London and East Anglia; further afield as occasion demands.
ADR Chambers (UK) Ltd (2002); Academy of Experts (1995)
Professional and other qualifications
As a lawyer John maintains a very general civil practice. He retains a focus on personal injury, clinical negligence and mental health; forty years' experience in this field has equipped him with the skills needed to grapple with often complex medical and psychological questions. Specialist training in Court of Protection practice and contested probate allows him to apply those skills to a wider field in which medical and psychological questions are often important. In addition he has a costs practice, which means he is very much alive to an issue that can make or break a case in any of the other fields in which he practises.
John's interest in costs also makes him a relentless advocate for the benefits of mediation. He believes that mediation should play a central role throughout litigation, but above all in clinical negligence, contentious probate and best-interests cases in the Court of Protection.
In the past John's practice has been extremely varied. To an extent perhaps unusual at today's more specialist Bar, in helping parties to sort out their dispute he can draw on very wide past experience across areas as diverse as fraud, serious crime, financial services, contract and commercial, land and property, family finance and public and private law children cases. Experience in general practice (handling witnesses in a ten- or twelve-day Crown Court prosecution, for example, or dealing with an old-fashioned courtroom ambush) gives an advocate or mediator important skills not easily acquired in today's paper-based litigation.
Outside Interests :
History, especially of the ancient world; theatre; London; IT; railways; beer.
Telephone: 01603 617351
Address: East Anglian Chambers, 4, The Close, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 4DH