John Traversi

Introduction

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.

Notable cases

R v P, 2019

Prosecuted a child rape case

R v A and others, 2019

Prosecuted 6 handed violent disorder

R v G and others, 2019

Prosecuted class A cuckooing/county line case

R v A, 2018

Prosecuted historic allegations of child abuse going back many years

R v S and J. 2018

Prosecuted theft of £500,000 inheritance

R v S, L and F, 2018

Prosecuted serious firearms and drug dealing conspiracies

R v Z, 2018

Prosecuted rape allegations, 4 day disclosure hearing

R v D, 2017

Defended blackmail of business man

R v F and others, 2017

Prosecuted multi handed £1,000,000 credit card conspiracy.

R v O, 2017

Defended multi-handed class A supply conspiracy

R v Binford Ltd

Defending in Isle of Man pharmaceutical fraud case.

R v Doran

Prosecuted ‘sex romp’ murder.

R v Fleming and others

Defending in four-month duty evasion trial.

R (ex parte Corbett) v Secretary of State for Justice and National Offender Management Service
Challenging the imposition of a “polygraph test” as a condition on release from prison of a sex offender.
R v Ibanez Cantero

Importation of 77kg of cocaine.

R v Julkowski

Defended allegation of marital rape over 20 years. Origins of complaint in Poland and evidence taken from there.

R v Sanchez Gonzalez

Importation of 100kg of cocaine.

R v Castro Peitado

Possession with intent to supply 44kg of cocaine.

R v K and L and others

Defending in a case of human trafficking for sexual purposes, one of the first such cases involving eastern European defendants.

R v C and others

Prosecuted solicitors’ office manager over a £6m mortgage fraud. Extensive Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings seeking a £10m benefit order.

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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

Languages

  • Spanish - Fluent
    Italian - Good
    French – Good
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PROFILE: John Traversi

A committed, painstaking professional, who identifies the issues and finds the way through the evidential forest.

Year called

1977

Specialisms

Crime

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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Serious Crime

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Sexual offences

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Terrorism

Disciplinary

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Regulatory / Disciplinary

International

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International

Military

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Military

Road Traffic

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Road traffic

Direct access

Yes

Contact

020 7489 2727

Education

MA Modern Languages and History, University of Oxford

Downside School

Memberships

South Eastern Circuit

Criminal Bar Association

Appointments

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)

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