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John is a Senior Associate in the market leading Private Wealth Disputes team, based in the Cardiff office.

John has considerable experience in the field of private wealth disputes, and he advises across the whole spectrum of claims including: trust disputes, breach of trust claims and applications to remove trustees; will disputes, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, and claims for equitable relief under proprietary estoppel, constructive trusts and resulting trusts.

John has a specialism in trial preparation and advocacy and has obtained higher rights of audience that allows him to speak in the High Court and above on behalf of his clients. John is one of the leading practitioners in the area of private wealth disputes in Wales, which is recognised in his recommendation as a rising star in the Legal 500 rankings of 2023.

Career history

John qualified as a solicitor in 2016 before joining a top 50 UK law firm. John worked as a senior member in another Legal 500 ranked contentious probate team in Cardiff, before joining Hugh James in 2024 as a Senior Associate.

Education history

  • LLB Hons (2:1), University of Glamorgan: 2013
  • Postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice (Distinction and award for best performance in civil litigation), University of South Wales: 2014
  • Higher Rights of Audience (Civil Proceedings), University of Law London: 2017
  • Postgraduate diploma in Notarial Practice, University College London: 2019
  • ACTAPS diploma, University of Law London: 2020


  • Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Solicitors (ACTAPS)
  • Contentious Trusts Association (ConTrA)