Practice areas

Family, Civil

Year of call: 1997

John is able to host conferences, meetings and hearings by Zoom and MS Teams.

A former solicitor, John approaches his cases with patience, understanding and compassion.

His public law practice includes cases of neglect, non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and fabricated induced illness.

His private law practice includes cases of domestic violence (emotional, physical and sexual abuse) and its’ impact on child arrangements; contact disputes, including intractable disputes and implacable hostility and disputes involving paternity.

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John’s practice is predominantly family and includes:

  • Contested divorce, judicial separation and nullity
  • Declarations relating to marital status and parentage
  • Injunction proceedings under the Family Law Act 1996 (including applications for forced marriage protection orders)
  • Protection from Harassment Act 1997 & ancillary to common law actions
  • Private law Children Act matters acting for parents, extended family members and Guardians
  • Public law Children Act matters acting for Local Authorities, parents, extended family members, the Official Solicitor & Guardians
  • Applications for permission to remove children from the jurisdiction (temporary and permanent) and internal relocation
  • Child abduction
  • Ancillary relief (small value to high value including farming cases)
  • Applications under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989
  • Transfer of tenancy applications under Schedule 7 Family Law Act 1996

Reported Family Cases

  • Re K (Children) (Care Order: Adoption) [2005] EWCA Civ 961; [2005] All ER (D) Jul
  • E v E [2006] EWCA civ 843; [2006] 2 FLR 1228
  • Lake v Lake [2006] EWCA Civ 1250; [2007] 1 FLR 427
  • Re F (Paternity: Jurisdiction) [2007] EWCA Civ 873; [2008] 1 FLR 225
  • Re M (A Child) (Allegations of Rape: Fact Finding Hearing) [2009] All ER (D) (12 Nov)
  • Re F (Children) [2011] EWCA Civ 1765; [2012] All ER (D) 61 (Apr)
  • Re S (A Child) (Declaration of Parentage) [2012] EWCA Civ 1160; [2012] All ER (D) 140 (Aug)

Civil Cases

  • Claims under the Trust of Land & Appointment of Trustees Act 1996
  • Experience in contested probate matters relating to challenging wills and the validity of wills; Inheritance Act claims and issues relating to promissory estoppel; mental capacity and undue influence.


  • Diploma in Law (Guildford)
  • Diploma in Legal Practice


  • Lincoln’s Inn

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