John was educated at Sherborne School and St. Catharine's College Cambridge, qualifying as a solicitor in 1972.

His was a partner at Burchell & Ruston from 1975 to 2007 and senior partner from 1993 to 2006. He was also the Deputy Sheriff Greater London (1976-1993) and Under Sheriff (1994-2013). John has been a Freeman of the City of London since 1988 [Bowyer (1988) and City of London Solicitors Companies (1995)].

John’s memberships include

  • Under Sheriffs’ Association (past Hon Secretary)
  • Shrievalty Association (past Hon Secretary)
  • Sherborne Pilgrims (president 1997-2000)
  • Trustee of Sherborne Foundation
  • Director of the Barts Research Development Fund (1991-1997).

John is married and has two children and several grandchildren. His hobbies include golf and gardening.