John Meredith-Hardy

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

Chambers and Partners 2016

John Meredith-Hardy

  • Called in 1989

Personal Injury

John has significant experience acting for claimants and defendants across the full range of personal injury claims.

The subject matter of claims includes accidents at work including factories, oilrigs, workshops, shops & offices; Occupational disease including asbestos related conditions; Road traffic accidents involving heavy goods vehicles, cars and motorbikes; Employment & holiday accidents abroad whilst on-land and on-ship.

Instructions include injuries resulting in Brain injury, Cerebral palsy and Spinal injuries of the utmost severity; Chronic pain, Amputation and Complex injuries resulting in lifetime care & therapy, adaptive housing and ancillary services. John undertakes CICA claims of the utmost severity, concerning nervous shock and Fatal accidents.

Examples of cases undertaken

Edmunds v W.L. Vallance Ltd – acting for a defendant in a High Court trial on liability and quantum with regard to an accident at work allegedly resulting in brain injury; Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 s.69 of relevance; claim dismissed

D v Gibraltar Health Authority – acting in a claim by a medical professional for work related illness in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar and in the Court of Appeal of Gibraltar

L v Surbiton Town Sports Club Limited T/A Surbiton Town Raceway – acting in a claim against a company operating a karting track in circumstances where the claimant sustained poly-trauma in consequence of an accident on the track and a loss of a chance to have pursued a career as a management consultant

AAA represented by her litigation friend BBB v MIB & another – approval of a 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 – High Court trial relating to, inter alia, apportionment of damages following consecutive road traffic accidents, one in Poland followed two years mater by an accident in the UK

Jesmin v WH Smith Retail Holdings Ltd – County Court trial – chronic pain claim for substantial damages dismissed after a trial and damages awarded for minor soft tissue injury

Ibidapo-Obe v Selimi – brain injury following a collision with a car whilst a pedestrian

McMaster v Pringle – complex & severe brain injury that included lifetime claims for damages across the spectrum of recoverable loss

Middlemiss v Ministry of Defence – Junior soldier injured whilst paint balling & sustaining serious eye injuries

Woods v Fiserv Ltd – repetitive strain injury claim relating to work place injuries in an office environment

Rutley-Frayne v Meller – Fatal Accident and personal injury of the utmost severity including loss of a leg and arm

Weale v Todd – complex pain case including substantial business loss & expert accountancy evidence

Ward v First Central Insurance Ltd – poly-trauma and brain injury sustained in an extremely serious road traffic accident

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

McGonigle & another v Fineturrret Ltd v Morgan Est PLC v Farrans Construction Ltd v Format Urzadzenia I Montaze Przemyslowe SP Z.O.O. – multi-party liability dispute following an accident on a major infrastructure project

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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

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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)

Directory Quotes


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

“He shows meticulous attention to detail”

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

“He has an excellent legal mind, and a charming and natural rapport with clients”

“He is great on drilling down into the details, has a robust but sympathetic approach with clients and prepares excellent schedules of loss”

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Personal Interests


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