Introduction John-Paul was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 2008 and cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2011. He worked for many years for a Top 100 Law firm and was eventually promoted to partner and Head of Crown Court Advocacy, before moving to GT Stewart Solicitors and Advocates in 2017. He has appeared in the Crown Court as Leading Junior, Led Junior and Junior alone and has advocated extensively in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). He has represented defendants for offences ranging from intercontinental drug importation to kidnap and murder. He completed his vulnerable witness training with the Law Society and is well known in London courts for his measured style of advocacy and tenacious closing speeches. J-P was shortlisted in the 2015 and 2016 Law Society Excellence Awards in the category of "Solicitor Advocate of the Year". In the 2016 shortlist the Judges' panel, described him as "having developed a reputation as a leading advocate - particularly in cross-examination of expert witnesses". At GT Stewart he was a prominent member of their Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners ranked crime teams and won the "Lawyer of the Year Award" with the Surrey Law Society in 2019. J-P is currently a lecturer at City University (formerly the Inns of Court School of Law) and teaches on the Bar Vocational Studies course. He also lectures pupils at Middle Temple and is an experienced defence practitioner.