John Price QC > 23ES > London, England > Lawyer Profile



‘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).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

John Price QC23 Essex StreetA brilliant silk and the pre-eminent silk for prosecuting cases of complexity and sensitivity, particularly where there are difficult questions of law.