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John is an established criminal law practitioner, defending and prosecuting a wide range of cases. His defence practice focuses on cases with a transnational element – often with non-English-speaking clients. Cases may include drugs, revenue, and human trafficking allegations.
In the domestic context, he deals with fraud cases and has vast experience defending and prosecuting sexual allegations and cases involving serious violence, including murder.
Background and expertise
John Traversi has 40 years of experience defending in serious cases, including many with international dimensions. He has acted in large-scale drug smuggling and human trafficking cases.
He is sought after by clients who speak little English because of his linguistic skills; he is able to settle them in a foreign jurisdiction and deal with their frustrations and insecurities facing trial.
He is a Grade 4 prosecutor on the CPS rape, fraud and serious crime panels.
He has a good knowledge of civil law jurisdictions, and has been asked to advise on cases abroad by UK nationals who have found themselves in trouble in foreign jurisdictions.
He has been asked to address a variety of bodies on criminal law subjects, often with an emphasis on comparative law.
Defending in a case of human trafficking for sexual purposes, one of the first such cases involving eastern European defendants.
Prosecuted solicitors’ office manager over a £6m mortgage fraud. Extensive Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings seeking a £10m benefit order.
Defending in Isle of Man pharmaceutical fraud case.
Prosecuted ‘sex romp’ murder.
Defending in four-month duty evasion trial.
Importation of 77kg of cocaine.
Defended allegation of marital rape over 20 years. Origins of complaint in Poland and evidence taken from there.
Importation of 100kg of cocaine.
Possession with intent to supply 44kg of cocaine.
Other Activities and Interests
- Member of the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) delegation to Mexico.
- Contributor to BHRC-sponsored amicus submission to the Mexican Supreme Court, which resulted in a release from a 37-year sentence of a man convicted on wholly improper evidence.
TRAINING AND LECTURING
- Oral trials in Mexico, 2006–08
Preparation and training of Mexican judges, lawyers, police and investigators in respect of constitutional reforms which introduced oral trials in the Mexican Justice system. Under the auspices of the Foreign Office, the British Council and the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Penales (INACIPE)
- Training in Kazakhstan, 2006
Training judges and lawyers in jury trial techniques together with Steven Kay QC
- Lecturer, [year]
Lecturer on criminal investigation procedures in Europe, from the perspective of comparative law, at the Judicial College of the Spanish Consejo General del Poder Judicial in Barcelona
PROFILE: John Traversi
A committed, painstaking professional, who identifies the issues and finds the way through the evidential forest.
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
Regulatory / Disciplinary
020 7489 2727
MA Modern Languages and History, University of Oxford
Appointed to list of defence counsel at:
International Criminal Court
Special Tribunal for Lebanon
International Tribunal for Rwanda
CPS Panel (Grade 4) and Rape Panel
CPS Serious Crime Panel (Grade 4)
CPS Fraud Panel (Grade 4)