John has been an immigration barrister at Kenworthy’s Chambers since 2006. Prior to this, he managed voluntary services, notably the Manchester-based HIV campaigning organisation George House Trust 1990-2000 and then Bury Law Centre. He is a member of the Bar Council’s Civil Legal Aid and Pro Bono subcommittees.
Together with the other activists who were to become the founding members of Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC), John was involved in fighting against legal aid cuts and defending the South Manchester Law Centre (SMLC) against closure. This included representing South Manchester Law Centre in successfully gaining permission for judicial review of the Legal Services Commission’s irrational contracting procedures in 2010. This campaign led directly to the setting up of GMLC in 2014.
John has been Chair of the GMLC Management Committee from the beginning. He is also a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee, Campaign & Development Committee and the Strategic Litigation Organising Group (SLOG).