Our People John McGovern


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


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.

  • Legal Expertise
  • corporate defence
  • Health & Safety
  • Health & Safety for Individuals
  • Environmental