John joined JMW as a Partner and Head of Brands from Gateley where he spent 23 years (21 as partner) in the Commercial Team. John trained with Alsop Wilkinson (now DLA).

John is a commercial lawyer with a strong leaning toward Intellectual Property (non–contentious matters). His particular areas of expertise include:-

  • Brand Licensing - John is widely regarded as one of the leading legal experts in the Brand Licensing Industry. His practice covers a wide range of services including drafting and advising upon Brand Licence Agreements and challenging Royalty Audits.
  • Sport – John has been providing advice to sports bodies and athletes for over 25 years. He advises on a wide range of commercial agreements and has a particular specialism in advising upon high value Sponsorship Agreements and Naming Rights Agreements
  • Franchising – John acts for a wide range of Franchisors and Franchisees in relation to non-contentious matters (including drafting and negotiating Franchise Agreements and Master Licences)
  • Intellectual Property – John advises upon all forms of Intellectual Property Exploitation and has many years’ experience of drafting and negotiating agreements related to this (including Patent Licences, Intellectual Property Assignments and Technology Development Exploitation Agreements)
  • Competition Law – John advises in relation to Anti-Competitive Agreements and Competition Law compliance and provides training in Competition Law and Competition policies for a number of his clients

In his spare time john enjoys playing ice hockey and tennis. John is a keen cook and is very fond of holidaying in far flung destinations.

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