John specialises in employment, commercial and sports law. He often acts in cross-over cases before the High Court, specialist tribunals or arbitration panels. Before coming to the Bar John was Vice President of a corporate advisory and investment fund and now also uses his practical experience in banking/funds, shareholder or partnership cases.
John is the only junior at the Bar 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 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.
John is experienced before the Court of Appeal, the High Court, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Premier League Adjudication and Appeal Panels, the Premier League Managers' Arbitration Tribunal, and the RFU Disciplinary and Appeal Panels. He also maintains an Employment Tribunal practice across the UK. Notable cases include:
Charlesworth v. Amey Plc & Amey Services UK Ltd. UKEATPA/0326/13/MC (HHJ Peter Clarke): Whether a tripartite arrangement established employment status.
Tavistock School & Ors. v. Richards & Ors. UKEAT/0244/13/SM (HHJ Peter Clarke): Assessment of the timing for determining redundancy dismissal; construing an employment contract; and perverse non-payment finding.
Seaco & Ors. v. Buss Capital & Ors. (QBD) 2012: Conspiracy, confidential information, restrictive covenant, breach of contract, injunction claim in the shipping container industry. Led by Paul Goulding QC and Damian Brown QC (settled).
Rubicon LLP & Ors v. Attias & Ors. (Ch D) 2012 (Sales J.): The highest value conspiracy, confidential information, restrictive covenant, breach of contract/fiduciary duty claim involving £1.2bn in hedge fund redemptions. Led by Chris Quinn (settled mid-trial).
Stuart v. London City Airport Ltd. UKEATPA/1651/11/MAA (Cox J.): Whether a misconduct investigation into an alleged criminal act required a heightened level of scrutiny.
Blazevic v. Hayashibara International Inc. & Heath UKEATPA/0738/11/CEA (Langstaff J., President): Strike out of all claims and a costs award upheld with a further costs award ordered.
Odukwe v. Partners of Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers UKEAT/0547/10/SM (Underhill J., President). Application of the statutory dispute resolution procedures and time limits.
Bullimore v. (i) Pothecary Witham Weld Solicitors (ii) Hawthorne  IRLR 18; UKEAT/0189/10/JOJ (Underhill J., President): Advice on whether on an inaccurate reference can found a claim for sex victimisation following the compromise of a discrimination claim.
Humphreys v. Norilsk Nickel International (UK) Ltd.  IRLR 976;  EWHC (QB) 1867 (HHJ Seymour QC): Bonus claim by a former Chief Economist to one of the world’s largest mining companies.
Hunt v. Legal and General Resources Ltd. UKEATPA/1531/10/DM (HHJ Peter Clarke): Out-of-time appeal should be rejected by the EAT.
K2 Partnering Solutions Limited v. (i) Nina Strauss (aka Miriam Schmidt) (ii) Lawrence Harvey Search and Selection Ltd. HQ10X03345 (Tugendhat J.): Injunction preventing a former employee soliciting customers and her new employer from inducing breach.
Parsons v. Burworth Estates (a firm) UKEAT/0547/08/MAA (Underhill J., President): Whether a claimant needs to raise a grievance about each act relied upon for a claim of constructive unfair dismissal.