John is one of the UK’s most experienced and highly regarded practitioners working in the field of Children Law.
For over 35 years John’s exclusive focus has been on achieving outcomes for children, and helping parents through the traumatic process of making arrangements for their sons and daughters post-separation.
His expertise has been recognised year on year by his peers and professional commentators. He is acknowledged as a robust and forthright advocate with a down to earth and practical approach. He is heavily engaged in training and delivers numerous lectures and seminars to fellow professionals, as well as being much in demand as a guest speaker for Family Law organisations. He writes on Children Law and was a former consulting editor on “Hershman and McFarlane”, the leading reference work on the subject.
John qualified as a solicitor in 1978 and practised as a solicitor until transferring to the Bar in 2007. He was one of the first solicitors to be appointed to the Law Society’s Children Panel on its foundation in 1985.
In 1993 he was one of the two founding partners of Jones Myers, the North’s first specialist Family Law firm, which quickly established itself as one of the region’s top performers.
John’s practice covers all “Private Law” issues involving parents, grandparents (and other family members) and children. He has built up an extensive portfolio of cases over the years which has given him the opportunity to gain expertise in a number of specialist areas including:
John receives instructions from all over England and represents parents throughout the country. He appears in all courts from the Family Proceedings Court to the Court of Appeal where he has been involved in many leading cases.
John also accepts instructions from members of the public on a Direct Access basis. In the light of his long experience as a solicitor, he is well used to dealing with clients on a 1:1 basis and welcomes a hands on approach.
Re F  -
A Court of Appeal decision on internal relocation which attracted considerable national publicity.
Gull v Gull 1 FLR 232-
A Court of Appeal decision considering whether a term of committal was excessive
Re G  2 FLR 166 -
A Court of Appeal decision on removal from the jurisdiction and the assessment of the impact of refusal on a mother.
North Yorkshire CCv SA 2 FLR 849 -
Represented both parents in the Court of Appeal decision which established the "real possibility" test for inclusion in the pool of potential perpetrators.
Re B and G (Children)(No 2) 2015 EWFC 3 –
The first reported case where Female Genital Mutilation was the sole issue.
John has delivered numerous seminars on a variety of private and public law issues throughout the region. He is much in demand as a guest speaker for family law organisations such as Resolution.
Recent seminar topics include:
The New Family Procedure Rules 2010
"A children law expert who fearlessly tackles difficult and important cases."Chambers & Partners (2016)
"He commands respect from peers, solicitors and the local judiciary." "A go-to counsel for children cases."Chambers & Partners (2019)