Details of practice

John Greany is instructed in a range of serious criminal, disciplinary, and regulatory cases. Much of his recent criminal work has involved complex cases of fraud, bribery, and money laundering. John is instructed in cases involving the Ministry of Defence and specialist units of HM Armed Forces; he is a level 3 CPS prosecutor with DV clearance. He also represents professionals and police officers facing criminal, regulatory or disciplinary sanctions as part of his wider defence practice.


John Greany prosecutes and defends in a wide range of serious criminal cases. He is regularly instructed by the CPS specialist fraud division in cases of fraud, bribery and money laundering. He defends in the full range of general criminal proceedings, including cases of alleged violence, dishonesty and sexual offending.

Licensing and disciplinary

John has wide ranging experience as an advocate in the field of regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, representing both regulators and registrants. He is a member of the Three Raymond Buildings disciplinary and regulatory practice group.

John is well-versed in the legal principles underpinning healthcare regulatory work; he has provided training to the General Optical Council (GOC) in relation to expert evidence in regulatory health care proceedings. He is a member of the panel of advocates trained by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

John has developed wider regulatory experience outside the healthcare sector. He has presented cases on behalf of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and has acted for registrants before the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

He is also instructed in police disciplinary proceedings involving allegations of misconduct and gross misconduct.

First Tier tax tribunal

John accepts instructions in the first tier tax tribunal and has acted for individuals who are trying to negotiate settlements with HMRC. He has appeared in fully contested hearings and has also assisted in negotiated settlements for direct access clients.


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.