John is the firm’s specialist Litigator. He has more than 30 years of experience in this field.
For the first six years of his career, John practiced in London where he was later admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales. After working in private practice focusing primarily on Mergers and Acquisitions, Litigation and Estates, John joined the Litigation department of a large, publicly-listed construction company, where he thrived working predominantly on major construction-related disputes.
This wide variety of experience was the perfect springboard for John’s current practice: Civil and Commercial Litigation, Property Litigation, Estate and Trust Litigation, Employment Law (including Personal Grievances) and Debt Collection.
John’s clients appreciate his problem-solving skills and ability to explore resolutions from every possible angle to achieve the most beneficial, cost-effective outcome.
John’s years in the UK fuelled his enthusiasm for NZ outdoor pursuits, particularly those involving coastline or mountains. John is a keen surfer, free diver, fisherman and skier, a diehard sports enthusiast and loyal follower of the Black Caps. He’s also a proud father of two adult boys, who he says (along with the Black Caps), taught him the virtue of patience!
One of John’s greatest loves is music. As a teen of ’79, he was hugely into punk rock. At law school, he formed a band with some fellow law students and played several gigs, including one of the notorious Law Steins. Alas, for a variety of reasons which cannot be traversed here, they were not invited to play another…
In the ’80s, John’s taste broadened widely. He is a big Sinatra fan and has had the good fortune to have seen in concert Frank, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Tony Bennett, Tony Christie, Glenn Campbell, Shirley Bassey, Liza Minelli, Nina Simone and many of the other great artists of our (or, at least, his) time.
JOHN’S NEGOTIATION SKILLS SERVE HIM WELL WHEN IT COMES TO AGREEING ON FAMILY TRAVEL DESTINATIONS, WHICH NOTORIOUSLY FEATURE CRICKET TOURS OR SURF BREAKS.