About The Lawyers
Born and raised in Kingston, John attended Regiopolis-Notre Dame High School and then Queen's University for both his undergraduate and law degrees. After working for a few years with larger firms in Toronto and Ottawa, John moved back to Kingston in 2007 and took over the law practice of David Caron, a partner at Black, Lloyd, Caron. When Black, Lloyd, Caron dissolved in 2011, John continued to run a busy sole practice specializing in real estate transactions, wills and estates and corporate and commercial transactions.
John is happy to be running such a busy and rewarding law practice in his hometown, and continues to serve clients of Evan Black, David Caron and now Alan Thomson as well as all the friends and acquaintances he has made here over the years. Whether you're buying your first home, needing advice regarding your Last Will and Testament or planning on buying or incorporating a business, John would be pleased to help you.
Drawing on his experience at larger commercial firms, John's practice is fully capable of providing sophisticated advice and support on complicated tasks that can include commercial mortgage financing, share purchases, commercial lease negotiations and succession planning for small businesses. While he enjoys the details of more complicated files, he understands that every client wants his or her lawyer to be direct and efficient. John will work with you to analyze and help you understand all the different sides to a particular problem and then solve that problem as quickly as possible.
Kit (Christopher) Skillicorn
Kit (Christopher) Skillicorn grew up in Kingston but has lived all over the world including England and Australia. He graduated with high honours from the University of Toronto and returned to his hometown to do his law degree at Queen's University.
Kit joined Thomson and Gowsell in 2017 as an associate lawyer and practices in the areas of Real Estate, Wills and Powers of Attorney and Estate Administration. He has a sharp wit and sense of humour and always works his hardest to make sure that every matter is dealt with thoroughly and efficiently.
Rano graduated from the University of Toronto's Law school, and while he began his career in civil litigation, he quickly found out he'd preferred to help keep his clients out of the courts. He switched to practice in residential and commercial real estate, wills and estate planning, estate administration and corporate law.
In corporate matters, Rano practices in such areas as incorporations, the purchase and sale of business share/asset, corporate restructuring, family trusts, share freezes, drafting shareholder agreements and corporate governance. In estate planning, he regularly advises on such matters as Henson Trusts, spousal trusts, corporate wills and insurance trusts.
Rano's goal is to find efficient, professional, and practical solutions to the issues that you face, regardless of how big or small they are.
Alan retired from active practice in May of 2017. Alan would like to thank all of his valued clients and wishes them well in all their future endeavours. He is confident they will continue to be well-served by the continuing members of Thomson & Gowsell.