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

Nusantara Energy Ltd v Healey – Commercial Court trial – a claim concerning inter aila 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

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Notable Cases


AAA by her litigation friend BBB v MIB & another EWHC 22.7.16
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.

XP v (1) Compensa Towarzystwo SA (2) Bejger [2016] EWHC 1728 (QB)
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 (2015)
Breach of company director’s duties, director’s negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.

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Jesmin v WH Smith Retail Holdings Ltd (2015)
Chronic pain claim for substantial damages dismissed after a trial and damages awarded for minor soft tissue injury.

Middlemiss v Ministry of Defence (2014)
Serious eye injuries sustained whilst a Junior Soldier.

UK Acorn Finance Limited v Vincent (2014)
Agricultural mortgages & a claim for Consumer Credit Act 1974, s.140B relief.

SWT Ltd v Hind & Steel (2014)
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 (2013)
Successful defence of a claim for negligent care by a nursing home.

D v CICA (2013)
CICA claim for a victim of child abuse resulting in brain injury and spastic quadriplegia.

Carmichael & Sons (Worcester) Ltd v NIG (2013)
Insurance indemnity claim successfully defended following a land slip.

Pilcher v Stan & Others (2013)
Advance fee fraud, freezing injunctions and recovery of 'money had & received'.

Ferguson v Ossett Brewery Pub Co Ltd (2013)
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


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

Directory Quotes


John Meredith-Hardy was listed in 2016 as a leading personal injury junior in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

Has a proven track record advising on CICA, fatal accident and catastrophic injury claims. He is highly regarded for expertise in handling asbestos exposure and other work-related claims.

Strengths: “He is very thorough, hard-working and possesses an incisive intellect.”
Chambers UK

‘He has great attention to detail and makes sure no stone is unturned.’
Legal 500

JMH personalised Ranked InTop_tier_firms

Personal Interests


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