John specialises in the defence of corporate criminal prosecutions raised in Scotland by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

A Criminal Solicitor Advocate with over 25 years' experience in criminal litigation, John advises on, prepares and presents the defence of prosecutions brought against his clients following investigations by Police Scotland (Economic Crime Unit), the Financial Conduct Authority, the Health and Safety Executive, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, the Food Standards Agency, Forestry Commission, HMRC and DVSA, among other regulatory bodies. He will defend clients from the initial point of contact with investigators through to the conclusion of any hearing in court.

John was named Lawyer of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2016, and his work contributed to MacRoberts being shortlisted for Commercial Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2016.

He is former President of the Glasgow Bar Association and tutors in Advanced Criminal Litigation at the University of Glasgow. He is also a member of the White Collar Crime Committee of the American Bar Association.

  • 'John McGovern provided sound, commercially focused and realistic advice in a potentially difficult situation.'

    Legal 500
  • "John is particularly strong in winning the trust and respect of all those people he has worked for, and his overall quality of work cannot be faulted."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "John McGovern was the ultimate professional, providing excellent communication and exemplary knowledge achieving the all important desired outcome. I would not hesitate a second to recommend John to any prospective client."

  • "John McGovern is unequalled in his ability to combine extensive knowledge of his particular legal specialisms with outstanding people skills."


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