John studied in Kent, Leeds, and London, and gained a variety of experience before joining Chambers in 2013. He is also a qualified solicitor and solicitor advocate, which helps to deepen his understanding of his clients’ requirements and challenges. John has a highly practical approach, and solicitors and clients value his ability to think ahead and provide advice designed to minimise future disruption.
He has a reputation for being very robust barrister, and is often considered a suitable choice for the difficult client, the problematic opponent, or the unsympathetic judge. At the same time, his personable and friendly approach means he strikes up a rapid and effective rapport with all those he deals with.
As well as representation at court, he is happy to provide written advice, and can often turn papers around in short timescales where the urgency of the case requires.
John has spent time working with the International Bar Association on matters including the legal status of the Tamils, and the abolition of the death penalty in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A very experienced public speaker, John is often booked for seminars, lectures, and charity events as a guest speaker, both to the legal profession and the non-legal world.
Before coming to the Bar, he was a professional rugby player, having represented England and Ireland in various rugby age groups, as well as playing for British Universities.