John has a well-established, thriving practice specialising in chancery and common law, property, commercial law and all aspects of negligence.
His experience includes:
Areas of Expertise
Re Jackson, Ilott v Mitson  2 FCR 1; WTLR 575;  1 FLR 291; 2FLR 1409,  1AER 932. Supreme Court decision pending.
Bell v Northumbrian Water  EWHC 133 (TCC) - Nuisance from defective sewer.
Direct Line v Fox  1 AER (Comm) 1017, fraudulent insurance claims
William Smith (Wakefield) Ltd -v- Parisride Ltd  2EGLR 22 - an important decision in agricultural holdings law
Ribee v. Norrie  33 HLR 69, a successful appeal to the CA, where the duties of an absentee landlord of property were laid down in relation to escape of fire and nuisance
R. v Leeds City Council e.p. LICS (1996) 73 P&CR 70 (see below)
Nationwide Anglia B. S. v Ahmed and Balakrishnan (1995) 70 P&CR 381 (loss of vendors lien)
R. v Inspector of taxes e.p. Brumfield  STC 151 (taxation of farming partnerships)
Wakefield MDC v Huzminor Investments (1989) 29 RVR 108 (rating of commercial premises)
Re K.  Ch. 310 (the leading case on enduring powers of attorney)
Sharneyford Supplies v Edge  Ch. 128,  Ch. 305 (sale of maggot farm: damages for non-completion)
Re ilkley and Burley Moors (1984) 47 P&CR 324 (rights of common)
Wakefield City Council v Box  3 All E.R. 506 (markets and fairs)
Harrison-Broadley v Smith  1 WLR 1262 and Beevers v Mason (1978) 37 P&CR 452 (agricultural holdings)
Robinson v Crompton Parkinson  (unfair dismissal)
Jarmain v Wetherall (1977) 75 LGR 537 (the case which gave the "go-ahead" to car boot sales)
Harrison v Battye  1 WLR 58 (exchange of contracts)
Blackstone v Burnetts (West End)  1 WLR 1487 (important case on waiver of forfeiture)
Crow v Wood  1 QB 77 (easement of fencing)
CEGB v Dunning  Ch. 643 (what is a "pleasure ground"?)
R. v Inman  1 Q.B. 140 (company fraud, duplicity of indictment)
Radziej v Radziej  1 WLR 659 (matrimonial provision in bigamy)
Alwoodley Motors' Application (1961) 13 P&CR 195 (restrictive covenants)
Ilott v Mitson – Important decisions on adult child’s Inheritance Act Claim
R (LICS) v Leeds City Council, advising and representing a Local Authority on restrictive covenants affecting a major development
Publications include articles on aspects of property law and civil procedure.
During his spare time John is involved in charitable and public work (including membership of a housing association board for over 40 years) and enjoys music, art, reading and walking.