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John Paul Cregan

Call 1990 | Barrister


“Outstanding” barrister John Paul is highly regarded for his professionalism in cases with sensitive

John Paul has extensive experience across a broad range of cases in private law proceedings
representing parents and children. He specialises in complex matters involving parental alienation
and high conflict and intractable disputes which often involve cross-allegations of psychological and
domestically abusive behaviours requiring a fact find hearing.

An experienced and adept trial advocate, he is effective in presenting and pursuing his client’s case.
John Paul is accessible, approachable, and happy to advise both lay and professional clients. He
particularly welcomes being consulted early in proceedings to guide clients through all stages of what
is often a stressful and anxiety-provoking process. His strength is to identify the real issues and to
focus on and highlight these avoiding becoming caught up in tactical distractions. John Paul’s calm,
sensible and courteous but determined manner is widely regarded and appreciated by judges he
appears before.


John Paul Cregan has practised exclusively in family law throughout his career spanning
private law, public law, and financial remedies.

Specialising in complex high conflict private law intractable disputes particularly involving
child arrangements and relocation, John Paul is skilled in getting to grips with and handling
cases where there is a complex history of previous proceedings, cross-allegations, parental
alienation, hostility, and obstruction.

He is frequently instructed by the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) and Rule 16.4
Guardians to represent children who are joined as parties in protracted private law
proceedings which feature a range of contentious issues especially allegations of coercive
and controlling behaviour.

Recent cases include:

• 11-day fact-finding in a private law dispute where child joined as a party involving
cross allegations of alienation and sexual abusive behaviours.
• 5-day fact-finding hearing in a private law case involving cross-allegations made by
the parents of physical abuse, parental alienation mental health issues.
• 6-day fact-finding hearing in private law proceedings involving cross allegations of
coercive controlling behaviour physical and emotional abuse and alienation.
• Successfully argued to reopen previous findings made in a private law matter within
subsequent proceedings.
• 4-day final hearing representing grandparents seeking a child arrangements order in
the face of implacable opposition from the mother.
• Frequently represents parents in private law cases where issues of mental health and
or alcohol misuse raised to obstruct or impede time spent arrangements.
John Paul is also instructed in international child abduction matters.
John Paul’s work representing parents and children in public law proceedings includes
serious cases involving complex physical and emotional issues. His wide experience enables
him to manage voluminous papers, cut through significant police and medical disclosure and
identify the core evidence required to present and make a successful case for his client.

He welcomes instructions for these cases through the Direct Access Scheme.
John Paul frequently speaks at conferences such as:

• Coram Conference 2023
• More recently delivered webinar on coercive and controlling behaviour to Gordon +
Slater, Pennington Manches Cooper.
• He also regularly writes case summaries for Family Law Weekly

Practice Areas

Private Law Children

Finance and Private Client

Public Law Children

Education and Professional Memberships

BCL University College, Cork, Ireland 

MA Text and Performance Studies, RADA, London 

Called to the Irish Bar at King’s Inns, Dublin

Family Law Bar Association 

Middle Temple 


A Father who wrote to John Paul to thank him for his representation in a Children’s Private Law case. “Firstly, I wanted to email anyway to say thank you so much. Far be it from me to be able to judge you! But I did think you were superb, and I am genuinely very grateful for that”. 

The client (a mother) and the client’s relative wrote to thank John Paul “for the very professional way you worked X’s case with its many delicate issues …thank you for your excellent work and strong efforts of achievement throughout the whole day and beyond usual court functioning time…“. The client’s relative noted that through John Paul’s efforts, the mother was allowed to continue to exercise her parental responsibility to her children through contact, contact that had been interrupted and sporadic for years until John Paul’s representation of the mother at court.

A solicitor who wrote to John Paul to thank him for his representation on behalf of a client seeking a private law order saying “the client was very happy and said you were outstanding”.