John graduated in Law from Cambridge in 1964 and qualified as a Solicitor in 1967. John became a Senior Partner in his family firm J Eaton & Co in Bradford in 1972, and was President of Bradford Law Society in 1987, prior to merging the Private Client Department with Lupton Fawcett in 1988. In several cases, John has acted for the 4th or 5th generation of families to whom he or his predecessors have been the family solicitors for almost 100 years!
John is currently a Consultant Member at Lupton Fawcett and a former non-Executive Director of Jarvis Porter Plc. John was involved in the public flotation of Jarvis Porter in 1989, since when he has concentrated on private client matters; although he retains a foothold in the commercial world being the Chairman of two large Company Pension Funds (Gardner Denver Inc since 1985 and N G Bailey Ltd since 2008).
Some of John's memberships and appointments have included: Fellow of the Institute of Directors; Solicitors Benevolent Association; Mallowstreet (Pensions Forum); Trustee of various private Charitable Trusts; Chairman of Bradford Businessmens Association; Honorary Solicitor to Bradford & District Wool Federation; Past Honorary Solicitor and 'Legal Eagle' on local radio (Radio Pennine); and regular contributor to Radio 4 You & Yours on legal and financial matters.
Over the years John has also: been Chairman and Speaker at various financial and investment conferences (Millstream Europe, Daily Telegraph, The Money Show etc.); made regular contributions to various magazines including Vintage Times, Select, Leeds Life, Yorkshire Post, Law Society Gazette; and was responsible for the firm's entry in the Mail on Sunday's National competition for the "Best Financial Services Firm" where Lupton Fawcett were included in the national 'Top Twenty' firms. John has also made four appearances on BBC1's Pound for Pound.
- Law Society
- Member of the Chartered Securities Institute
- Institute of Financial Planning
- Professional Association of Independent Financial Advisers
- Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice
- 1964 Graduated with a Law Degree from Cambridge University, where he appeared in Footlights Revues with Graeme Garden, John Cleese, Bill Oddy, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle and Tim Brooke-Taylor. Played Trumpet and Piano (occasionally together!) in his own Trad Jazz Band "The Windy City Seven"; made an LP which sold 56 copies - he still has 52 left!
- 1967 Qualified as a Solicitor
- 1973-74 President of Bradford Jr Chamber of Commerce (when it won the Jr Chamber International Minneapolis Trophy for the Best Chamber in the World)
- 1979 Won Jr Chamber of Commerce Iceland Award for the Most Outstanding Member of British Jr Chambers
- 1987 President, Bradford Law Society and Speaker at the Law Society Conference in Vienna
- 1988 Became a Partner at Lupton Fawcett LLP
- 1993 Appointed to the National Law Society Financial Services sub-committee
- 1997 Winner of the Lawyer HIFAL Award for the Best Financial Services Firm
- 2001 Won Private Client Lawyer of the Year Award at Yorkshire Lawyer Awards Ceremony
- 2007 Appointed Trustee of Royal Armouries Development Fund
- 2010 Appointed Trustee of Arms & Armour Heritage Trust
- 2012 Elected President of Bingley Little Theatre
- 2012 Chairman of the Holiday Property Bond Members' Committee
When not at work
A Senator of Jaycees International and regular After-Dinner speaker, John is married with two children and two grandchildren.
His wife, Margaret, was awarded a Damehood in the 2010 New Year's Honours List, and has recently been made a Working Peer in the House of Lords.
His hobbies and interests include Music (from Monteverdi to Monty Sunshine!) - Playing piano and trumpet (sometimes together!) singing in Barbershop Quartets. travel, cricket (watching), cycling, skiing, walking & swimming (doing), theatre (watching and doing), dogs (2 labradors), Naturopathy, Environmental matters (member of Soil Association, Conservation Society, WWF, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace etc.) and campaigning for certain minority causes (keeping Fluoride out of the drinking water etc.).