John read law at the University of Leicester and graduated with a First Class Honours degree.
He was awarded a Harmsworth Scholarship and completed a common law pupillage in London. His practice is focussed upon commercial, property and chancery matters, with a particular emphasis on consumer law and contentious probate.
He is also direct access qualified and is happy to accept instructions from businesses and individuals looking for advice and representation.
Away from the Bar, John is a keen (if not accomplished) sportsman and musician and “enjoys” following the changing fortunes of Leicester City Football Club.
Commercial Dispute Resolution
John deals with a range of commercial litigation, from simple debt collection to complex contractual disputes involving questions of implied terms, mistake and misrepresentation. He has particular experience in dealing with domestic construction disputes.
He is also a consumer law specialist and represents both traders and consumers in cases involving unfair contract terms, distance selling, consumer credit, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and related regulations.
John is accustomed to dealing with residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes in both the private and public sectors.
He has extensive experience in claims for possession, disrepair, matters relating to deposit protection, leasehold enfranchisement, rent arrears and anti-social behaviour. He also regularly deals with applications for forfeiture and service charge disputes.
Planning & Environmental
John is developing his practice in contentious planning matters and has experience of appeals relating to operational development, change of use and enforcement notices, including those with a human rights element. He also deals with public inquiries, principally on behalf of local interest groups, claims for judicial review and statutory planning reviews of decisions by the Planning Inspectorate.
He recently appeared on a Direct Access basis in the High Court on a statutory review concerning the scope and limits of a “conversion” for the purpose of permitted development rights – Hibbitt v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government  EWHC 2853 (Admin).
Property & Real Estate
John’s experience in the field of property law is wide-ranging and he is often instructed in complex matters involving easements and covenants, boundary disputes, party walls and adverse possession.
He also frequently deals with co-ownership / cohabitation disputes in the courts and the Property Tribunal involving constructive and resulting trusts, severance and determination and declarations of beneficial interests.
John’s insolvency practice encompasses the full range of litigation from simple petitions for bankruptcy and winding up to more convoluted matters involving annulment, statutory demands, validity of service, appointment and supervision of trustees/receivers and disposal of property, including transactions at an undervalue.
Wills, Probate & Inheritance
John has a growing contentious probate practice, including matters of intestacy, fraud, incapacity, undue influence, the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and interpretation of wills.
John frequently deals with professional negligence actions for both Claimants and Defendants, predominantly involving business services and with an emphasis on the construction industry including architects, surveyors and builders.
- Direct Access Qualified
- LLB (Hons), University of Leicester
- Hibbitt v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government  EWHC 2853 (Admin)