John Caudle

Year of Call: 1976  Recorder: 2000  


John Caudle has built up a practice involving all areas of criminal work and has considerable experience both of defending and prosecuting heavyweight cases.

John is regularly instructed as a Leading Junior both for the Defence and the Prosecution. As well as representing defendants accused of serious offences all over the country, he is regularly instructed by the prosecution in substantial and lengthy cases and is a member of the Attorney General’s ‘A’ List Panel of prosecuting Advocates. A large proportion of the cases he prosecutes involve complex and sensitive Ex Parte Public Interest Immunity Hearings.

John has recently been involved in a 4 month trial in Sheffield which reputedly concerned the largest drugs operation ever mounted in that area. Many of the drugs cases he has been instructed in have involved contested Confiscation Hearings at the conclusion of the trial.

John also represents the Bar Council in relation to Professional Conduct matters and is the Bar’s representative on the Essex Criminal Justice Strategy Committee.



  • R v David Martin: Attempted Murder, Robbery, Escape and various other violent offences. The case gained additional notoriety when the police shot Steven Waldorf, mistaking him for David Martin who was then at large.
  • R v Stockwell: Leading case on Facial Mapping.
  • R v Spalding: Reputedly one of the largest drugs operations mounted in that area. Involved substantial argument over police Covert Tape Recordings.
  • R v Jarrett & Others: Customs & Excise smuggling prosecution.
  • R v Jelbart & Others: Large scale conspiracy to supply Class ‘A’ Drugs involving Covert Tape Recordings.
  • R v Brock & Wyner: Case better known as the prosecution of ‘The Cambridge Two.’



  • R v Powell: Substantial Customs & Excise case involving container lorry loads of cigarettes.

Murder & Manslaughter


  • R v Saunders: Shooting during alleged feud between families in the ‘Travelling’ Community.
  • R v Salmon: Planned murder by wife of her ex-husband.
  • R v Pierce & Walsh: Revenge attack by ex-girlfriend.
  • R v Carroll & Others: Murder of a Chinese student by a night club doorman.
  • R v Hui & 25 Others: Triad execution which took place in Colchester.
  • R v Blake & O’Dell: Alleged Gangland Execution.
  • R v Redhead: Headless corpse case in which the singer Gabrielle was called as a witness.


  • South Eastern Circuit