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

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

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


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

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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