John Meredith-Hardy

He is very responsive, thorough and a good tactician." "He is hugely reliable, very consistent with his advice and truly exceptional in his attention to detail.

Chambers and Partners 2021

John Meredith-Hardy

  • Called in 1989

Public Access

John receives instructions by public access across the range of areas of work that he undertakes. Anyone can now go directly to a barrister without having to involve anyone else (e.g. a solicitor) and this presents a cost effective and efficient approach to obtaining legal advice.

John provides advice on legal status or rights, drafts documents and can provide representation in court and at mediations. John can also negotiate on your behalf by telephone, at face-to-face joint settlement meetings, mediations and at court.

Assistance in pursuing claims via the Financial Ombudsman, the Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman & Local Government Ombudsman can also be provided.

Examples of public access work undertaken:

I v Scottish Provident / Royal London Mutual Insurance Society – insurance coverage dispute concerning disability income benefit; claim successfully pursued through the FOS

P v Hospital & Medical Care Association – insurance coverage dispute regarding medical expenses insurance; claim successfully pursued through the FOS

Earls Court Properties v S – value & quality of building works undertaken

Sparrow v M – personal injury claim alleging damages for assault

Recent advisory work by way of public access has included:-

• advising an insurance broker regarding professional indemnity coverage and the broker’s duty of fair presentation of risk

• advising on insurance policy coverage following a robbery from a luxury store

• advising on insurance policy coverage, average clauses, reinstatement values, Declared values and “Day One Inflation provisions” in a commercial property policy following destruction of commercial property by fire

• advising on the recovery of professional fees of loss adjusters following settlement of claims by reason of the Water Industry Act 1991, s.209 against a utility company

• advising in a claim against a company operating a health center for its liability for breach duty of a subcontractor health care professional

• advising in a claim against solicitors and medical experts following settlement of a clinical negligence claim

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Notable Cases

Keogh v Shakier & others
Acting for the MIB by its alleged Article 75 insurer where another insurer was stated to be on cover and Consumer Rights Act 2015 s.49 & 50, CIDRA 2012 & ICOBS were in issue

TRW Pensions Trust v Whirlpool & others
Acting for the manufacturer of components for dishwashers in a product liability claim following a fire at commercial premises

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

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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.

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.

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 Chief Executive/Director of Clerking, Paul Cray. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at

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:

“His attention to detail is fantastic and his advice on high-value claims is always sound.” Chambers UK

“Faultless in terms of his knowledge on motor policy coverage issues.” Chambers UK

“Once instructed he immerses himself completely in the case, considering all aspects so as to best advise.” Legal 500

“He is very responsive, thorough and a good tactician.” “He is hugely reliable, very consistent with his advice and truly exceptional in his attention to detail.”

“Very good technical counsel in relation to both specific laws and regulations and also figures, but marries that to very strong practical and pragmatic advice.”

“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”


Personal Interests

  • Motor cycling
  • Sailing
  • Mountaineering & ski touring
  • Paragliding and other adventure sports