John "was hugely helpful to us as a business. He answered all our questions and took time to cover every angle of our issues." - Chambers 2020
John is a Practising Consultant in the Employment and HR team, based in Penrith.
John specialises in advising major clients of the firm, with a focus on its ever growing portfolio of schools and colleges.
Following his early education at Whitehaven Grammar School, John graduated with a degree in law from the University of Cambridge. Having completed his training in Liverpool, he joined Burnetts in 1986 and progressed rapidly to Equity Partner in 1988. Having been a Partner for 30 years, during which time he served as the Head of Corporate, John took up his new position as a Consultant Solicitor at the beginning of 2018.
Throughout his career, John has specialised in high value and complex acquisitions, disposals, mergers and restructurings across a range of industries. He has a particular expertise in the transport and logistics sector, having advised clients on numerous contracts with major motor manufacturers with values in excess of £100 million.
John is a prominent member of the firm's Education team. He has dealt with approximately 50 academy conversions in Cumbria and beyond, as well as a number of re-brokerings, one of which was described as "the most comprehensive re-brokering in the northern region" and he is one of the few Cumbrian lawyers to enjoy a regional ranking.
Outside of work, John has served as a governor of an FE college and a large secondary school. 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. He has recently been admitted as a member of the United Kingdom State Aid Law Association, in support of his work on state aid in the education sector.
John is a qualified rugby union coach for juniors, and a keen follower of most sports, particularly rugby and football.