Details of practice

John has a broad practice across several areas of chambers’ expertise. He deals with a wide range of criminal, disciplinary and regulatory cases; he also accepts instructions in standard track cases in the first tier tax tribunal.


John represents defendants charged with serious offences including fraud, blackmail, rape, historic sex offences and violent crime. He has represented companies and individuals facing prosecution by regulatory and local authorities in the criminal courts.  John has prosecuted cases for the CPS, HMRC, the Insolvency Service, and the Security Industry Authority; he has recently been instructed as junior counsel for the Crown in a number of complex fraud cases and has experience of confiscation and cash forfeiture proceedings.

Licensing and disciplinary

John acts for 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).

First Tier tax tribunal

John accepts instructions in the first tier tax tribunal and has acted for individuals trying to negotiate settlements with HMRC. He recently represented solicitors said to have deliberately avoided paying a substantial amount of tax.


Education/professional qualifications

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

Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)

Middle Temple Diplock Scholarship

The Queen’s College, Oxford University (MA)

The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst

The Defence School of Languages, Advanced Arabic

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.