John Traversi is an established criminal law practitioner, defending and prosecuting in a wide range of cases. He has defended in high level drugs conspiracies, human trafficking cases, fraud and revenue cases, murders and serious violence and sexual offending.
His cases have often involved a transnational element, where his language skills have been of particular use. In March 2021 he was co-author with Steven Kay QC of “Kazakhstan: Questions About Government, Justice & International Arbitrations”, which also examines the response of the Republic of Kazakhstan to adverse decisions made against it in international arbitral proceedings. In May 2021 he was part of the 9BR international team that produced A Report on the Lundin Case commissioned by the Board of Directors for Lundin Energy.
Background and expertise
He has often been asked to advise on proceedings abroad by UK nationals who have found themselves in trouble in other civil law jurisdictions.
He is a grade 4 prosecutor, on the serious crime and fraud panels.
Universal jurisdiction proceedings in Sweden alleging war crimes committed in Sudan 1997-2003 against Lundin Oil Company, its Chairman and CEO. The matter is currently at the investigation stage. https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/swedish-prosecutors-to-question-lundin-petroleums-ceo-for-companys-possible-complicity-in-south-sudan-war-crimes-company-comments
Prosecuted two defendants charged with modern day slavery, assault and drugs offences. Following a two week trial defendants were sentenced to 17 and 12 years imprisonment. Isleworth Crown Court.
News report here.
Prosecuted a child rape case
Prosecuted 6 handed violent disorder
Prosecuted class A cuckooing/county line case
Prosecuted historic allegations of child abuse going back many years
Prosecuted theft of £500,000 inheritance
Prosecuted serious firearms and drug dealing conspiracies
Prosecuted rape allegations, 4 day disclosure hearing
Defended blackmail of business man
Prosecuted multi handed £1,000,000 credit card conspiracy.
Defended multi-handed class A supply conspiracy
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Other Activities and Interests
- Oral trials in Mexico 2006 – 2008 training judges and lawyers in Mexico on oral trial techniques.
- Jury trials in Kazakhstan 2006 – training judges and lawyers in jury trial techniques
- Admitted to list of defence counsel at ICC and STL
- Spanish - Fluent
Italian - Good
French – Good
PROFILE: John Traversi
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
Regulatory / Disciplinary
020 7489 2727
MA Modern Languages and History, University of Oxford
South Eastern Circuit
Criminal Bar Association
Appointed to list of defence counsel at:
International Criminal Court
Special Tribunal for Lebanon
International Tribunal for Rwanda
CPS Panel (Grade 4)
CPS Serious Crime Panel (Grade 4)
CPS Fraud Panel (Grade 4)