John specialises in commercial and property law. John has appeared in levels of tribunal up to and including the Court of Appeal.
He has experience of a wide variety of commercial matters including contractual disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, fraud, joint venture disputes, shareholder disputes, tracing claims, agency disputes, breach of confidence claims and financial services regulation.
John’s substantial property practice encompasses commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, leasehold management matters, secured lender claims and various matters heard in the First-Tier Tribunal. John specialises in contested possession claims (both commercial and residential). In the housing context, he is regularly instructed on behalf of landlords seeking possession against tenants who rely upon disrepair, Equality Act 2010, Human Rights Act 1998 and/or public law defences.
Notable current and past instructions include:
- Tillman v Lloyds Bank Plc and Better Capital LLP – John acts for the Claimant (a former owner of the clothing brand Jaegar) in his c£150 million claim based on unlawful means conspiracy (where allegations of deceit and breach of confidence are made). This ongoing claim is being heard in the Commercial Court. John is led by Brie Stevens-Hoare QC.
- Freear v Andrews  EWHC 3497 (QB): John successfully represented the Defendant in resisting the Claimant’s application for summary judgment / strike out. The facts of this case concern a property investment where one of the investors is seeking recovery of £1.6m alleging both breach of trust and breach of contract. This ongoing matter raises some interesting points of law concerning Quistclose Trusts.
- A v B: John acts for the Respondents in an ongoing HM Land Registry rectification claim where serious allegations of fraud are being made which concern a high value residential property. John is led David Lewis QC.
- Holyoake v Candy  EWHC 3397 (Ch): John acted for the Claimants in their £132 million claim against the Candy Brothers & others arising out of a property development gone wrong (led by Roger Stewart QC of 4 New Square Chambers). The 9 week trial of this matter (which featured in The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2017) was heard in the Chancery Division and judgment was handed down in December 2017.
- R v J: John was instructed in the Queen’s Bench Division by a high-end fashion label to defend a £3m claim for statutory compensation under the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (led by David Lewis QC). This matter settled on favourable terms.
- B v S: John acted (as sole counsel) in Queen’s Bench Division proceedings on behalf of a start-up drinks company defending allegations that it has wrongfully terminated an exclusive distribution agreement. This matter settled on favourable terms.
- John acted successfully for an entrepreneur in seeking an order for pre-action disclosure against a publicly listed real estate services company. This matter received coverage in the Guardian, the Times and the Financial Times.
Commercial Landlord & Tenant
Real Property & Mortgages
- Commercial Bar Association
- Chancery Bar Association
- The London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
- Contributing author to Construction All Risks Insurance (2nd Edition, 2016, Sweet & Maxwell)
- Contributing author to Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance (2nd Edition, 2017, Sweet & Maxwell)
- Contributing author to Insurance Broking Practice and the Law (CMS Cameron McKenna)
- BA (Jurisprudence) – Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford (Double First)
- BPTC – BPP Law School (Very Competent)
- Shelford Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
- Gibbs Prize, University of Oxford
- Lord Mansfield Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
- Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
- College Scholarship, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
- Isaiah Berlin Prize, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
- The Citigroup Scholarship, University of Oxford