36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082
5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
DX: 713113 LEEDS PARK SQ
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123
Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
DX: 13023 BIRMINGHAM
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570
Clerked by:William Brown
"He is a very good advocate to work with, and has an incredibly good memory and a genuine interest and enthusiasm about the law and its detail."
John is recommended as a leading junior by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 in adminstrative & public law and planning law. He also features in Planning Magazine’s list of the top rated junior planning barristers nationally. He has appeared in a number of leading cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
John is appointed to the Attorney General’s Civil Panel. Between 2004-2005 he was judicial assistant to Lord Nicholls and Lord Rodger in the House of Lords.
Year of call: 2002
Areas of Expertise
- Administrative, Public Law and Local Government
- Planning & Environment
Planning and Environmental Law Bar Association
Administrative Law Bar Association
Northern Administrative Law Association
Attorney General’s Regional Panel (Civil)
John attended secondary school and sixth form college in the north-east. He studied Philosophy and Spanish Literature (BA Hons First Class & Gibbs Prize – The Queen’s College, Oxford University). He studied European Literature as a postgraduate (MSt. Distinction – The Queen’s College Oxford University) before deciding to convert to law (CPE Commendation – Northumbria University). He studied for the bar in London (BVC Very Competent – Inns of Court School of Law) and was awarded a Sir Thomas More scholarship by Lincoln’s Inn.
Chambers & Partners
"He is very professional and his written work is very good. He understood and clarified our position perfectly and was able to summarise it in a really concise and clear manner that put our case across perfectly." "He is a very good advocate to work with, and has an incredibly good memory and a genuine interest and enthusiasm about the law and its detail." (Chambers and Partners UK, 2017)
"Very good advocate." "He is very, very straightforward. In terms of working with him, he is very reassuring. You know that he will support you." "Incredibly good memory and a genuine interest and enthusiasm about the law and its detail." (Chambers and Partners UK, 2017)
"He is always fully on board with us, is really quick-thinking and able to predict where a case is going." "The biggest benefit he brings is his ability to liaise with the client and understand what the client's requirements are." (Chambers and Partners UK, 2016)
"His advocacy in court is relaxed, but very effective. He asks pertinent questions that cut through any line of defence.” “He is bright, intellectual and enthusiastic.” “He's extremely bright, and when dealing with clients and solicitors he's always able to listen and then formulate the best possible case.” “He provides clear and concise advice to clients, and he's very approachable.” (Chambers and Partners UK, 2015)
“Recognised for his handling of appeals and challenges in a range of legal spheres including planning and environment, immigration law and prison law” (Chambers and Partners UK, 2014)
“Instructing solicitors report being ‘absolutely delighted’ with his performance, saying that ‘he is very logical in the way he approaches a case, and he won't let go of points without a fight.’” (Chambers and Partners UK, 2013)
‘He has an excellent courtroom presence.’ (Legal 500, 2017)
“Academically and practically effective.” (Legal 500, 2015)
“Modest and approachable.” (Legal 500, 2014)