Areas of law:
Advisory & Consultancy Work, Appeals Against Conviction and Sentence, Assault and Offences Against the Person, Civil Asset Recovery and Forfeiture, Drug Trafficking and Other Drug Offences, Firearm Offences, Fraud and Financial Crime, Homicide, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Internet Law and Computer Crime, Military Law, Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and Confiscation, Motoring Offences, Private Prosecutions, Regulatory Law, Robbery, Burglary, Theft and Handling
John is a Barrister and team leader based at our Chambers’ Milton Keynes office. He has gained extensive experience at the Criminal Bar, defending clients in many serious cases in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal Criminal Division; and covering a wide range of offences.
He successfully defended in one of the longest VAT (Missing Trader or “MTIC”) frauds to be heard at the Central Criminal Court, successfully defended the deliberate destruction by fire of a school in Sussex resulting in £25m damage, and has been involved in defending numerous high profile murders, serious sexual assaults, and large scale drug importations; as well as having defended in many cases involving the importation, supply, manufacture, and cultivation of controlled drugs.
John is highly regarded by those who instruct him, and accepts instructions in all criminal offences and corporate fraud.
His command of criminal law and his wide ranging practice are also utilised in the training and development of the careers of many of our in-house pupil barristers, who are able to benefit from his mentoring.
In accordance with the Solicitors’ Regulatory Transparency Rules for motoring offences we confirm that John Lamb charges Level A hourly rates.
Member of Criminal Bar Association
In 2005, John was co-author of Blackstones’ Guide to the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004, including writing the chapters on the then newly created offence of “Causing or Allowing the death of a Child or Vulnerable Adult”, and consequent changes to established laws of evidence and procedure.
R v H Successfully defended juvenile charged with murder involving gang attack with weapons of householder on his doorstep. Case turned on the reliability of identification of the Defendant at the scene. Led junior.
R V RP Successfully defended in high profile murder allegation involving stabbing at a pre-arranged fight between 2 groups of young men. Juvenile acquitted of murder convicted of manslaughter. Led junior.
Successfully defended boyfriend accused of kidnapping, falsely imprisoning and raping ex-girlfriend over several days.
R V B Successfully defended man accused of being knowingly involved in the supply of cocaine by the importation of industrial quantities of 'legal' cutting agents.
R V Patima (Abdullah)  Crim 1512. Successfully challenged the imposition of detention for public protection, with a minimum term of 3 years, for serious offences of kidnap and false imprisonment.
R v CB Successfully defended substantial VAT (missing trader) fraud lasting 9 months at the Old Bailey.
R V SAM Successfully defended woman accused of conspiring to commit fraud involving the removal of funds from legitimate bank accounts by bank employee.
R V G Defending in case involving the fraudulent acquisition of funds from accounts by branch manager of high street bank.
R V V Defended in substantial Gift Aid fraud.