Year of Call 2002 Year of Silk 2014
John specialises in defending complex criminal trials prosecuted in the High Court of Justiciary and Sheriff Court.
He has defended health and safety prosecutions involving death and injury in the course of employment; fatal road traffic collisions; financial prosecutions and other areas of regulatory crime. He has extensive experience of lengthy and complex criminal trials including murder and sexual offences. He also has experience of Fatal Accident Inquiries.
He was appointed as an advocate depute in 2007. In 2009 he became a senior advocate depute and in 2011 was appointed to the role of Assistant Principal Crown Counsel. He returned to private practice in 2015 and since then has become one of the most widely instructed senior counsel at the Scottish Criminal Bar.
2019: HMA v Kieran Kennedy – Teenager prosecuted in the High Court in relation to charge of causing death of a pedestrian by dangerous driving. Acquitted of dangerous driving.
2019: HMA v Michael Havlin – Lorry driver prosecuted in the Sheriff Court in relation to causing death of pedestrian by careless driving. Pled guilty and sentenced to a Community Payback Order.
2019: Law Society of Scotland v MR – solicitor prosecuted before disciplinary panel following multiple convictions under S5 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
2019: HMA v CG – Edinburgh University Student prosecuted in the High Court in relation to allegations of rape involving fellow students. Accused acquitted of all charges.
2018: HMA v Argyll McCoist – Teenager prosecuted in the Sheriff Court in relation to causing serious injury to pedestrian by dangerous driving.
2018: HMA v DB – Teacher prosecuted for historical sexual allegations
2017: HMA v Lynn Taylor – Accountant pled guilty to embezzlement over a 7 year period from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society of over £200K sentenced to a Community Payback Order.
2016: HMA v LT T/A Hex Fabrication (4-week sheriff and jury trial) – Accused acquitted of charge brought under Section 3 HSWA involving a death at work following the collapse of a Mobile Elevating Work Platform.
2016: HMA v AJM – Employee of Adam Smith College, Fife, prosecuted in the High Court charged with fraudulently obtaining funds from the European Commission European Structural Funds. Accused acquitted of the charges following lengthy negotiations with the Crown.
2016: HMA v WM – Church minister acquitted of allegations of historical sexual abuse made by parishioners.
2016: WM v HMA – Successful appeal against conviction by church minister convicted of charges of sexual assault made by parishioners  HCJAC 15.
2016: HMA v Imran Ahmad. Rangers Case – Advising former director of Rangers Football Club prosecuted in relation to allegations of fraud
2016: John Docherty v HMA – Appeared for the Crown in murder conviction appeal in relation to the murder of a 16-year-old girl in 1986  HCJAC.
2015: Financial Conduct Authority v Alasdair Greig - Multimillion pound fraud action brought against an Independent Financial Advisor.
2015: HMA v TA - Professional footballer acquitted of indictment containing a charge of assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement.
2015: HMA v Alexander Pacteau - Notorious murder of Irish student Karen Buckley.
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