John is a senior Bay St civil litigator with substantial trial experience. He was a partner with WeirFoulds LLP for many years. He withdrew from the Firm in April 2012 to set up his own civil and estates litigation practise based on the model of referred advocacy. He is a passionate promoter of rules of civil procedure that allow litigants to get their matters in front of a judge for determination. He is a mandatory mediation sceptic. He questions the increasingly popular view that a lawyer has failed the client if settlement is not achieved, and they end up at the courtroom door.