John Lucas




Called : 1998

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John is rapidly becoming recognised as one of Londons’ finest jury advocates. With an impressive track record of winning cases, John is often instructed as lead junior in the most challenging of cases. Examples of the type of work John undertakes are: complex fraud, murder and attempted murder, rapes and sexual assaults, drugs and money laundering and organised crime. John has appeared and advised in a variety of contested cases in the Crown Court, Court of Appeal and the High Court.

John has a special ability to deal with cases which require a careful eye to detail, and which involve, experts, including forensic accountants, computers, telephones and I.T. In terms of Johns’ approach to cases, he is a strategist, ‘who will always find an angle’. Johns’ quick thinking and natural advocacy talent make him a lethal cross-examiner who is able to take a witness apart within minutes of them stepping into the witness box.

In terms of client care, John is dedicated to the end often spending more time than is even necessary to ensure that ‘no stone is left unturned.’ He is also extremely good at putting clients at ease and is known for his perseverance and seeing cases to the end.


R -v- Georgina Alleyne – Croydon Crown Court – (possession of firearms ….2017 result of suspended sentence)
“I can’t thank you enough for giving me John Lucas as my barrister…he was always re-assuring and I thought my whole life was collapsing ...he handled the case brilliantly…”)

R -v- Manuel Antougia – Inner London Crown Court (Sexual Assault ...2017 unanimous verdict of not guilty.)
“You saved my life Mr Lucas …thank you so much…”

R -v- Jaider Periera – Kingston Crown Court 2017 (Sexual Activity with a child -unanimous verdict of not guilty)
“the way you handled the witnesses was brilliant …. I can’t express my gratitude to you ...I was facing a lifetime of misery…”

R -v- Bobby Melrose – Cambridge Crown Court … (Rape Allegation 2016 – unanimous verdict).
”John practically save my life…he was brilliant in every and had the jury eating out of his hand…. I was so worried that my life was going to come to an end and that I’d never see my son again but John changed that…...I now have my life back ….and I’m seeing my son and all thanks to John”

R -v- Jason Farinas & others – Wood Green Crown Court (Attempted Murder allegation 2015 along with 8 co-defendants, lead counsel …first trial hung jury unanimous not guilty verdict by jury)
“John is a brilliant barrister …. we can’t thank him enough …he has been dedicated to the end and had done a brilliant job….” (Family of Jason Farinas)

R -v- B Mohammed – Harrow Crown Court ... (s.18 GBH allegation 2016) …...
“the case started badly and John had only just got the papers but by the 2nd day he turned the case upside down on its head in my favour and against the prosecution and we started winning…from there it was better and better in my favour until we won the case…I’m very grateful to John ...”


2017 - R -v- Renroy Johnson Attempted Murder at Wolverhampton Crown Court (case of nationwide publicity)

2017 - Mohammed Ali, K Hussein (& others) – Sexual Risk Prevention Order – involving 4 defendants at Birmingham Magistrates Court;

2016 – R -v- Pierzhada Khan – murder trial involving 6 defendants lead by Tyrone Smith QC at Birmingham Crown Court.

2016 - Lauma Vankova (& others) Large scale fraud and money laundering trial which involved 4 defendants – lead counsel (leading Thomas McGarvey) and prosecuted by Greg Perrins (now HHJ Perrins at Wood Green Crown Court).

2016 - R -v- John Burnley – Cambridge Crown Court – extremely unusual trial involving rape of a grandchild;

2016 – Foysol Ahmed (& others) Local authority prosecution at Stafford Crown Court involving 9 defendants – case of large scale publicity;

2015 - R -v- Robert Bailey (& others) exceptionally large multi-handed trial involving 13 defendants of child abuse at Warwick Crown Court.

2014 - R -v- Leon Pacquette – Central Criminal Court –  3 week murder trial led by James Scobie QC.

2014 - R -v- Jason Farinas (& others) Lead Counsel in 9 handed attempted murder trial at Wood Green Crown Court co-defending with Lee Karu QC (for the second defendant). A commendation received from the Learned Trial Judge (HHJ F. Morrison who is now retired).

2013 - R -v- Blandford – Worcester Crown Court – Serious Crime Prevention Order involving 5 million pounds.


In terms of prosecution work, John is grade 3 level prosecutor and regularly prosecutes extremely serious cases and is also on the rape panel advocates list.


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