Commercial Litigation

Specialist Experience

  • Commercial, contract and trade disputes
  • Corporate, shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Distribution and commercial agency
  • Intellectual property (including luxury, fashion and design)
  • Product liability
  • Professional negligence


John has been a lawyer for more than 30 years.  He qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand in 1993 and then moved to the UK in 2000, thereafter qualifying as a Solicitor and Solicitor-Advocate (Civil) in the English Courts.  John is also one of the UK’s foremost specialists in mediation, having been involved in more than 150 mediations and becoming a CEDR-qualified mediator in 2003.

His clients range from major listed PLCs, multi-national corporates and prime banks to high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs.

Admitted as:

  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 1993

  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales, 2002

  • Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil) of the Senior Courts of England & Wales, 2002


  • LL.B. & B.C.A. (Marketing & Communications), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 1992

  • Legal Professional Skills Programme, Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Wellington, New Zealand, 1993

  • Qualified Lawyers’ Transfer Test, The College of Law, London, 2001

  • Mediator (CEDR-Qualified), 2003

Career history:

  • Maddox Legal

  • Spring Law

  • Fox Williams

  • Johnston Lawrence