John focuses on litigation and dispute resolution in the areas of construction and commercial law, employment law, and human rights matters.
In the area of construction law, John has extensive experience in representing clients in building envelope deficiency cases, and both owners and contractors in builders’ liens and deficiency claims. He also advises in tendering law claims, and in the drafting of tender packages.
In commercial law, John has represented clients in shareholder disputes, receivership matters, commercial arbitrations, and commercial tenancy disputes.
He also regularly advises strata corporations on condominium-law issues.
John is well known for his representation of both employers and employees in wrongful dismissal cases, human rights disputes, disability insurance claims, and cases involving post-employment competition or the use of confidential information by former employees. Much of John’s practice in employment law consists in advising employers on how to end employment relationships in a manner that minimizes the risk of litigation and risk to the employer in a cost-effective manner, and in advising employees on severance packages. He also advises on the drafting of employment contracts. John’s view is that in employment law the old adage that an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is particularly true.
Professional Membership and Activities
- Member, Law Society of BC, Canadian Bar Association, Victoria Bar Association
- Speaker, Employment Law, various business groups and legal education providers
- Admitted to Practice, British Columbia, 1992
- Admitted to Practice, Ontario, 1990
- LLB, Osgood Hall Law School, York University, 1990
- BA (Hons.), Queen’s University, 1985