John Meredith-Hardy

He is very thorough, hard-working and possesses an incisive intellect.

Chambers and Partners 2016

John Meredith-Hardy

  • Called in 1989

General Common Law

John receives instructions in Property & related disputes such as nuisance for collapse of land, falling trees, tree roots & escape of water; Boundary disputes; Fraud and dishonesty in the commercial & employment contexts; Recovery of the proceeds of crime in the civil courts and Employment disputes & contracts.

Examples of cases undertaken

Keevil v Steele & Bray Ltd – acting for the defendant and its insurers in a claim for nuisance allegedly occurring between adjoining domestic and commercial premises

C v Google & others – advising in a claim on the right to be forgotten

Nusantara Energy Ltd v Healey – Commercial Court trial – a claim concerning inter alia an executive chairman’s remuneration in the UK and Indonesia

SWT Ltd v Hind & Steel – TCC trial – issues concerning liability for trees by an occupier and the duty of care owed by a tree surgeon to third parties

James v E.H. Whybrow & Co Limited – claim for trespass relating to building works undertaken by a neighbour

Ferguson v Ossett Brewery Pub Co Ltd – nuisance claim concerning land slip and damage to neighbouring land

Carmichael & Sons (Worcester) Ltd v NIG – Rylands v Fletcher claim successfully defended following a land slip

Baker v Phillips – County Court trial – easements & water access dispute resolved in favour of the Claimants at a trial

Shurmer v Council of the City & County of Swansea – nuisance claim following collapse of an embankment

Director of the Assets Recovery Agency v Jackson [2007] EWHC 2553; [2007] All ER (D) 149 (Nov) – High Court trial – the second ARA case to be heard in England for civil asset recovery

H v a local education authority – ET hearing – sex, disability and unfair dismissal (all successful in the ET) and pursued to a final conclusion almost to the door of the EAT (6 figure settlement)

Uglow v Uglow & Ors – High Court trial; appeal to CA – Proprietary estoppel dispute over a farm and related buildings

Also see under ‘Insurance’ for other claims concerning common law causes of action

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Notable Cases


Edmunds v W.L. Vallance Ltd
High Court trial on liability and quantum with regard to an accident at work allegedly resulting in brain injury; acting for the defendant & the claim was dismissed

NIG v Hussain & others
Recovery claim pursuant to Monk v Warbey, Article 75, the Road Traffic Act 1988, s.151 and the MIB Uninsured Drivers Agreement

AAA by her litigation friend BBB v MIB & another
Settlement of £4 million plus interim payments of £357,725 for a brain injury sustained in an RTA when age 2 & age 21 on date of settlement.

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XP v (1) Compensa Towarzystwo SA (2) Bejger
High Court trial relating to, inter alia, apportionment of damages following consecutive road traffic accidents, the first in Poland followed two years later by an accident in the UK.

Nusantara Energy Ltd v Healey
Breach of company director’s duties, director’s negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.

Jesmin v WH Smith Retail Holdings Ltd
Chronic pain claim for substantial damages dismissed after a trial and damages awarded for minor soft tissue injury.

UK Acorn Finance Limited v Vincent
Agricultural mortgages & a claim for Consumer Credit Act 1974, s.140B relief.

SWT Ltd v Hind & Steel
Issues concerning liability for trees by an occupier and the duty of care owed by a tree surgeon to third parties.

Bardsley v Dovehaven Nursing Home
Successful defence of a claim for negligent care by a nursing home.

D v CICA
CICA claim for a victim of child abuse resulting in brain injury and spastic quadriplegia.

Carmichael & Sons (Worcester) Ltd v NIG
Insurance indemnity claim successfully defended following a land slip.

Pilcher v Stan & Others
Advance fee fraud, freezing injunctions and recovery of 'money had & received'.

Ferguson v Ossett Brewery Pub Co Ltd
Nuisance claim concerning land slip and damage to neighbouring land.

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If you would like to instruct John Meredith-Hardy or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by senior clerk Alan Kilbey MBE. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

For more information about our clerking team, please click here for the clerks page.

Appointments & Memberships


Professional Negligence Bar Association
Personal Injury Bar Association
Western Circuit

Education & Qualifications


1987 MA (Hons) History & International Relations (St. Andrews)
1988 Diploma in Law (Central London)

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“He has great attention to detail and makes sure no stone is unturned”

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Personal Interests


  • Mountaineering & Ski Touring
  • Motor Cycling
  • Paragliding
  • Sailing