John Cooper QC is a leading criminal law and human rights barrister. In 2008 he was shortlisted by the Law Society, Liberty and JUSTICE as human rights barrister of the year for his work representing bereaved families in the Nimrod, Hercules, Deepcut and Gordon Gentle cases.
He is Vice Chairman of the Bar Council’s Public Affairs Committee and he is Editor of the Criminal Bar Quarterly and is Consultant Editor of the Criminal Law & Justice Weekly. He is also Honorary Visiting Professor of Law at Cardiff University.
John writes regularly for many national newspapers including The Observer.
For further details of John’s work his website can be accessed at www.john-cooper.info
He is associated with the following areas of expertise: Crime, Fraud and Financial Regulation, Human Rights Law, Inquest and Public Enquiries, International Criminal Law, Regulatory and Disciplinary Terrorism.
- BCCI – world wide fraud allegations involving the failed bank.
- R v Paul Page four month conspiracy and witness intimidation trial which has received National prominence as a result of the defendant being a former Royal Protection Officer. A case requiring extremely sensitive handling as the defence involved suggestions of impropriety by Royal Protection Squad Officers and the Royal Family. During the course of the trial the prosecution witnesses accepted gross breaches of protocol at Buckingham Palace.
- R –v- Pomroy & Others – largest ever multi-handed copyright fraud. 46 million documents contained on disk and encompassed investigations on an international perspective. The law was complex and novel, including issues relating to internet evidence.
- R –v- Edwards & Others – large scale VAT carousel fraud, the first paperless trial, involving computerised evidence.
- R –v- Carl Page – large scale post office fraud involving breach of trust by sub post master over a significant period of time.
- R –v- Head & Others – principal defendant on fraud on American Express, obtained monies were said to have been used to fund terrorist organisations.
- R –v- Bhatt – accounting fraud. The internet was used to demonstrate to the Jury how the fraud was perpetrated. This method of presentation was the first of its kind.
- R – v – Smith & Others – large scale home workers fraud.
- R –v- Paul Page – betting syndicate fraud allegations.
- R –v- Khan – large and complex post office fraud.
- R –v- Holman – multi handed building society fraud, alleged to have been carried out by employees. Prosecuted by the SFO.
- R –v- Poulten – conspiracy to blackmail and violence in relation to terrorist organisations. Case involved intricate surveillance evidence and techniques.
- R –v- Bougarba – arrested in the same house as the Manchester Ricin plotters, originally suspected as being involved but eventually charged with fraud matters with allegations of funding terrorist operations.
- R –v- Minchev – largest counterfeit passport conspiracy with terrorist objectives that has been prosecuted to date.
- R v Lui Borges- This was one of the last cases to run the complex defence to murder of provocation. John Cooper QC, was a member of the Law Commission’s Working Party on the drafting of the new law, now enacted and is recognised as a leading authority as a result of that.
- R v Samuel Johnson – The case involved the kidnap, torture and multiple stabbing of a stranger in his own home, with the fatal injuries being caused in the deceased’s garden as he attempted to crawl away.
- R v M – This high profile case related to the kidnap, torture, murdering and mutilation of a man in a dispute within the Muslim community over a bride.
- R v Emigen Shega – This was the largest case of its type to come before the court, involving £40 million of Class A drugs. The case revolves round an Albanian Mafia type gang, and the complex business activities which revealed Shega as a central player.
- R –v- Gulnawaz Khan – extensive election fraud in Slough local elections.
- R –v- Tame & Others – multi handed conspiracy to steal computer chips. A sophisticated operation with international links.
- R –v- Jaramilo – Columbian contract killing case. An unusual and emotive trial involving the murder of a fifteen year old boy by a Columbian drug gang. One of the first cases to use cell site analysis.
- R –v- Brady – principal defendant in massive paedophile ring, involving the parents of the children and the commentary and sale of the acts over the internet.
- R –v- Buchanan & Others –multi handed murder.
- R –v- Hamza – representing the son of Abu Hamza in a highly sensitive case relating to the activities at Finsbury Park Mosque.
- R –v- D & Another – conspiracy to supply class A drugs to the street value of £9 million
- R –v- Packman – the Leah Betts case. Conspiracy to supply ecstasy.
- R –v- Murray – high profile case of a well known film actor for grievous bodily harm on drug dealers.
- R –v- Brown – downloading child pornography in an internet cafe.
- R –v Judge & Others – multi handed kidnap and torture of daughter in law in an arranged Asian marriage.
- R –v- Chapman & Ors – novel and serious drug prosecution involving the importation of class a drugs from Columbia in the bodies of live animals. A unique case involving sensitive police techniques requiring discreet and responsible conduct.
- R –v- G Tilling – defendant charged with murder and manslaughter after infliction of a serious head injury.
- R –V- Paul Page – Royal protection squad police officer in kidnap violence allegations against Sun journalist.
- R –v- Stationis – ‘boilerhouse’ stranger serial rapist case.
- R –v- Ricky Blackman & Others – Professional criminal organised rival gang fight leaving many with near fatal injuries.
- R –v- Davies – duress allegation involving graphic torture which was filmed and distributed.
