John specialises in commercial, employment and sports law. He often acts in cases before the High Court, specialist tribunals or arbitration panels. John was formerly Vice President of a corporate advisory and investment fund and uses his practical experience in banking/funds, shareholder and partnership disputes. John regularly makes interim applications in all his practice areas.
John is the only junior at the Bar of England & Wales below 13-years' call who is ranked by Chambers and Partners in both employment and sports law. Overall he is 1 of only 2 junior barristers ranked in those areas. Recent legal directory comments include:
Chambers and Partners 2014 finds John a popular choice to act as junior counsel, who is frequently engaged by a range of leading silks, and was recently led in a substantial breach of fiduciary duties case. It notes that "He's got the right balance between demonstrating his intellect and fitting in as part of a team when appropriate" and "He's exactly the sort of person you want for sensible responsive employment advice, and offers first-class legal analysis." (employment).
It also highlights that John acts in disciplinary matters, commercial disputes and contractual cases between individuals and agents. His practice is focused on football and rugby, but he also undertakes motor racing and cricket cases, and emphasises that "He is commercial and responsive. He picks things up quickly and when time is of the essence he will do things very quickly indeed. He is very user-friendly." (sport).
Chambers and Partners 2013 labels John as having "strong advocacy skills and a smooth and charming manner with clients" (employment) and as "developing a considerable profile in sports law" (sport).
Legal 500 2013 notes John for handling sports disciplinary cases and his "honed judgment" (media, entertainment and sport).
Chambers and Partners 2012 describes him as “an outstanding young Junior who pulls out all the stops to get results” (employment).
Legal 500 2012 recommends him for "commercial advice, prompt turnaround and client care" (media, entertainment and sport).
By way of professional recognition, John was chosen by the Bar Council, Law Society and British Association of Sport and Law to be an advocate at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games; has been nominated an FA arbitrator on several occasions; is a panellist for Sports Resolutions, the leading domestic sports appeals/arbitration service; is on the panel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission; and has acted as a mediator. John is also currently an elected member of Littleton's Management Committee and is Head of its Sports Law Group.
John is experienced before the Court of Appeal, High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Court of Arbitration for Sport, FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber and Player Status Committee, Premier League Adjudication and Appeal Panels, Premier League Managers' Arbitration Tribunal and RFU Disciplinary and Appeal Panels. He also maintains an Employment Tribunal practice across the UK, including Scotland and Northern Ireland. Notable cases are listed under the practice areas below.