John specialises in employment, commercial and sports law. He often advises on cross-over cases before the High Court, specialist tribunals or arbitral 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 the leading legal directory, Chambers and Partners, in both employment and sports law. Overall he is 1 of only 4 junior barristers ranked in those areas. Recent legal directory commentaries 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. He is also on the Panel of Approved Counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. John has also been appointed an FA arbitrator and mediator.
He has recently been instructed on cases 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. Notable cases include:
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, injunction claim of recent times involving £1.2bn in hedge fund investor redemptions. Led by Chris Quinn (settled mid-trial).
Stuart v. London City Airport Ltd. UKEATPA/1651/11/MAA (Cox J.): EAT appeal concerning 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, EAT President): Successful argument that the strike out of all claims and a costs award made by the Employment Tribunal should be upheld with a further costs award ordered.
Odukwe v. Partners of Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers UKEAT/0547/10/SM (Underhill J, EAT President). Successful argument on the 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, EAT 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) Limited  IRLR 976;  EWHC (QB) 1867 (HHJ Seymour QC): Claim for performance bonus by a former Chief Economist to one of the world’s largest mining companies.
Hunt v. Legal and General Resources Limited UKEATPA/1531/10/DM (HHJ Peter Clark): Successful argument that an 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 Limited HQ10X03345 (Tugendhat J): Successful application for an injunction before the High Court, 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, EAT President): Argument whether a claimant needs to raise a grievance about each act relied upon for a claim of constructive unfair dismissal.