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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 the Head of Corporate Law at Burnetts, and is described by the Legal 500 as “an expert who can very quickly assess a situation, and provide clear advice on very complex transactions”.

In the public sector, John is a prominent member of the firm’s Education Team, and has helped to set up numerous academies, as well as the recently formed Energy Coast UTC and the Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders. He was the firm’s lead adviser to Allerdale Borough Council on the redevelopment of Workington Town Centre, and recently assisted the Council on the transfer of the development to a new owner based in Luxembourg.

In the private sector, acting mainly for owner managed companies, John has dealt with a wide range of transactions including a £35million MBO in the transport sector, a £60million joint venture in the nuclear sector, and numerous acquisitions, disposals, mergers and restructurings across a range of industries.

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