He is a brilliant advocate and you can rely on him to pull something out of the bag. ‘Very responsive, very intelligent and very commercial.’ “
Real Estate Litigation
John is a very experienced adviser and advocate and has practised in the area of agriculture and rural affairs for over 25 years. He is ranked in Band 1 for both real estate litigation and chancery in Chambers UK and is one of Legal 500’s leading individuals.
John understands the needs of the farming community and provides specialist, cost-effective advice and representation that is designed to produce positive practical outcomes that achieve the clients’ goals.
John recently acted for the successful party in Churston Golf Club v Haddock  EWHC 347 (Ch) which established for the first time that fencing easements can be created expressly.
John’s work in this area includes the following:
- Farm and agricultural land sales/purchases
- Farming partnership disputes
- Trusts and succession disputes between family members
- Statutory security of tenure and succession under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986
- Farm business tenancies under the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995
- Water and drainage rights, including riparian rights
- Public and private rights of way
- Obligations in relation to boundaries separating agricultural land
- Profits a prendre
- Boundaries and adverse possession
- Nuisance claims (flooding, noise, smells, etc.)
- Member of Chancery Bar Association
- Member of the Agricultural Law Association
- Secretary of the Western Chancery & Commercial Bar Association
Qualifications & awards:
- BA (Oxon) 1st Class 1986
- LLM (Cantab) 1987
- LLM (University of Pennsylvania) 1988
- Thouron Scholar (University of Pennsylvania) 1987-8
- Attorney-at-Law New York State 1991
- Queen Mother’s Scholar 1992
- Sachs Prize & Campbell-Foster Prize 1993 (all Middle Temple)
Before joining the Bar, John practised as an attorney-at-law in a Wall Street law firm from 1989 to 1991. His practice there included contentious take-overs and major litigation for international banks, insurance companies and brokerage houses.