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John has undertaken a range of professional negligence actions against solicitors for breach of duty in the conduct of personal injury, clinical negligence and commercial claims. Instructions have included claims against mortgage brokers, architects, surveyors, accountants and IFAs for failing to discharge their duties towards their client.
John's experience across a range of subject areas provides useful experience and insight when acting in cases concerning breach of duty and loss consequent on sub-standard professional conduct.
Resolution of disputes has been achieved by negotiation, mediation and joint settlement meetings, as well as by the Legal Ombudsman and litigation in the courts.
John provides a personal approach to resolving disputes on behalf of clients. This includes a preliminary review of the papers to form a view as to whether public access is the appropriate channel for the provision of advice & advocacy and a conference in person or by telephone to discuss the issues in the round. Unless agreed otherwise, no charge will be made for the preliminary review.
During the course of a case, conferences can be undertaken by telephone or in-person. In-person conferences can be at John's chambers at Farrar's Building, Temple, London or closer to where the client lives or works. John will travel throughout the country for this purpose. E-mail remains the means of communication of choice and John will provide a note of conferences and hearings so that there is a readily accessible record of where matters stand and 'next steps' to be undertaken.
John's key strength is in problem solving, identifying the appropriate tactical approach for the resolution of disputes and then executing the planned approach. John's approach is at all times client centered with the purpose of putting the client fully at ease with how matters are to be resolved.
Subject to diary & work commitments, John can act on short notice for hearings and turn around advices, case statements, grounds of appeal, skeleton arguments, as well as meeting in conference by telephone or in person, to meet your deadlines.
Whether it is representation at a hearing, a trial or an appeal, public access can be a cost effective approach to obtaining assistance with your case. John can advise in writing or in conference on the merits of your case. Advice from John at the outset of a case may prove invaluable to determine the tactical approach - to compromise quickly and to save costs, or to collect evidence and then negotiate. Often, it is a second opinion that is sought to help the client determine what offers should be made or accepted.
Evidence forms the centre point of all litigation and expert legal advice from John on these issues can make the difference between success and failure. All of the foregoing can be achieved in a more cost effective and timely fashion than by accessing legal advice via a firm of solicitors. If the involvement of a solicitor is required to assist with evidential or other issues, then a recommendation can be made at the appropriate time.
Examples of cases undertaken:-
Dey v Thurston – surveyor’s negligence in the conduct of a pre-purchase survey
Mcfarlane v Thompsons Solicitors (a firm) – solicitor’s negligence in the conduct of a personal injury action
Rogers v Andersoneden Solicitors (a firm) – solicitor’s negligence in the conduct of a personal injury action
Bennett v UNISON – union’s failure to protect their member’s interests; solicitors brought in as an Additional Party
Thomas v Countrywide Surveyors Ltd – surveyor’s negligence in the conduct of a pre-purchase survey
Russell Whyte v Thompsons Solicitors (a firm) – solicitor’s negligence in the conduct of a personal injury action
John's practice includes civil work within the High Court and County Court throughout England & Wales.
The breadth of John’s experience across a range of subject areas is of particular assistance to lay and professional clients due to the nature of civil litigation that frequently includes both, for example, professional negligence and personal injury, insurance coverage and liability issues, director’s duties and director’s remuneration etc.
John acts for both claimants and defendants and receives instructions via public access and from solicitors and insurers. John is an accredited mediator and is ‘Top ranked’ in Chambers UK Bar Directory and is a ‘Leading Individual’ in the Legal 500 in personal injury matters.
John practices from Farrar's Building, Temple, London & more information can be obtained from www.farrarsbuilding.co.uk
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What my clients say
Chambers & Partners “He is very thorough, hard-working and possesses an incisive intellect”
Legal 500 “He shows meticulous attention to detail”
Professional & academic
Chambers- Farrar's Building, Temple London EC4Y 7BD www.farrarsbuilding.co.uk
Appointments & Memberships-
London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
Personal Injury Bar Association
Education & Qualifications-
MA Hons, History & International Relations, St Andrews (1987)
Diploma in Law, London (1988)