John Burrell

Consultant, Head of Family and Private Client

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I joined Gordon Dadds in 2014 from Davenport Lyons. I have substantial expertise and experience in all areas of family law. Over the course of my career I have acted for many high profile clients. My practice focuses on complex issues arising from the breakdown of relationships as well as their formation. I have considerable expertise in addressing the impact upon the adults and children involved in a relationship breakdown.

What is your most interesting legal experience?

My most interesting legal experience was resolving the Masry litigation by supported mediation with Nicholas Mostyn QC as opposition.

What are you most passionate about (professionally)?

I have been a full member of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors’ Family Law Association) since its inception and try always to encourage a non-confrontational approach. I regularly attend seminars on the psychology of relationships, their breakdown, the impact upon children gaining a holistic understanding of the overall dynamics of couples’ relationships and their termination.

Davenport Lyons

Nottingham University, BA Law


The Legal 500 – recommended lawyer for Family, in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, described as “very knowledgeable and works very hard” and "exceptionally calm. He can make the most excitable client calm and upbeat and is hugely, hugely experienced", recommended for Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate.

Chambers UK – ranked in Chambers UK 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in Band 4 for Family/Matrimonial and described as an "intelligent, thoughtful man who works hard and puts forward a very good case in court", "very good all-round family lawyer who fights his client's corner very well”.

Citywealth’s Leaders List - noted for his Family and Matrimonial work in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Resolution: SWL and Collaborative Law PoD


Tel: +44 (0) 20 7759 1410


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