John has been an Advocate since 1981 and qualified as a Barrister in England and Wales in 1990. He is a member of the Faculty of Advocates and of Trinity Chambers, Newcastle. He lives in the Borders.
He has agricultural law, landlord and tenant experience and has worked widely in promoting ADR, Arbitration and Mediation around the world. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an active practicing Arbitrator and a member of the Faculty of Advocates Dispute Resolution Service.
He took up Planning work in the mid-1990s and has developed that speciality to include Environmental Law. He is active on behalf of communities, NGOs and third parties and is consulted by, and also represents, developers and councils in a wide range of issues, including housing.
Outside law, John is Chairman of Scotland’s largest Building Preservation Trust and of the Ross Development Trust, a member of the Board of Planning Aid Scotland, and the Chairman of a Research Advisory Board within the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh.
John joined the Board in September 2020.