John Carson

Director

John Carson

Director

Having worked in criminal law for over 19 years I have built a reputation as a fearless, calm and assured leading criminal lawyer for individuals and companies.

For a number of years, I was employed at an award-winning defence barrister’s chambers (25 Bedford Row). Working alongside some of the most respected defence barristers in the country has allowed me to establish myself as one of the U. K’s leading criminal lawyers.

My experience in delivering my client’s needs has set a bench mark for Carson Kaye. I am tactically aware of what each individual client requires having advised in some of the largest and most complex cases to have been prosecuted in the United Kingdom.

I am regularly instructed by clients faced with prosecution by the National Crime Agency, HMRC, Serious Fraud Office, FCA and Environment Agency.

I am also instructed in Miscarriage of Justice cases and acted on the leading authorities to come before the Court Of Appeal.

I am prepared from the outset for what lies ahead, I am pro-active in pre-charge representation and take a well-balanced and measured approach to ensuring that my clients receive the right advice for each individual case.

In all cases I will head a team of qualified solicitors and paralegals to ensure that the evidence in the case is thoroughly analysed and broken down.

I have acted for well-known public figures, professional footballers, actors and high net-worth individuals.

I am a registered intermediate with the F.A, advising professional footballers and act as an agent to players.

Recent Cases

Fraud and Financial Crime

R v D, Snaresbrook Crown Court 2019

Carson Kaye is instructed to defend in a multi-handed, complex and sophisticated fraud relating to property letting agents.

R v D, Southwark Crown Court 2019

Carson Kaye is instructed to defend in a multi-handed, long-running boiler room fraud pertaining to diamond investments and to the value of several million pounds.

R v R, Wood Green Crown Court 2019

Carson Kaye is instructed to defend in a multi-handed, niche fraud pertaining to the sale of kerosene based road fuel and avoidance of excise duty. The case required an expert understanding of the Common Law’s position on revenue law.

R v M, Luton Crown Court 2019

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend one of the two accused in a well-publicised, high value insurance and mortgage fraud pertaining to the staging of a burglary. The case featured on Channel 4’s ’24 Hours in Police Custody’, and we were able to secure an acquittal running a cutthroat defence following a lengthy Trial.

R v E, Southwark Crown Court 2018

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend in a case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority with a series of boiler room frauds. In the face of significant evidence we advised our client properly and at an early stage so that when he was sentenced he received a considerably lesser sentence than his co-defendants.

Serious Drug Offences

R v G, Southwark Crown Court 2019

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend in the accusation of a sophisticated and sustained conspiracy to supply class A drugs to the ‘London Elite’. The case garnered significant media attention.

R v B, Southwark Crown Court

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend one of the four individuals charged with a conspiracy to import and supply in excess of 150 kilos of Cocaine, to the value of £7 million. The drugs were imported via a modified helicopter designed to conceal the drugs. We successfully submitted arguments relating to abuse of process committed by the Police and CPS, and a basis of plea was eventually agreed limiting our client’s sentence.

R v KS, Luton Crown Court 2018

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend in a case which involved rival gangs fighting, in what the police described as, a ‘drugs war’.

R v B, Kingston upon Thames Crown Court 2018

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend in a case containing a multi-jurisdictional organised crime network involved in the supply of drugs, whereby our client was believed to play a leading role. The case contained over 100,000 pages of evidence, and is currently undergoing its third re-Trial.

R v S, Derby Crown Court 2018

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend in a case brought by the National Crime Agency. The allegation concerned defendants supplying class A drugs on an industrial scale nationally.

R v W, Kingston upon Thames Crown Court 2018

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend in a National Crime Agency prosecuted case concerning the supply of Cannabis oil through the relatively unexplored medium of ‘Vape Pens’. Evidence was further adduced from the Dark Web, requiring expert understanding and analysis. Following complex arguments, the Prosecution were convinced to drop the supply element, and our client entered Guilty pleas to simple possession.

Other Serious Criminal Cases

R v P, Worcester Crown Court 2019

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend in a well-publicised and seminal case involving the use of acid as a weapon in an attack on the defendant’s child. The Trial concluded in February 2019.

R v B, Guildford Crown Court 2019

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend in a joint enterprise Aggravated Burglary prosecution where our client was alleged to be the getaway driver. Using our specialist knowledge in the interpretation of mobile phone cell site evidence, we were able to contest our client’s location at the time of the commission of the offence, leading to a not guilty verdict.

R v BAA, Central Criminal Court 2019

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend in a joint enterprise Attempted Murder prosecution, pertaining to a shooting at point blank range and in broad daylight. Our client was alleged to have blocked traffic to assist the getaway. Following detailed analysis of over 30,000 pages of telephone evidence, we were able to successfully argue the absence of any collusion and return a not guilty verdict.

R v M, Preston Crown Court

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend in a high profile European Arrest Warrant-backed extradition and Assault Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm matter, stemming from the violent disorder at the Liverpool v Roma Champions League game in 2018. Given the publicity and sensitivity of the offence, the case required a more careful approach than most in drafting and submitting a basis of plea. We were able to deliver and fair and considered sentence of 3 years and 6 months’ imprisonment for our client.

R v W, Central Criminal Court 2019

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend in a Murder case pertaining to a stabbing on a busy high street in the middle of the day. Arguing self-defence, we successfully obtained a not guilty verdict, and the client was convicted of the alternative and lesser offence of manslaughter.

R v A, Central Criminal Court 2019

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend in a complex Murder prosecution, whereby the client had previously already entered a guilty plea. Drawing on expert opinion as to the client’s capacity to plead, we successfully vacated that plea and returned a not guilty verdict at Trial. The client was convicted of the lesser offence of Manslaughter.

R v R, Guildford Crown Court 2019 Manslaughter

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend in a sensitive Manslaughter prosecution, pertaining to the death of the victim occurring as a result of a single blow. Following a difficult and lengthy Trial, we successfully returned a not guilty verdict for our client.

R v H & Others

Carson Kaye were instructed to defend on a niche Manslaughter prosecution pertaining to the supply of Dinitrophenol, an illegal diet pill, the consumption of which lead to the death of the victim. Arguing a cutthroat defence and analysing evidence referencing the ‘Dark Web’ in detail, we successfully distanced our client from any involvement in the supply of the drug and returned a not guilty verdict.

R v AI, Birmingham Crown Court 2018

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend in the first prosecution of a British national under the Modern Slavery Act after allegedly being involved in the trafficking of victims from Nigeria to Europe. We successfully navigated a delicate and complex case to secure a not guilty verdict, despite the conviction of our co-defendant. The case now sets legal precedent relating to sentencing guidelines for offences under the 2015 Act.

R v S, Aylesbury Crown Court 2018

Carson Kaye was instructed to defend in a case pertaining to the trafficking of thirteen non-EU nationals into the UK. Drawing on complex case law, we were able to secure a sentence of less than half of the maximum as defined on the Sentencing Guidelines, despite the absence of any credit and the presence of similar previous convictions.