Head of Family Law
John is head of the Family Department at the firm and heads up the Kendal office.
After qualifying as a solicitor in 1995 in Kent and then moving to the South Lakes in 2006, John joined Harrison Drury in 2016 .
He specialises in advising on all matters relating to relationship breakdown and family disputes, and is particularly experienced at dealing with complex financial and child-related cases, including the following: pensions, foreign property, companies and trusts, IVF cases, general child arrangements, and same-sex couple disputes.
John is an experienced and renowned Collaborative Lawyer and has been quoted in the national press about his practice. He particularly enjoys using the process to achieve amicable, well-thought-out settlements for his clients, avoiding court and saving stress and expense.
He is highly-regarded as an engaging speaker at events when presenting on Collaborative Law and other family topics, and regularly presents at schools to assist with the challenges they face in relation to children’s proceedings and parental responsibility.
John is on the Board of Trustees of the Lake District Foundation a charity that inspires businesses, visitors and other donors to support projects and programmes of work across the Lake District.
He has also found some time to lead the office band “Harrison Fury”, who play a number of shows through the year for charity. He has also led the band to victory in both the Manchester and London “Law Rocks” competitions, raising funds for various charities in the process.
John’s main commitment outside of work is writing for and performing with his band Northern Sky, who have had many songs broadcast on BBC Radio and released an album and several singles through iTunes and Spotify.
He also enjoys walking and skiing with his family and the occasional, though not generally successful, round of golf.
John’s News and Advice
Harrison Drury’s resident band rocks London’s iconic 100 Club
Harrison Fury, resident band of Harrison Drury solicitors, has triumphed in the latest Law Rocks! competition for the South of England, less than 12 months after winning the Northern regional…25/09/18
Am I legally a father? An update in the field of fertility treatment
Last year Harrison Drury explored an IVF case where a paperwork error meant a father had not been legally recognised. Olivia Bailey, trainee solicitor in the family department at Harrison…21/05/18
Charity gig raises cash for Kendal Mountain Rescue
A benefit concert by Cumbria-based acoustic band Northern Sky has helped raise over £1,000 for Kendal Mountain Search and Rescue Team. Harrison Drury teamed up with land and estate agents…
We’re undergoing IVF treatment: Am I legally a father?
Rebecca Patience, trainee solicitor in the family department at Harrison Drury, examines a recent case in which a paperwork error meant the father wasn’t recognised as a legal parent. The…17/05/17
Band’s gig to raise cash for South Lakeland Carers
Kendal-based acoustic band Northern Sky will play a charity show in Kendal later this month to raise money for South Lakeland Carers. Harrison Drury is proud to be sponsoring the…06/09/16
Can I get a divorce settlement without going to court?
With legal aid being phased out for many family-related cases, it is becoming more important than ever for some divorcing couples to consider an alternative to resolving their dispute in…15/02/16