John is head of litigation with overall responsibility for the personal injury and clinical negligence teams.
He is a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation scheme, the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation scheme and of the Law Society Catastrophic Injury Accreditation scheme.
John is a solicitor-advocate with rights of audience in the Higher Courts for civil proceedings.
He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, with accredited status as a senior fellow, being the only solicitor in Yorkshire to hold this accolade and one of only 9 in the UK.
John is accredited by APIL as a clinical negligence specialist, a brain injury specialist and a fatal accidents specialist.
He was elected to the APIL executive committee in 2005 and was APIL president from 2009 to 2010. He has been APIL Secretary since 2016.
In 2010 John joined the Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors.
John is also a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association, the Law Management Section of the Law Society, the South Yorkshire Medico-Legal Society and the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates.
He provides professional training on a range of subjects including procedure, practice management, occupiers’ liability, contributory negligence, clinical negligence and evidence as well as regular updates on developments in the law. He has chaired sessions, and spoken, at many conferences including APIL Annual Conferences, APIL Clinical Negligence Conferences and the APIL Catastrophic Injuries Conference.
Media work includes the BBC Daily Politics Show, BBC Look North, Radio 4, Talk Radio and local radio.
He is the author of ‘Model Letters for Personal Injury Lawyers’ and the ‘APIL Guide to Personal Injury Claims Procedure’. He is also a contributor to the APIL Guide to Clinical Negligence, the APIL Personal Injury Law, Practice and Precedents and the 5th Edition of Medical Negligence by Michael Jones.
He has had articles published in the Journal of Personal Injury Law, the Solicitors Journal, the New Law Journal, the Legal Executive Journal, Modern Claims Magazine, Bone & Joint 360 and The Times.
He is the Deputy Case Digest Editor, and on the editorial board, of the Journal of Personal Injury Law (published by Thomson Reuters).
He was appointed to the Civil Procedure Rule Committee in 2019.
He received the degree of LLB in 1979 and in 2007 he was awarded the LLM in Advanced Litigation and Dispute Resolution by Nottingham Law School.
In 2001 he received the APIL Newcomer Trainer of the Year award and in 2011 was named Eclipse Proclaim Claimant PI Lawyer of the Year.
John is ranked in Chambers and is recommended in the Legal 500 for his clinical negligence work and is recommended as a leading individual for his personal injury work. He has been described in Chambers UK Guide as maintaining “an excellent reputation in both clinical negligence and personal injury matters” and as being “an encyclopaedia of up to date law and procedure”. He has been described as “widely rated” in the Legal 500. He is highly recommended in Chambers UK as well as being in the Legal 500 list of “Elite Leading Lawyers”.
He is a past president of the Doncaster and District Law Society and of the Yorkshire Union of Law Societies.