John is a King's Counsel, Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Solomon Islands and Barrister of the Supreme Courts of Queensland and New South Wales and of the High Court of Australia. He is also a legal practitioner of the High Court of Kiribati. John is also a Notary Public for Solomon Islands. John has also been a member of the disciplinary committee of the Solomon Islands Bar Association.
He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours (University of Queensland, Australia) and Bachelor of Arts (University of Canterbury, New Zealand).
John specialises in commercial law (including company law, corporate restructuring, contract, banking and finance, resource law (mining and forestry) trade practices, equity and trusts, maritime law, insolvency and taxation). He has a special knowledge of forest resource law in Solomon Islands particularly with regards to customary law.
John’s role in the firm is both as in house counsel conducting major commercial litigation matters, drawing and settling pleadings and other court documents, providing formal counsel’s opinions as well as specialist commercial legal advisory services and drafting complex legal documents.