John is one of the UK's most experienced Family Law practitioners with over 35 years work in the field behind him.
In March 2017 John was included in the Sixth Edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom in the practice area of Family Law.
He is widely acknowledged as one of the leaders in the field of the law relating to children and his expertise has been recognised year on year by his peers and professional commentators.
John qualified as a solicitor in 1978 and practised as such until his transfer to the Bar in 2007. He specialised in Family Law from the outset and was one of the first members of the Law Society's Children Panel when established in 1985.
In 1993 he was a founding partner of Jones Myers, the North's first specialist Family Law firm, which quickly established a reputation as one of the region's top performers.
John's practice covers all aspects of Children Law. In public law proceedings, he has represented numerous local authorities as well as parents and Children's Guardians. He is recognised as a formidable advocate, a champion of Parents' rights and is noted for his practical and down to earth approach. He is regularly instructed on the most complex cases and often appears as leading counsel.
His private law practice is extensive with a huge back catalogue of residence and contact disputes. The experience he has gained over the years working alongside other professionals such as psychologists, psychiatrists, paediatricians, teachers and social workers allows him to bring an extra dimension to the advice he is able to give clients undergoing the emotional trauma of these proceedings.
John has developed a particular specialism in cases with an international element. He has been involved in a number of leading cases involving relocation (both within the UK and abroad) and has considerable experience of child abduction cases.
John has written and lectured extensively on many aspects of Children Law and delivers numerous seminars and workshops to professionals. He remains much in demand as a guest speaker and has addressed numerous Family Law organisations.
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.
Former Consulting Editor of Hershman and McFarlane's ‘Children Law and Practice’
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
"No-nonsense, straight-talking and fearless."Legal 500 (2015)
‘Unflappable, fearless and direct.’Legal 500 (2017)