John is delighted to announce that his application for silk in the 2020/21 Competition has been successful. He will be appointed one of Her Majesty’s Counsel on a date to be announced in March 2021.
John practises exclusively in clinical negligence and serious personal injury cases, acting for Claimants and Defendant Trusts, indemnity providers and insurers.
Predominantly acting alone, he is regularly against silks at JSM, in interim hearings and at Trial.
John’s heavy clinical negligence caseload includes obstetric injury including brain injury and brachial plexus injury, delays in treatment and diagnosis (especially cancer) and life-changing injuries arising from surgical and medical mismanagement.
Details of some of these cases are available by following the links to John’s specialist areas of clinical negligence practice.
John is regularly instructed in cases at the cutting edge of evolving law including wrongful birth, IVF accidents, failures in obtaining informed consent and a strong vein of cases involving secondary victims. Many of his cases involve multiple Defendants, and he is skilled at exploring and distilling complex issues of causation and quantum. Many of his cases involve consideration of periodical payments, accommodation issues and statutory funding.
John is often instructed in cases where serious personal injury has been followed and worsened by medical mishap.
John is particularly adept handling expert witnesses in conference and at Trial and enjoys working closely with the solicitor client on difficult cases. He is regularly commended for his client care skills.
John is consistently recommended in the directories and has in recent years achieved Top Ranked status from Chambers UK Bar and Leading Individual Tier 1 status from Legal 500.
“A very insightful barrister - he is calm, measured and gets to the heart of issues quickly.” “An undoubted talent. His advice is first-class and he can be relied upon to produce the very best results possible, regardless of value and complexity. He is an extremely talented advocate and his attention to detail is second to none.”
Chambers UK 2021 (Clinical Negligence)
“A formidable advocate with razor-sharp knowledge and excellent client care skills with catastrophically injured clients.”
Legal 500 2021 (Clinical Negligence)
“He is an absolutely standout barrister who can turn around any kind of case.” “He is able to advise clients in very technical issues in a concise, straightforward manner.” “He has a brilliant manner with clients and has an aura which makes all of those involved feel at ease.”
Chambers UK 2020
“An extremely diligent barrister with a keen eye for the details.”
Legal 500 2020
“He is incredibly calm under pressure and tactically astute. An absolute joy to work with – one of the Bar’s best kept secrets and as good as any junior in London. He stands out for his attention to detail, willingness to be proactive and practical as well as his sympathetic manner with clients.”
Chambers UK 2019
“A standout performer”
Legal 500 2019
“Very good with clients, and on technical issues he is second to none. He is efficient and measured with a calm exterior whilst being a shrewd and skilled advocate. He tells it like it is, and his advice is brilliant”
Chambers UK 2018
“A methodical lawyer with a tenacious approach”
Legal 500 2017
“No-one can beat him when it comes to detail. Exceptionally sharp but also has a way of making clients feel utterly at ease. He is a fantastic litigator, always prepared and incredibly pragmatic with real tactical nous. John is a very astute practitioner. He is a really good negotiator.”
Chambers UK 2017
“A fantastic barrister, who achieves exceptional results”
Legal 500 2016
Queen’s Counsel (forthcoming, 2021)
Director and Member of Chambers Management Committee, No5 Barristers’ Chambers
Advocacy Trainer, Midland Circuit
Personal Injuries Bar Association
BCL (Oxon) 1998
LLB (Hons) (Bris) 1997