17, Blake Street, York)

Memberships

  • Gray’s Inn
  • North Eastern Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Bar Council (2007/10, 2013/16)
  • General Management Committee of the Bar Council (2014/16)