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John Downes Senior Associate, Criminal Defence

Experience Profile

John is a Criminal Defence Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.

He was a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Service for 13 years before he retrained as a lawyer.

This places him as an expert when it comes to handling criminal defence cases for serving police officers.

He has substantial experience of serious criminal and misconduct proceedings and with representing clients following investigations by the IOPC.

He also regularly gives lectures to university students undertaking policing studies and related degrees and to Police Federation members on various aspects of criminal law as well as police misconduct.

John has represented clients in some of the most high profile cases involving the police. These include the IOPC investigation into the Hillsborough disaster, Operation Elvenden, where police officers were alleged to have sold stories to the press and 'Plebgate' where John represented the principal officer following his interaction with Mr Andrew Mitchell MP.

In addition to criminal and police misconduct cases, John has extensive experience representing clients involved in inquest proceedings.


Career history

  • Since 2005 Slater and Gordon