Details of practice

John has a broad practice across areas of chambers’ expertise.


John has represented defendants in cases of serious violence, people trafficking, rape, armed robbery, blackmail, firearms, drugs, fraud and historic sex abuse. He prosecutes for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and other agencies. He has been instructed as junior counsel in complex fraud cases brought by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, HMRC and the CPS.

John appears in the Magistrates’ Court and will consider accepting instructions in summary trials on a direct access basis. He has recently represented:

  • A businessman accused of racially aggravated public order offences following a road rage incident. This defendant was acquitted.
  • A police officer charged with driving offences following a high speed collision; the prosecution case was dismissed at half time.
  • A trainee architect charged with racially aggravated assault. This defendant was acquitted.
  • A relative of a premier league footballer accused of improper sale of football tickets. The prosecution evidence was inadmissible and the case discontinued.
  • A police officer who pleaded guilty to obtaining confidential information from the police national computer; she received a community order.
  • A businessman accused of domestic violence against his wife. This defendant was acquitted.
  • An employee of a property management company accused of theft in breach of trust by a stockbroker; the prosecution case was dismissed at half time.

Licensing and disciplinary

John acts for a wide range of professionals and companies in licensing and disciplinary cases. He is one of a small number of barristers with recent experience of architects’ disciplinary proceedings, and is familiar with the regulations applicable to hearings before the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).  He acts for bars, clubs and licensees before licensing sub-committees and on appeal.


John appears for the defence in the Magistrates’ Court and in the Administrative Court on appeal.

Education/professional qualifications

Bar Professional Training Course, BPP London, (Outstanding; first in advocacy; first in criminal litigation and procedure)

Graduate Diploma in Law, (Distinction)

Middle Temple Certificate of Honour for results in Bar finals

Middle Temple Diplock Scholarship

The Queen’s College, Oxford University (MA)

The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst

The Defence School of Languages, Advanced Arabic (first in year)

The School of Oriental and African Studies (MSc)

Other information

John served as a reconnaissance officer in the British army and subsequently in the NGO sector. Before being called to the Bar he worked in the UK, Canada, Iraq, Jordan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Colombia, Argentina, and Guatemala.



Direct access

John Greany is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to him. In addition he welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.

For further information please contact our Clerks.