John Sandston

DDI: 03 546 7188
Mobile: 027 602 3989
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Areas of practice

– Criminal
– Family
– Youth Advocacy

John is a very experienced advocate in Family and Criminal law.

John regularly acts for the Nelson, Blenheim and Christchurch Family Courts as lawyer for children or parents. He is also categorised to receive instructions through Legal Aid for criminal and family matters.


John graduated LLB (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in 1987 and was admitted to the Bar in Christchurch in the same year.

John was first employed by Raymond Donnelly & Co – the Crown Solicitor for Christchurch – where he carried out Crown prosecution work involving a large number of jury trials.

In 1992 John moved to Nelson and was employed by McFadden McMeeken Phillips Lawyers, where he made partner in April 1994.

John left the firm in December 2010 to practise as a Barrister.


– Member of the Tasman Crown Solicitor’s Prosecution Panel
– Lay Member on the New Zealand Physiotherapy Board (appointment by the Minister of Health)
– Trustee of Maataa Waka (health and social services provider in Blenheim)
– Trustee of Southern Health School (appointment by the Minister of Education)
– Former president of the Nelson District Law Society
– Former Chairperson of the NZ Law Society Youth Justice Committee
– Former member of the NZ Rugby Union’s Club Rugby Committee.


Outside work, John enjoys spending time with his family, travelling and rugby.