Called 2006
John Craggs ACA
Areas of expertise

LLB (Europe) with French Law/Language - Nottingham Law School

Bar Vocational Course - Nottingham Law School

Licence en Droit - Université de Montpellier 1, France

Other Qualifications

ACA Chartered Accountant - ICAEW



John read Law with French and spent a year living in Montpellier as part of his undergraduate degree. He was called to the Bar in 2006 and immediately commenced practice, spending time in Chambers in London and also in Jersey. He spent six years in practice, predominantly in Chancery, Commercial and Civil Litigation, Insolvency and Housing matters, appearing in both the County and High Courts on numerous occasions.

John is a dual-qualified Barrister and Chartered Accountant. From 2012, in between stints in legal practice, he spent five years working for two of the big four professional services firms (Deloitte and PwC), initially within Corporate and Personal Tax and later in Risk Assurance. He was admitted as an ICAEW-regulated Chartered Accountant in 2016, a role in which he remains accredited.

In these roles, John experienced a wide variety of industry sectors including healthcare, insurance, housing, policing, automotive and banking. This combination of significant legal and commercial experience affords him the rare ability of providing commercially realistic, practical and understandable advice, whilst being mindful of the legalities surrounding these.

He has gained significant experience as a trial advocate and is adept at building and maintaining relationships with instructing solicitors. He is equally skilled at client care, being able to relate to and put at ease those whom he represents.

John remains fluent in French and attempts to use this when he can. He also has a good knowledge of German. He is a keen musician, primarily as a pianist. In a former life he played cocktail piano in various venues in Newcastle. He also plays guitar, piano and sings in a function band, gigging regularly across the north-east.

He enjoys spending time with his young and extended family, and is a keen sportsman, including football, cricket, swimming, running and skiing. 



Chancery and Commercial litigation

John has acted in a range of commercial disputes, as well as property matters (mortgage and landlord and tenant) and insolvency. In this area, attention to detail is essential, combined with an ability to offer succinct, understandable and realistic advice. This allows him to provide a high quality and effective service to clients.

Tax and VAT

John spent over 3 years working in tax compliance and advisory services within the big four, also gaining exposure to high value tax and VAT litigation. Being dual qualified, he is in the unique position of being able to offer insight into tax matters from both a legal and commercial standpoint. He is one of the very few Barristers in the country to hold both qualifications, the combination of which is almost non-existent outside of London. He has accepted instructions in both Tax and VAT Tribunals as well as providing advisory services in respect of both.


John has acted on behalf of employers and employees in the First and Upper Tier Employment Tribunals, and have been instructed in numerous Immigration appeals, again in both the First and Upper Tier Tribunals.

Family law

John has extensive experience in all areas of family practice, including publicly funded care proceedings and Financial Remedy matters. In matters of finance, his accountancy qualification and financial experience assist in his analysis and assimilation of the relevant information and putting forward the best interests of his clients.


John has represented numerous clients in Crown Court matters, as well as in the Court of Appeal. His experience includes lengthy and multi-handed jury trials and applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. In the latter, and in general financial crime and matters of fraud, his financial background and qualifications have been of immeasurable value in interpreting information and its subsequent analysis and application in court.


Advisory work


John has a significant written practice, advising regularly on the merits of cases, producing opinions on merits and quantum and drafting pleadings.

This wide exposure to other areas of law means that he is adaptable to the receipt of instructions in numerous fields and is adept at grasping the complexities presented by them in a very short time frame.