John is a formidable and highly regarded commercial litigator with more than 25 years’ experience in law, as well as being an expert in the law relating to fashion, luxury goods and design.
John is qualified as both a Solicitor and a Solicitor-Advocate of the Senior Courts of England & Wales, as well as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. He is one of the UK’s foremost specialists in mediation, and has been a CEDR-qualified mediator since 2003.
John’s clients range from FTSE-100 companies, multinational corporates and banks to high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs. Clients appreciate John’s direct, but empathetic, approach, as well as his intelligent advice and creative, practical solutions. His aim is to guide clients through difficult and stressful situations to achieve the best outcome, always with an eye on his client’s commercial objectives. This involves developing an intelligent strategy with each client, sometimes using diplomacy and negotiation, and other times employing litigation techniques, often requiring ruthless tenacity.
A talented public speaker, John has organised and spoken at lectures and seminars around the world. He currently chairs the London Fashion Network panel discussions, and guest lectures at Brighton University. John was also, for a number of years, a contributor to the Legal Network Television series of educational videos for lawyers; and was on the Legal Editorial Panel for LNTV’s Dispute Resolution Channel (a former division of the University of Law in London).
John is a Senior Consultant in the London office of Setfords Solicitors, a nationwide firm catering to the needs of large and small businesses, as well as individuals in all areas of the law.