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John has been in practice for almost 50 years and brings a national and international reputation to his work as a commercial litigator. Formerly a partner at Simpson Grierson, John began practice as a barrister sole specialising in intellectual property litigation in 1991.

Education

  • University of Auckland: LL.B (Hons)
  • COP: Copyright and Intellectual Property


Bio

John has been in practice for almost 50 years and brings a national and international reputation to his work as a commercial litigator. Formerly a partner at Simpson Grierson, John began practice as a barrister sole specialising in intellectual property litigation in 1991.

His work as a writer on intellectual property matters has brought him particular note, with many published works in the area including contributing to the Laws of New Zealand and editing the New Zealand Intellectual Property Journal to which he regularly contributes. In 2011, he wrote Search Orders published by LexisNexis. In 2018 he wrote Expert Evidence in Court Proceedings published by Thompson Reuters He also acts regularly in professional disciplinary matters. John has maintained an active academic career, primarily as a lecturer at the University of Auckland. He has been admitted to practice in New Zealand, Australia (Victoria) and admitted (ad hoc) in Hong Kong, East Malaysia, Fiji, and the Cook Islands. John is also a door tenant at New Square Chambers, Lincoln's Inn, London.


John’s current areas of specialisation include intellectual property litigation, general commercial litigation, pre-emptive rewards including search and freezing orders. He also has a substantial practice in professional disciplinary matters with emphasis on lawyers’ disciplinary proceedings.

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Publications

  • 2011 Author: Search Orders published by Lexis Nexis

  • 1995 – current Joint Editor and regular contributor, New Zealand Intellectual Property Journal,

  • 2019 Author: Expert Evidence in Court Proceedings, 2018

  • 1995 - Author: Confidential Information in Laws of New Zealand, Lexis Nexis

Memberships

  • NZBA
  • 2008 - current: Faculty member New Zealand Law Society litigation skills programme including advanced program