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Born in the UK and raised and educated to Masters level in France, John first cut his law teeth in the police forces of the UK and NZ, gaining invaluable real-life experience of everyday social issues. He was admitted to the bar in 1997 and worked in general practice in the Wellington area for five years before moving to Christchurch with his young family in 2002. From here, he grew and managed a successful business and employment law practice.In 2016, he left his position as managing partner of a traditional law firm to disrupt the legal industry with onlinelawyers.nz and a more modern way of delivering legal services.
John is recognised by many as a strategic thought leader and a proponent of progressive value-based services that lead to better outcomes. He is involved in various corporate entities and has provided assistance with governance for company boards. The author of several legal and business-based articles and blogs, he is a regular contributor to Canterbury Today, the Circuit Breaker and other publications..
His continued interest in developing better ways of working extends to his involvement in research into how smart contracts and AI will revolutionise the legal industry. He is also a member of an international group of lawyers who discuss and share thoughts and ideas on the legal commercial implications of blockchain.
John maintains a healthy work/life balance with music-based interests: he is a keen collector of 80s punk and Ska records.