John was called to the Bar in 1990, admitted as an English Solicitor in 1992 and to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the British Virgin Islands in 2000. Previously, he was Leader of the London Aviation Litigation Team at Kennedys Law LLP and, prior its merger with Kennedys, one of the senior partners at Gates and Partners LLP, a leading aviation law practice.
Since qualifying, John has acted for airlines, general and regional aviation operators, airports, aviation authorities and regulators and the wider aviation industry and their insurers globally, but particularly in the UK, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. He has extensive experience handling and managing the simplest to the most complex and multi-jurisdictional aviation claims and disputes in mediation, arbitration and litigation – ranging from sport aviation injuries sustained in ballooning, parachuting, hang gliding, microlighting and paragliding accidents to major losses involving a diverse range of personal injuries, catastrophic permanent damage or fatality. John also handles commercial litigation and has led the successful defence of aviation clients in multiple foreign jurisdictions. He also advises on aviation insurance coverage issues as well as providing counsel on regulatory and European aviation law matters including EC261 claims.
- Listed in Best Lawyers International;
- Listed in the Euromoney Expert Guide to the World's Leading Aviation Lawyers;
- Ranked in The International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers 2011 – Present: "always responds promptly to client's requests, he is extremely professional and knowledgeable in International Aviation Law, very proficient and courteous".
John presents routinely on aviation law and litigation practice to the international aviation community.