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Chambers of John Price QC and Cairns Nelson QC
23 Essex Street
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‘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 2

John Price QC23 Essex StreetHis submissions are expressed with lucidity, cogency and relentless logic.

23 Essex Street ‘has a great range of barristers for general crime‘. The set prosecutes and defends in a mix of work across the board. Instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, John Price QC prosecuted at trial – and appeared in subsequent appeals – Jemma Beale, who in 2019 had her ten year sentence for perverting the course of justice and perjury upheld by the Court of Appeal; Beale caused a man to be sentenced to seven years imprisonment for a rape he did not commit, and successfully claimed compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority; one key legal issue in the appeal was if the jury direction about “rape myths” given to juries in rape trials should be given to juries in perjury trials concerning rape allegations. Turning to defence work, in Court of Appeal, Francis FitzGibbon QC represented the appellant in R v GS, a case which concerned the prosecution of victims of trafficking. Unled junior highlights include Rupert Wheeler acting as sole counsel for the successful claimant in R (Poskitt) v Reading Magistrates’ Court, in which the High Court quashed a decision of a Magistrates’ Court to overturn another’s decision using section 142 of the Magistrates’ Court Act. Senior junior Rupert Pardoe has retired.