John is a Solicitor Advocate and has been a specialist in property litigation since 2005. As well as property litigation he focuses heavily on planning and corporate litigation.
He has been a Court of Session reporter in corporate reconstructions and capital reductions for many years. He also maintains a long standing interest in charity law and family law.
John joined Gillespie Macandrew as a partner in 2004 following the merger with Bennett & Robertson and has over 16 years experience at partner level.
Representing Mr Salvesen in Salvesen v Riddell, the first time a piece of flagship Scottish civil legislation was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013.
Acted for the developers in Sustainable Shetland v The Scottish Ministers in the Supreme Court for a major wind farm proposal for Shetland in 2016.
Appointed reporter to the court in the petition of Premier Oil plc for the approval of the scheme of arrangement under part 26 of the Companies Act 2006 in 2017.
Currently acting for the developers in RSPB v Scottish Ministers for a proposed off shore wind farm.
Memberships and accreditations
John is a member of the WS Society and SSC. He is also a Notary Public and has been appointed as Linlithgow Pursuivant by Lord Lyon in 2016, for a period of five years.