Year of call 1987
John Buck specializes primarily in family and public law, having had a broad background in criminal and civil litigation, the latter ranging from residential landlord and tenant disputes, professional and clinical negligence and Inheritance Act claims. He is instructed in cases against the police.
His public law practice encompasses Care Proceedings and Court of Protection work. His Private Client work includes Trusts of Land and Financial Remedies, Wills and Probate as well as cases with an international element such as leave to remove and child abduction.
Regularly instructed on behalf of Local Authorities, parents, grandparents and Guardians, often representing those with severe and unusual personality disorders or those accused of or who are the victims of the most serious violence. Have appeared in all courts to Court of Appeal level. In 2011 he represented a grandfather in a 10-day fact finding accused of the serial rape of his daughter (when a minor) and the grooming of his grandchildren, and the keeping of bestial pornography at the highest end of the scale. In subsequent criminal proceedings on conviction he was sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment.
Represented parties in the County Court and the High Court in applications to remove chidlren to Scotland, Japan, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Australia; also in child abduction cases, on one occasion representing a young mother whose own mother had abducted her child to the Phillipines.
Regularly instructed in the County Court and High Court in private Children Act, TOLATA, financial remedies claims, Wills and Probate. Recently appeared in the Court of Appeal for a Direct Access client in her appeal against a refusal to award her spousal maintenance. Gave seminar on pensions in financial remedies claims, which was published and widely distributed by an association of actuaries.
Experienced in judicial review especially of local authorities in cases involving provision of services to children in care and in housing and homelessness cases.
Considerable experience in civil jury actions, usually against the police, triable in the County Court by a civil jury of 8. Successfully prosecuted a senior court bailiff form his assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution of the husband of a person whose house he was repossessing, obtaining compensation for personal and psychiatric injury (re-activation of a bi-polar disorder). Successfully prosecuted the Sussex police for their negligent bailment of a flock of sheep. Recently involved in an extremely high-profile case against the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.