Areas of Practice

John deals with a very wide range of problems across the Common-law/Chancery divide. The former include claims involving:

  1. commercial and contractual disputes
  2. construction
  3. defamation
  4. general torts (conspiracy, trespass, false imprisonment and actions against the police)
  5. human rights
  6. inquests / coronial investigations
  7. insurance
  8. professional negligence
  9. review/public law
  10. telecommunications

The latter include cases involving:

  1. administration actions
  2. banking
  3. constructive trusts, cross-border fraud and tracing
  4. directors’ disqualification
  5. insolvency (both corporate and individual)
  6. partnership
  7. pensions and trusts
  8. property issues (commercial landlord and tenant, possession actions)

For examples of the above work please refer to Reported English Cases and Reported New Zealand Cases.

He also receives instructions in a number of criminal cases at trial and appellate level. The latter are mainly appeals from the Caribbean, involving capital penalties (see Pro Bono).