John joined Child & Child's Dispute Resolution Department in May 2015, having previously spent 7 years as Head of Dispute Resolution at Fisher Meredith LLP. He trained with a small city firm on Fleet Street.
John has over 15 years’ experience of litigation matters and has expertise in the Companies Court, High Courts, County Courts, Court of Appeal and Employment Tribunals.
John is regularly instructed by companies and businesses in connection with commercial disputes both arising from commercial contracts with third parties and partnership or shareholder disputes within the business itself. He has particular expertise in freezing injunctions and applications in the Companies Court. He also deals with intellectual property disputes including trademark infringements and passing off.
John undertakes a considerable amount of commercial property litigation for both commercial landlords and tenants including lease extensions, possession and forfeiture matters, dilapidations and service charge disputes. John also advises individuals on the broad range of real estate disputes which residential homeowners may encounter including adverse possession and proprietary estoppel claims, boundary disputes, restrictive covenant and easement disputes and party wall matters as well as property related professional negligence actions. John also deals with construction disputes and he has acted in many adjudications and arbitrations.
In addition to his commercial and property work John regularly deals with professional negligence actions against solicitors, barristers, accountants, surveyors and architects, both for claimants and defendants and he has a number of reported cases in thatose areas.
John is also a member of the Association of Contentious Probate Specialists and deals with high value contested probate claims and will disputes.
John's reported cases include
Brennan v Bolt Burdon  EWHC 2493 (a mistake of law can vitiate a contract)
Tariquez-Zaman v University of London  UKEAT 0123 (discrimination in employment)
Eastern and Coastal NHS Trust v Grey  UKEAT 045_08_2301 (discrimination in employment)
Churchill v Temple  All ER (D) 170 (Dec) (restrictive covenants)
JH and PH v Fisher Meredith LLP  EWHC 408 (Fam) (wasted costs)
Priestley v Dunbar & Co [2015[ EWHC 987 (Ch) (setting aside a default judgment)