Prior to joining Clyde & Co, John gained 17 years' experience as a deck officer and master of ships, mainly bulk carriers. 

Since 1992 when he joined the Firm, he has been investigating and advising clients on marine casualties including: fire and explosion, grounding, sinking, collision, damage to cargo, general average, sale and purchase disputes, personal injury, chartering issues, and insurance related disputes.

In addition to his "seafaring" skills John is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

John became a Legal Director in 2009.