John Brown

John Brown

  • Called in 2005

John Brown practises predominately in the areas of personal injury and clinical negligence. Acting for both claimants and defendants he regularly appears in both the County and High Court and has experience of complex and high value claims.

John has considerable trial experience and is well regarded by Instructing Solicitors as a tenacious and extremely effective courtroom advocate. As well as regularly appearing at trial his practice involves providing written advice on issues of liability, quantum, evidence and tactics as well as all drafting including complex pleadings and schedules of loss.

Personal Injury

John has experience across the range of personal injury actions including road traffic accidents, employer’s liability, occupier’s liability, product liability, Highways Act, Animals Act, fatal and sporting accidents. He has experience of dealing with complex injuries including spinal, chronic pain/fibromyalgia and brain injuries.

John also has experience of industrial disease work, principally Nosie Induced Hearing Loss, and occupational stress claims. He has detailed knowledge of the issues that commonly arise in such litigation.

Examples of his current or recent work include:

  • Acting for a 19 year old Claimant who sustained significant and complex orthopaedic and neurological injury to his leg such that elective through knee amputation is currently being considered.
  • Acting for a Claimant who developed a chronic pain condition following an RTA. He was a successful businessman whose business and income suffered significantly. Claim valued at around £1.4m.
  • Instructed by a Claimant who sustained multiple and life-threatening injuries and whose partner passed away following injuries sustained in a serious road traffic accident. Claim (including Fatal Accidents Act claim) pleaded in the region of £800,000.
  • Acted for the Defendant in a case involving a brain injury with an estimated value in the region of £3 million.
  • Instructed on behalf of a young female Claimant who sustained an acquired brain injury following a skull fracture in a road traffic accident. Her injuries included difficulties with cognitive and motor function as well as marked personality changes.

Clinical Negligence

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:

  • Delayed treatment for complex fracture to the elbow requiring radial head replacement leading to the development of ulnar neuritis and increased risk of arthroplasty.
  • Delayed diagnosis of a child’s allergy to chemical components in his prothesis leading to the development of dermatological symptoms and significant restriction in prosthesis use.
  • Failure by an optometrist to urgently refer to hospital in circumstances where there was an unexplained significant reduction in vision over a 6 month period resulting in reduced prognosis following corrective surgery.
  • Dental negligence claims including failure to diagnose, monitor and treat periodontal disease and negligent provision of implants.

Civil Fraud

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 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.

Regulatory & Disciplinary

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.

Sports Law

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 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. He also has experience of broader insurance litigation including property damage claims.


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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Appointments & Memberships

Rugby Football Union Judicial Panel Member

Personal Injury Bar Association

Professional Negligence Bar Association

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

South Eastern Circuit

Education & Qualifications

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.

Personal Interests

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. He recently completed Ironman Italy in 2019. When time allows he also enjoys playing golf and skiing.