Introduction

John has a first class degree from the University of Cambridge. He achieved an Outstanding at Bar School and a Distinction for the GDL. He has won numerous scholarships and awards, including the Louis Gluckstein Advocacy Prize.

Before coming to the Bar, John worked as a Church of England minster. He became accomplished at public speaking in a variety of settings, such as weddings, funerals, assemblies and Sunday services.  He now brings this wealth of experience to his courtroom advocacy.

John is able to assist at an early stage of proceedings by providing advice and drafting letters before claim or statements of case.

He is married with a young daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys struggling to play the piano, mountain biking and the Malvern Hills. He speaks French.

Scholarships:

  • Louis Gluckstein Advocacy Prize – Lincoln’s Inn
  • Tancred Studentship – Lincoln’s Inn
  • Excellence Award – BPP University
  • Lord Brougham Scholarship – Lincoln’s Inn
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award – Lincoln’s Inn 
  • Wordsworth MPhil Grant – Cambridge Divinity Faculty

Business and Property
  • Debt recovery
  • Conversion
  • Negligent misstatement
  • Misrepresentation
  • Limitation periods and acknowledgement of debt
  • Negligent manufacture of goods/Consumer Protection Act 1982
  • Hire purchase claims

Construction & Infrastructure
  • Multi-track claims including in the TCC
  • Incorporation and unfair contract terms
  • Exclusion and limitation of liability
  • Recovering damages for a 3rdparty on Linden Gardens Trust v Lenesta Sludge Disposals Ltd[1994] 1 A.C. 85 or Darlington Borough Council v Wiltshier[1995] principles
  • Quantum meruit claims
  • Applications in relation to expert evidence

Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Breach of director’s duties/misfeasance/transactions at an undervalue/unlawful dividend claims
  • Injunction to restrain presentation of winding up petition
  • Setting aside statutory demands and annulment of bankruptcies
  • Winding up petitions
  • Forfeiture in a CVA
  • Enforceability of service charges after bankruptcy of tenant
  • Company restoration

Real Estate
  • TOLATA/proprietary estoppel claims
  • Commercial and residential possession claims
  • Orders for sale and occupation rent
  • Mortgage repossession
  • Forfeiture and interim injunctions for relief from forfeiture
  • Prescription and adverse possession claims
  • Boundary disputes
  • Service charges
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Party Wall Act disputes
  • Nuisance and harassment
  • Service tenancies/assured agricultural tenancies
  • Partition of agricultural land

Contentious Wills, Trusts & Probate
  • Claims to invalidate a will for incapacity or undue influence
  • TOLATA/Inheritance Act/proprietary estoppel claims
  • Possession and conversion claims by personal representatives
  • Beddoe applications
  • Proving lost or destroyed wills
  • Mutual wills
  • Application to appoint a person to represent the estate ad litem
  • Applications to pass over a co-executor or remove trustees
  • Perpetuity periods and remoteness of vesting
  • Application to exhibit a full inventory and account of estates
  • Removal of caveats

Partnership
  • 3-day final dissolution accounts and enquiries trial
  • Applications for accounts & enquiries and winding up
  • Farming partnership disputes (orders for sale and partition of land)

Education

BA Law (2:1) - University of Oxford
BA Theology (1st) - University of Cambridge
MPhil Philosophy of Religion & Ethics - University of Cambridge
Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction) - BPP
Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding) - BPP

Appointments and Memberships

Lincoln’s Inn
Worcester Law Society Committee Member