John has a well-established, thriving practice specialising in chancery and common law, property, commercial law and all aspects of negligence.
His experience includes:
- Real property and all types of property disputes, including contracts and conveyancing problems, easements, commons, restrictive covenants, boundary disputes and nuisance.
- Wills, probate and trusts; interpretation of and disputes concerning all types of wills and trusts; domicile disputes; Inheritance Act claims.
- Landlord and tenant, covering both private and Local Authority lettings as well as business, residential and agricultural tenancies.
- Companies and partnerships; dissolution of both and disputes between partners and former partners; liabilities of directors and directors’ disqualification; minority rights; corporate and personal insolvency.
- Judicial Review covering disputes with Local Authorities and Government Departments, quangos, courts, planning decisions.
- Commercial disputes; freezing orders, retention of title issues.
- Professional negligence, including that of lawyers, licensed conveyancers, surveyors, accountants, Education Authorities.
- All aspects of negligently and deliberately caused damage, including personal injury and damage to real property and goods.
Areas of Expertise
- Professional negligence
- Damage by vegetation
- Property disputes
- Restrictive covenants
- Easements and Commons
- Landlord and tenant disputes
- Real property contracts
- Wills, Probate and Inheritance
- Judicial Review
- Re Jackson, Ilott v Mitson  2 FCR 1; WTLR 575;  1 FLR 291; 2FLR 1409,  1AER 932. Supreme Court decision pending.
- Bell v Northumbrian Water  EWHC 133 (TCC) – Nuisance from defective sewer.
- Direct Line v Fox  1 AER (Comm) 1017, fraudulent insurance claims
- William Smith (Wakefield) Ltd -v- Parisride Ltd  2EGLR 22 – an important decision in agricultural holdings law
- Ribee v. Norrie  33 HLR 69, a successful appeal to the CA, where the duties of an absentee landlord of property were laid down in relation to escape of fire and nuisance
- R. v Leeds City Council e.p. LICS (1996) 73 P&CR 70 (see below)
- Nationwide Anglia B. S. v Ahmed and Balakrishnan (1995) 70 P&CR 381 (loss of vendors lien)
- R. v Inspector of taxes e.p. Brumfield  STC 151 (taxation of farming partnerships)
- Wakefield MDC v Huzminor Investments (1989) 29 RVR 108 (rating of commercial premises)
- Re K.  Ch. 310 (the leading case on enduring powers of attorney)
- Sharneyford Supplies v Edge  Ch. 128,  Ch. 305 (sale of maggot farm: damages for non-completion)
- Re ilkley and Burley Moors (1984) 47 P&CR 324 (rights of common)
- Wakefield City Council v Box  3 All E.R. 506 (markets and fairs)
- Harrison-Broadley v Smith  1 WLR 1262 and Beevers v Mason (1978) 37 P&CR 452 (agricultural holdings)
- Robinson v Crompton Parkinson  (unfair dismissal)
- Jarmain v Wetherall (1977) 75 LGR 537 (the case which gave the “go-ahead” to car boot sales)
- Harrison v Battye  1 WLR 58 (exchange of contracts)
- Blackstone v Burnetts (West End)  1 WLR 1487 (important case on waiver of forfeiture)
- Crow v Wood  1 QB 77 (easement of fencing)
- CEGB v Dunning  Ch. 643 (what is a “pleasure ground”?)
- R. v Inman  1 Q.B. 140 (company fraud, duplicity of indictment)
- Radziej v Radziej  1 WLR 659 (matrimonial provision in bigamy)
- Alwoodley Motors’ Application (1961) 13 P&CR 195 (restrictive covenants)
- Ilott v Mitson – Important decisions on adult child’s Inheritance Act Claim
- R (LICS) v Leeds City Council, advising and representing a Local Authority on restrictive covenants affecting a major development
Publications include articles on aspects of property law and civil procedure.
During his spare time John is involved in charitable and public work (including membership of a housing association board for over 40 years) and enjoys music, art, reading and walking.