John practices almost exclusively in the areas of personal injury and clinical negligence. Acting for both claimants and defendants in complex and high value claims, he appears regularly in the County and High Court. He has a particular interest in claims involving brain injury.
John has considerable trial experience and is well regarded by Instructing Solicitors as a tenacious and extremely effective courtroom advocate. He is also regularly instructed to attend Joint Settlement Meetings and provide advice (often at a very early stage) on complex issues of liability, quantum, evidence and tactics.
John has experience of complex and high value claims, including serious brain and spinal injuries and those involving chronic pain.
He has experience across the range of personal injury actions including road traffic, employer’s liability, public liability, product liability, fatal and sporting accidents. However, John has significant experience in employer’s liability claims and in particular those arising out of serious accidents on constructions sites.
John also has significant expertise in cases where fraud or fundamental dishonesty is alleged. Acting primarily for defendants in this area, he has secured a number of findings of fundamental dishonesty for major insurer clients both after trial and following stand-alone applications. He also has experience in the use of surveillance footage, telematics and other intelligence evidence.
John also has experience of industrial disease work and occupational stress claims. He has detailed knowledge of the issues that commonly arise in such litigation.
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John has experience of dealing with clinical negligence claims, often involving complex issues of liability, causation and quantum.
Examples of his current or recent work include:
John has particular experience and expertise in cases involving allegations of fraud and/or fundamental dishonesty. Acting primarily for defendants in this area, he has secured a number of findings of fundamental dishonesty for major insurer clients both after trial and following stand-alone applications. He has experience of cases involving the use of surveillance footage, telematics and other intelligence evidence as well as cases involving fabricated or induced accidents, often requiring detailed consideration of expert engineering evidence.
John has significant experience in the field of regulatory and professional discipline, with a particular focus on the healthcare sector. He has regularly appeared before disciplinary tribunals and in particular the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Conduct and Competence Committee in Fitness to Practice hearings. He has experience in dealing with substantial and complex cases often involving serious allegations of misconduct and lack of competence.
John also practises in the field of sports law. He has been appointed as a Judicial Panel Member for the Rugby Football Union hearing disciplinary hearings involving both on and off-field conduct at Levels 1-5 of the game.
John also has wider experience of other regulatory proceedings, including claims management services regulation, having represented the first ever company to be prosecuted for offences under the Compensation Act 2006.
As a keen sportsman himself, John has a particular interest in the crossover between sports and his other areas of work. He has a particular interest in accidents occurring in the course of both professional and amateur sports.
John’s practice also covers the regulatory aspects of sports law. He has been appointed as a Judicial Panel Member for the Rugby Football Union hearing disciplinary hearings involving both on and off-field conduct at Levels 1-5 of the game.
John has experience of cases involving personal injury in the Travel Law sphere. He acts on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants in cases brought under the Package Travel Regulations, Montreal and Athens conventions. Recent examples include road traffic accidents abroad, accidents in hotels (such as slips, trips and falls), food poisoning claims and accidents suffered whilst on board a plane or in transit in an airport.
John is experienced in advising in respect of issues concerning disputed and/or multiple RTA insurance cover, the provisions of the Road Traffic Act 1988, Article 75 and the application and operation of the MIB Untraced and Uninsured Drivers agreements.
John also has experience of broader insurance litigation including property damage and product liability claims. Recent instructions include a claim in respect of fire damage to a property allegedly originating from a defective dehumidifier.
John has a broad experience of general civil and commercial litigation. His work has included actions involving breach of contract, negligence (including professional), misrepresentation and undue influence. He has experience in areas such as the sale of goods, supply of goods and services and personal guarantees. His experience also extends to the related areas of both corporate and individual insolvency.
John also has experience of property matters including both residential and commercial property. He has experience of landlord and tenant actions, possession claims (including trespassers), suspension of warrants, forfeiture of leases, orders for sale, charging orders and service charge disputes.
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Rugby Football Union Judicial Panel Member
Personal Injury Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
South Eastern Circuit
City of London University, Inns of Court School of Law, BVC
University of Bristol, LLB (Hons) Law
St Olave’s Grammar School, Orpington
“A solid, reliable and dependable barrister. Technically adept, well researched and thorough in his approach. Plain speaking and pragmatic in his advice… a pleasure to instruct and provides a quality of work and expertise that you can have every confidence in.”
John is ranked as a ‘Leading Junior’ in Personal Injury by Legal 500.
‘John is an exceptionally skilled and zealous advocate. He always shows forensic attention to the detail of every case whether that be in written advice or on his feet.’ Legal 500, 2024
Having been a keen rugby player in his younger days, John’s sporting interests now principally involve attempting to travel long distances very slowly by means of swimming, cycling and running. This developed into completing an Ironman (in a respectable 11 hours 43 minutes). When time allows, he also enjoys playing golf and skiing.