John is a barrister at 5 Essex Court in London. He appears in civil and public law cases, including in the UK Supreme Court and Court of Appeal in proceedings about the protection and disclosure of confidential information. He also acts in and advises on cases involving charities: he is currently instructed in civil litigation by the Charity Commission of England and Wales, and has advised them previously on data sharing. He also acts for individual charities. He is on the Attorney General’s panel of counsel: the list of barristers who are instructed by the UK Government in civil law matters.
John practises in data protection, privacy and information law, including GDPR claims, as well as public law. He regularly acts for the Government, law enforcement agencies, regulators and private companies in litigation arising from data protection matters, and advises on policy questions such as how to approach information sharing, or whether the law permits particular novel uses of personal data. He also acts for individuals trying to assert their data protection rights, or to obtain information from public bodies.
He edits a monthly data protection law newsletter, DataBrief.co.uk. John was previously an Army officer who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.