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Chambers of John Price QC and Cairns Nelson QC

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John Price QC

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23 Essex Street (Chambers of John Price QC and Cairns Nelson QC)


‘Extremely capable and a very skilled cross-examiner.’  Legal 500, 2015 : Crime

John Price QC both defends and prosecutes in all manner of serious criminal cases in courts throughout the country.

He has acquired over the years particular experience in the conduct of criminal cases in the field of civil aviation, often involving corporate defendants, including major airlines, charged with regulatory offences, relating, for example to the carriage by air of dangerous goods.

Since taking silk, he has appeared in a number of co-called cold-cases, including a case of murder from 1966 [R v David Burgess] and a retrial following the quashing of an acquittal by the Court of Appeal [R v Mark Weston].

John is regularly briefed on high profile historic sexual abuse cases involving public figures and public schools.

He is also counsel of choice for cases involving offences of Corporate Manslaughter and Gross Negligence Manslaughter [R v Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Azeez & Cornish and R v Thomas and Rudling].

He appears regularly before special courts in the Court of Appeal, concerning appeals on cases of recognised public importance, for example: CPS v F [Abuse of process arising from delay] and R v H [sentencing in historic cases of sexual abuse].


Called 1982; Inner Temple; junior (Midland and Oxford circuit) 1992-93; Recorder 2007; Silk 2009.


Criminal Bar Association, Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, Midland and Oxford Circuit (Former Junior to Circuit 1992).


Oxford (BA Jurisprudence).

London Bar

Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

John Price QC - 23 Essex StreetHe handles serious cases for both defence and prosecution, including RASSO.

Within: Crime (general crime)

23 Essex Street appears on both sides of cases, including prosecution in a number of serious sexual offence cases. In 2018 Kate Lumsdon QC, Eloise Marshall QC and Rossano Scamardella QC all took silk. As far as work highlights are concerned, John Price QC and Madeleine Wolfe prosecuted Jemma Beale, who was convicted of perjury, among other offences, after making several fabricated allegations of rape; one of her victims was convicted and sentences to seven years imprisonment.

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