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John Cooper QC

Call 1985 • QC 2014

"Tenacious and dynamic." "He is a total warrior: if you have to fight for a client, John is the man you want on your side. He is committed to seeking the right result for his clients and thinks outside the box in everything he does."
(Chambers & Partners 2020)

Food Safety

Food Safety

John has represented a number of Food Business Operators in the past few years. In the All Bar One (Trial in July 2020), a number of fundamental issues as to the nature of the communication of ingredients on a cocktail list is to be determined. The three most recent cases are set out:

  • R v Poundworld – Croydon Crown Court – Company fined £1M for Food Safety and Health and Safety Offences
  • Exeter City Council v Mitchells & Butler – An outbreak of norovirus led to a prosecution of Mitchells and Butler. The Prosecution abandoned the case listed for trial at the Crown Court after a lengthy abuse of process skeleton argument was received. An agreed statement was drafted to explain that the Prosecution were unable to prove the outbreak related to a breach of duty of the company and their management of the outbreak was compliant with their legal obligations.
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council v All Bar One – Bristol Crown Court – Abuse and preparatory hearing arguments were conducted over three days in 2019. The Defendant is charged on an indictment containing 6 Counts. Counts 1, 3 and 5 concern allegations of placing unsafe food on the market contrary to Article 14 (1) of EU Regulation 178/2002 and Regulation 19 (1) and schedule 2 of the Food Safety Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 and Counts 2, 4 and 6 allege offences of publishing an advertisement which was likely to mislead as to the substance of food contrary to Section 15 (2) of the Food Safety Act 1990. The scope of the allegations is wide and concern what an FBO’s obligations are when providing food (here cocktails) in terms of communicating the ingredients of each cocktail.

Selected Cases

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Recommendations


“John is a doughty fighter and a great choice in arduous proceedings. He is a superb trial lawyer. Excellent on strategy and tactics. Formidable in the courtroom. Great in front of a jury. Also fiercely on the client’s side and an absolute pleasure to work with.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is no less than excellent. He is tenacious and exactly the sort of person you want to be instructing in a significant health and safety case.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“A superb trial lawyer, he is excellent on strategy and tactics, and fearless in the courtroom.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Tenacious and dynamic.”; “He is a total warrior: if you have to fight for a client, John is the man you want on your side. He is committed to seeking the right result for his clients and thinks outside the box in everything he does.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“…while John Cooper QC is also worthy of mention here for his meteoric rise through our health and safety rankings over three consecutive years.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

“He is able to instil confidence in the client by drawing on his vast experience of cases. He puts the client at ease and then in court has a very good manner with the judge. His arguments are clear, lucid and succinct.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

“An excellent advocate who commands respect.” “He is very good on environmental law, particularly major pollution incidents.”

Legal 500, 2017

“Great regulatory lawyer, who is a superb attack weapon. When you know you’re in a fight he’s your man”…..”He is an incredibly capable health and safety lawyer” who is “extremely tenacious and skilful.”

Chambers & Partners, 2017

“John Cooper QC is very tenacious and willing to fight a client’s corner.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“His elevation to QC status is much deserved. If you have a scrap on your hands, John Cooper is the man you’d want in your corner. He is also very commercial and good with clients.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“Tenacious and committed, no point is lost on him and his strategy is first class.”

Legal 500, 2016

“Tenacious, combative and not scared to take the judge on”, “a robust trial advocate and an aggressive litigator.”

Chambers & Partners, 2015


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