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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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)