John Rhodes



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John graduated in law from Exeter University in 1973. John is the son of a German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) and holds both British and German nationalities.

John’s area of practice is corporate and commercial transactions involving share and asset purchases, corporate reorganisation, joint ventures, intellectual property, and distribution and agency. He focuses on clients from Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

For the last fifteen years, John has been living and working in Zurich for a Swiss law firm (with which he maintains close links); consequently he has extensive experience in private client matters with a cross-border element, including advice on domicile for tax purposes, immigration, inheritance tax and trust transactions.

John advises industrial and commercial clients is a wide variety of sectors.

John speaks German fluently and has a good knowledge of the Swiss-German dialect. John was first Secretary, then the Chairman of the British-German Jurists’ Association from 1986 to 2006, and also Company Secretary to the German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce. John has been Chairman of the London and Zurich Chapters and a Councillor of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and is currently a member of their London Chapter committee.

John’s principal interest outside the office is classical music: he sings in a choir and reviews concerts and opera for Seen and Heard International.


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