John Burton, Partner

JOHN BURTON, Partner, specialist in all aspects of maritime law.

Contact John:

DDI: +64 4 494 6270
Mobile: +64 21 530 041
VCard: John Burton

John Burton, Partner

John is a specialist in all aspects of maritime law, with particular knowledge of admiralty practice, ship arrests, groundings, collisions, safe port/berth disputes, cargo recovery claims, ship building and ship repair contracts, ship sale and purchase, salvage and chartering.

John has had legal involvement with all of the major casualties on the New Zealand coast over the last 15 years including Jody F Millennium, Tai Ping, F.V. Kotuku and Rena.

John is the author of the New Zealand chapter of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Shipping Law 2015 Edition, available here.

John is a former committee member of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, and honorary solicitor to the Wellington Coastguard and Sailability Wellington Charitable Trust.

John is listed in:

  • Maritime Lawyer's section of "The Best Lawyers Guide" (United States).
  • Guide to the World's Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyers (United Kingdom).

John also maintains a specialist practice in internet law having acted for the regulator of the .nz domain space for many years.

Areas of expertise:

Commercial and corporate law
Energy law
Insurance law
Internet Law
Litigation and dispute resolution
Maritime law
Public and Administrative law


L.L.B., University of Canterbury, 1981
Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 1982
John joined Izard Weston in 1994, having previously worked in London and Wellington.

John's Personal Interests:

Keen yachtsman, interested in all things to do with ships and the sea, golf, food and skiing.