John’s practice has substantial transaction-based and project-based components. It also embraces ongoing advisory work to business clients ranging from large corporations to family businesses to fiduciaries. John has also had significant experience in directing major litigation for clients.

John advises clients who operate in a range of industries, including mining, bulk terminal operations, forestry, transportation, and in the financial institution, private investment and energy sectors. In addition, John has advised the Government of British Columbia on Securities Law reform, introduction of ESOP legislation and other matters, and has been involved in privatization and P3 projects.

After studying law at the University of Oxford, John taught law for six years before joining Lawson Lundell in 1981. John was the firm's Managing Partner from 2007 - 2009, a member of the Executive Committee from 2004 - 2006, and serves as Chair of the Conflicts and Ethics Committee.

Recognition and Ranking

  • 2017 Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016:
    • consistently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Corporate Commercial law
    • consistently recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Corporate Finance & Securities
  • Chambers Canada 2016: recognized in the Corporate/Commercial (British Columbia) category
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2016: recognized for Corporate Finance & Securities
  • Lexpert Special Edition 2016: Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining
  • Lexpert Special Edition 2016: Leading Canadian Lawyers in Infrastructure
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2015
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Securities Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013
  • Lexpert Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Corporate Commercial law
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: AV Peer Review rated

Professional Activities

  • Member, Host Committee, International Bar Association Conference, Vancouver, 2010
  • Member of the Independence and Self-Governance Committee, Law Society of British Columbia, 2006
  • Member of the Ethics Committee, Law Society of British Columbia, 2002 - 2005

Community Activities

  • Church Council, Member and Head of Personnel Committee

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (1982)

Education

  • University of Oxford (B.A., (Jurisprudence) 1974, First Class)
  • University of Oxford (B.C.L., 1975, First Class)

Selected experience includes:

  • Extensive experience with income funds including leading the largest IPO in British Columbia
  • Acting for over 15 years for British Columbia’s largest bulk terminal
  • Representing a local transportation authority in a P3 project for the construction of a rapid transit line at a cost of $1.7 billion
  • Advising a coal company on the development, financing and acquisition of new mines
  • Acting on the sale of a Canadian company operating hearing aid clinics in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia
  • Counsel to the special committee of the board of a forest products company in relation to the recapitalization of its $1.2 billion debt

John has written numerous articles, chaired and participated in numerous seminars and conferences and presented papers on a diverse range of topics. These include:

  • income funds
  • B.C. securities law reform
  • governance and fiduciary issues
  • liabilities of directors of insolvent corporations
  • socially responsible investing
  • various trustee issues