Lawyer; Arbitrator and Mediator
John is a Queen’s Counsel (since 1998) at the Scottish Bar (since 1981), and a Member of the Bar of England & Wales(since 1990). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (since 1998), and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. His legal practice extends over the entire United Kingdom, and, on occasion, into Europe, the Far East and the United States of America.
John is a highly experienced lawyer, arbitrator and mediator, whose domestic practice focusses on Planning and Envrionmental Law, Energy Law, and ADR. He has transactional and litigation experience of commercial law, planning disputes, art law, and copyright, patent and intellectual property law. He has appeared as counsel in most British Courts and Tribunals at all levels, and is a particular expert in official Inquiries. He is the author of ‘Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas’ in the Scottish Planning Encyclopaedia, and was for 10 years until 2020 the Chairman of Scotland’s largest Building Preservation Trust.
Forthcoming publications include a rewrite of the above title, and other works on building ownership and conservation. He is an occasional speaker on all forms of ADR, and teaches the subject when invited. He is recognized as forthright, careful, approachable and knowledgeable.
His practice has included arbitration and mediation since the mid 1990s. He has served as Arbitrator in a wide range of commercial disputes at domestic level and a smaller range at international level. He is a Fellow (by examination) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and accepts ad hoc and Panel based appointments in a range of cases. He is an experienced travel arbitrator. He is also a practising mediator. He has as participated as faculty and judge at Edinburgh’s Law school and Faculty of Advocates sponsored events,and has conducted training at the Willem C Vis Moot programme. He has been invited to join CAfA in January 2020.
In 2009 he was World President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and prior to that served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees. He is Past Chair of the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, and a Trustee of the Ross Development Trust, and Planning Aid Scotland.
John’s educational background is in Scotland, and he holds an Ll.B from the University of Edinburgh (1972).