John Meredith-Hardy

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

Chambers and Partners 2016

John Meredith-Hardy

  • Called in 1989

Commercial

John is instructed in commercial contractual disputes; Unregulated commercial lending; Sale of services including mortgage broking; Company directors and duties; Building disputes involving the construction of domestic housing and commercial property, Property disputes involving shops, hotels and farms and the Sale of goods including Engines and Mechanical devices.

Complex issues of causation of loss and quantification of damages arise in the work undertaken by John.

Examples of cases undertaken

C v Hanson Quarry Products Europe Ltd t/a Hanson Aggregates – supply of sub-standard tarmacadam topping for tennis courts and consequential loss

Nusantara Energy Ltd v Healey – Commercial Court trial – breach of director’s duties, director’s negligence and breach of fiduciary duty

Briggs v Quore – dispute over meaning & effect of a share purchase agreement in the telecoms space (mobile phones)

UK Acorn Finance Limited v Vincent – agricultural mortgages & a claim for Consumer Credit Act 1974, s.140B relief

Acorn Country Capital Limited v Walker – High Court trial – agricultural mortgages & a claim for Consumer Credit Act 1974, s.140B relief and breach of fiduciary duty

Pilcher v Stan & others – advance fee fraud, freezing injunctions and recovery of ‘money had & received’

Penna PLC v Huawei Technologies (UK) Co Ltd – breach of contract in the employment recruitment field

Jawaheer v AIB GROUP (UK) P.L.C. – breach of contract by a bank following a business restructure

Hankey v Sealine International Ltd – County Court trial – action against Sealine International for engine failure 5 years after purchase

Gewefa UK Ltd v Saro Engineering (Merthyr) Ltd – quality and fitness for purpose of specialist machine tools supplied to an engineering company

May v Motortech Marine Engineering Ltd – County Court trial – action against engine supplier for engine failure

Also see under ‘Insurance’ for other claims concerning commercial law

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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

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


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

Directory Quotes


Legal directories quotations

“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