- R –v- G – defendant unfit to plead in case alleging murder (decapitation) of his mother.
- R –v- S Brade – high profile attempted murder involving the fatal stabbing in the neck of a man sitting in a cinema in Soho watching a film. The attack was completely random the victim and the defendant having no association at all. Complex mental health elements.
- R-v- Whitewind – prosecution of mother who murders her 12 week old son. Conviction leading to referral to Court of Appeal by attorney General following criticisms of the Expert Roy Meadows.
- R v Crippen advising the family of the notorious murderer Dr Crippen (executed in 1911) upon appeal to achieve a posthumous pardon.
- R v T aylor, ‘the baby sitter murder’– Leading Counsel representing a defendant charged with Murder, causing or allowing the death of a child and neglect. The facts revolve around a toddler receiving 60 separate injuries over a prolonged period resulting ultimately in his death.
- R v Steele Multi handed kidnapping conspiracy revolving around gangland revenge punishment.
Human Rights Law and Inquest and Public Enquiries
- The Deepcut Inquest – Representing two of the families in the high profile and legally significant inquests into Soldiers Deaths at the Deepcut Barracks. These hearings considered the impact of Article 2 of ECHR in detail.
- Re: Gray & Others (Judicial Review) – Cases analysing the right to fair hearings for families who have been bereaved of soldiers on duty.
- Re: Gordon Gentle – Inquest into Iraqi soldier death.
- The Hercules Inquest – representing four families of soldiers who died in the Hercules air crash bought down by enemy action. Highly political issues involving lack of protection to airman.
- Re: Biddiss (Judicial Review) – case considering legality of forced early retirement of members of the armed forces.
- Nimrod Case – representing bereaved families in Article 2 action against the government.
- Re: Janet Alder – high profile action against CPS and Police Complaints Authority for race discrimination.
- Re: Courtland Smith – action against the Police revolving around the shooting of James Ashby.
- Re: Northern Rock – representing small shareholders in Article 1 Protocol 1 Judicial Review against Government.
- Jason Brady v Home Office – leading litigation against Government under Article 3 ECHR.
- Rats -v- Hetherington Appeal against the sentencing of a disabled prisoner. This has become an authority upon the procedure which Judges should follow before they commit severely disabled defendants to prison. The case involved an application of Article 3 of the ECHR. The importance of this case is further compounded by the intense media interest in issues relating to incarceration. In subsequently representing the defendant in an action against the prison service as a result of how they treated him, the client received significant damages.
- Puma Inquest – inquiry into the death of two SAS members in the theatre of war.
- Representing Lord Ahmed in his Privacy action against the Government.
- Representing acclaimed film Producer, Alexander Salkind in his libel action relating to his film, ‘Christopher Columbus: The Discovery.’ [Directed by John Glen.]
- Ponting v News Group Newspapers; MGN Ltd; Express Newspapers; Defamation, copyright and privacy action in Russian spy case.
- Majestic Films Ltd v Highlight Communication; Defamation action for film producer.
- Legal Advisor on Defamation for various BBC Films, including, Shadow of the Noose; A Sense of Guilt; Parnell; Newsnight; Panorama; Dispatches.
- Former Advisor to Sunday Times (solicitor, Sean McTiernan) on libel matters.
- Advising various National and local politicians on libel and issues relating to Election Campaigns.
- Advising Police Forces. Including the Metropolitan Police on Data Protection, CCTV and Privacy.
- Advising forensic internet company, DataSec on Data Protection issues.
- Advised heir to Tetra Pak fortune, Hans Kristian Rausing, in relation to his potential defamation action against the Evening Standard.
- Advised Government of Slovakia on Criminal Justice, Human Rights policy. (Jaroslav Volf ) 1998
- Advisor to Cambodian Government on War Crimes Trials. (Cambodian Embassy) 2000. Advised, Om Yentieng, Advisor to the Cambodian Prime Minister and President of the Cambodian Human Rights Committee, Phenom Penh.
- Drafted advice re Bill of Rights in Nepal (Statute Law Revision Committee) 2002.
- Represented Spanish Defendant in Madrid on Money Laundering Allegations. R v Perez. (instructed by Fernandez De La Riva, Madrid.) 2005-2006.
- Re CRIPPEN; To overturn the conviction of Hawley Harvey Crippen following the discovery of new DNA evidence.
- Re Danny Burns ex parte Woolwich Crown Court. Law Society Gazette. January 10th 2010 at page 15, on Wednesbury unreasonable bail refusals.
- Re Exeter Crown Court, two hearings on Section 101 of the Magistrates Courts Act 1980, reverse persuasive burdens of proof for exceptions to summary offences.
- Re Northern Rock, hearing concerning the valuation of Shares pursuant to Article 1 Protocol 1, right to property, on behalf of the Shareholders Action Group.
- Re Biddiss, a hearing which determined the legality of MOD redundancy procedures in relation to members of the Armed Forces.
- See also, John Cooper’s publication for Sweet and Maxwell, ‘Judicial Review from the Magistrates Court’, published in 1999.
- Re Geoff Gray, a hearing into the Deepcut deaths