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John-Paul MacNamara


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John-Paul was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 2008 and cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2011. He worked for many years for a Top 100 Law firm and was eventually promoted to partner and Head of Crown Court Advocacy before moving to GT Stewart Solicitors and Advocates in 2017. He has appeared in the Crown Court as Leading Junior, Led Junior and Junior alone and has advocated extensively in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). He has represented defendants for offences ranging from intercontinental drug importation to kidnap and murder. He completed his vulnerable witness training with the Law Society and is well known in London courts for his measured style of advocacy and tenacious closing speeches.

J-P was shortlisted in the 2015 and 2016 Law Society Excellence Awards in the category of "Solicitor Advocate of the Year". In the 2016 shortlist the Judges' panel, described him as "having developed a reputation as a leading advocate - particularly in cross-examination of expert witnesses". At GT Stewart he was a prominent member of their Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners ranked crime teams, and won The "Lawyer of the Year Award" with the Surrey Law Society in 2019.

In January 2020 J-P joined the staff at the City Law School and is an advocacy tutor as well as a tutor on the Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing module of the Bar Vocational Studies course. J-P also lectures to Pupils at Middle Temple and having formally returned to the Bar, holds a door tenancy at 33 Bedford Row.


  1. Law LL.B., Kings College London, United Kingdom
  2. Law LL.M., University College London, United Kingdom
  3. Postgraduate Diploma in Law (BVC), City, University London, United Kingdom


  1. Door Tenant, 33 Bedford Row, Aug 2020 – present
  2. Lecturer, City, University London, Jan 2020 – present


Irish (can read, speak and understand spoken).