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John Lamb

Criminal Litigation / Financial Crime / Regulatory Law

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Qualifying as a barrister in 1990, John has experience in all aspects of criminal litigation. Protecting clients’ interests in connection with investigations and prosecutions conducted by amongst others the National Crime Agency (NCA), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

John enjoyed a successful career at the independent bar for over 20 years and has defended clients charged with the most serious criminal offences. His practice involved defending cases across the criminal spectrum, including large-scale fraud, money laundering, and white-collar crime. He headed the Crown Court Team at a large and successful practice based in Oxford covering cases nationwide, particularly in the Southeast and Thames Valley.

He joined the criminal litigation team at RFB in September 2023. He brings to the team an unrivalled appreciation of the workings of the criminal justice system, a forensic approach to our caseload, and the ability to offer a first-class service to all our clients.


  • Pupil Supervisor
  • Member of CBA
  • Member South-Eastern Circuit
  • John co-authored the Blackstone Guide to the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.


R v B & Others – Successfully defended lengthy ‘missing-trader’ fraud at Central Criminal Court.

R v OV & Others – Defended in substantial ‘gift-aid’ fraud at Southwark Crown Court. Confiscation proceedings

R v CG & Others – Defending case brought following Operation Delorean. Money laundering offences. Confiscation.

R V SR & Others Southwark Crown Court – Defending in large and sophisticated ‘boiler-room’ fraud. Confiscation proceedings.

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