John was admitted to practise as an advocate in 1970. He prosecuted in the Department of Justice, initially in the Magistrate’s Courts and later in the Supreme Court. He commenced practice at the Johannesburg Bar as an advocate in January 1972 and became Senior Counsel in November 1986. He was a Chairman of the Bar Council from 1990-1991.
John acted as a judge of the Supreme Court in Johannesburg in August to September 1988 and received a permanent appointment in December 1991. He was Judge President of the Labour Appeal Court and Judge President of the Labour Court from April 1996 to January 1999.
John was sole member of Commission of Enquiry into “The Recent Violence and Occurrences at the East Driefontein, Leeudoorn and Northam Mines” during 1996.
During July to November 2001 he was the commissioner appointed in terms of s69A of the Banks Act into the collapse of Regal Treasury Private Bank Ltd.
From January to June 2002 he was chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the rapid depreciation of the Rand.
During August 2002 – March 2003 he conducted a review of the corporate governance of the five biggest South African banks in terms of s7 of the Banks Act, 1990.
During August 2003 to May 2004 he engaged as inspector in the investigation into the Corpcapital Group of Companies in terms of s258(2) of the Companies Act.
John was President of the South African Law Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) from 1998 to 2000, 2002-2003. He returned to practice as an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar in March 2001, specialising in commercial arbitrations and mediations, conducting confidential enquiries; and dispute resolution. He is a CEDR accredited mediator.
John is based in Johannesburg.
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