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John Noctor specialises in company and commercial work for major clients and is a key member of the education team. 

"'Commercially focussed' (Corporate) team head John Noctor is recommended for his ability to 'communicate complex matters in a non-technical manner.' Legal 500 2016

One of the region’s leading corporate lawyers, John Noctor specialises in company and commercial work for major clients in both the private and public sector.

Originally from Cumbria’s west coast, John attended Whitehaven Grammar School and subsequently graduated with a degree in Law from the University of Cambridge. He was articled to the firm now known as Hill Dickinson in Liverpool before joining Burnetts in 1986 and becoming a partner in 1988.

John is described by the Legal 500 as “an expert who can very quickly assess a situation, and provide clear advice on very complex transactions”. He is recognised by Chambers as a leading adviser to SMEs and owner managed businesses in the North-West region, being one of the few Cumbrian lawyers to enjoy a regional ranking.

In the private sector, John has dealt with a wide range of transactions including a £35million MBO and a logistics contract worth in excess of £100 million in the transport sector alone. In addition, he has dealt with a £60million joint venture in the nuclear sector, and numerous acquisitions, disposals, mergers and restructurings across a range of industries.

In the public sector, John is a prominent member of the firm’s Education Team. He dealt with 11 academy conversions in 2016 and has advised a number of clients in the FE sector on their Part B mergers, following the government’s programme of Area Review. He recently advised a large Multi Academy Trust on a rebrokering exercise, the first of its kind in Cumbria.

Outside work, John has served as a governor of an FE college and a large secondary school in the state sector.  He has also served as a non-executive director of a Healthcare Trust, and as a mentor for SMEs under a Nuclear Decommissioning Authority programme.

John is a qualified rugby union coach, and a keen follower of most sports, particularly rugby and football.