John McNamara

Barrister, 5 St Andrew's Hill
John McNamara is a barrister at 5 St. Andrew’s Hill specialising in corporate and financial crime, as well as proceeds of crime act proceedings including confiscation, cash forfeiture and account freezing and forfeiture. 

John prosecutes and defends in serious and complex financial cases. He has advised individuals and businesses at the early stages of proceedings. He is regularly instructed by law enforcement including the CPS, Metropolitan Police, National Crime Agency and HMRC to restrain, seize or forfeit the proceeds of crime.

John has been instructed in cases concerning individuals being investigated by the FCA and the Department of Justice (DOJ). He has advised in an alleged fraud committed by an executive officer of a FTSE 100 company.

During his time as a paralegal John was part of part of the team who represented the first LIBOR trader to be exonerated by the FCA's Regulatory Decisions Committee.

 John has presented on a number of topics including private prosecutions, account freezing and forfeiture orders and disclosure in complex fraud cases.

Practice areas


  • Criminal Bar Association (Executive Member)
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • London Irish Lawyers Association


  • Case Analysis Panel
  • Contributing Author


  • BPTC, BPP Law School (2013)
  • GDL, BPP Law School (2012)
  • History (B.A. Hons), The University of Warwick (2011)

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