John attended Victoria University of Wellington where he graduated with a law degree. He first commenced practice in a mid-sized litigation firm in Wellington where he later became the Senior Common Law Partner.
John joined the independent Bar in 1989 and took silk in 1996.
John has very wide experience in all forms of litigation and in particular in trial work where he has acted as senior counsel in a number of nationally significant cases.
Whilst John dedicates most of his time to the law he has a background in representative golf, motor sport and currently is an avid sailor.
John’s interest in sport has led to his having a significant involvement in sports law issues.
John acts as pro bono counsel for the S.P.C.A. and Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc.
John has recently acted in regulatory and commercial matters as counsel for Auckland Transport Ltd, Watercare Services Ltd, Jetstar, Zespri New Zealand Ltd, Milford Asset Management Ltd and currently the Attorney-General in defence of an application for costs under the Costs in Criminal Cases Act.
John has recently been involved in the defence of a serious fraud prosecution in relation to offences under the Secret Commissions Act. He is currently involved as counsel for the defence in pending SFO prosecutions.
John is also currently engaged in a number of relationship property cases where issues arise in relation to entitlements under family trusts. John is currently acting for the plaintiff in defamation proceedings and is also advising the Human Rights Commission in relation to similar media related issues.
Barrister Sole: 1989