Work History and Education

John has been practising at Cox Taylor since his call to the Bar in 1983. John has a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Marine Biology from the University of Victoria (1977) and a law degree from the University of British Columbia (1982).

John is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association, the Victoria Bar Association, The Canadian Homebuilders Association, the Urban Development Institute, and a life member of the Victoria City Rowing Club.

John has been an active volunteer for amateur sport in B.C., serving on numerous sport and community boards and committees including serving as Chair of the Board of Sport B.C. John is the past President of the Victoria City Rowing Club.

“People say, ‘You can’t fight City Hall.’ In my experience, it’s usually not a fight my clients should be looking for. What you can often do is find a solution at City Hall. It can however be challenging, with 162 municipalities in B.C., each with their own issues, problems and personalities. Sometimes you do have to eliminate a barrier by resort to the courts, but the object is always to achieve a solution in an effective way.”