John was the head of Public and Regulatory law at Bates Wells Braithwaite for over 30 years. He has been described by Chambers UK as “striking a fine balance between academic rigour and a practical approach” and is ranked by both Chambers UK & the Legal 500 as a leading individual in the field.

John has many years of experience in dealing with public law and regulatory matters at the highest levels, for example running numerous test cases on homelessness, freedom of information and immigration in the 1970s and 1980s. He also acted as advocate for social workers and the profession of social work in the 1980s and beyond in many child abuse inquiries. Additionally, John has acted in all matters for PhonepayPlus (formerly ICSTIS), the regulator of premium rate services, for over 30 years.

John continues to advise clients of many years standing and new clients in successfully imposing regulation or in challenging the decisions made by authorities and deals with a number of judicial review cases at any time.

Examples of recent work

  • Drafting of the PhonepayPlus Code of Practice
  • Representing the ICAEW in various judicial review cases including:
    R v ICAEW ex parte Coke-Wallis (Supreme Court);
    R v ICAEW ex parte Hill
  • Advising the British Association of Social Workers in matters concerning The College of Social Work
  • Advising a leading insurance company in a judicial review of the Solicitors Regulation Authority

Qualifications and career

  • Nottingham University, LLB (Hons), 1970
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 1973
  • Partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite, 1976
  • Senior partner at BWB, 2001

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Trustee of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation