Areas of Law Archive

Property Insurance Litigation

Our property insurance litigation team is formed by members with backgrounds in real property and tortious disputes.

We advise and undertake trials across the country in cases involving damage to property.

Members of the team have expertise in the following areas:

  • Explosion
  • Fire
  • Flood
  • Impact (falling trees and vehicles)
  • Structural damage from subsidence due to construction activities, tree roots and landslip etc

Those with backgrounds in insurance law also advise and conduct cases involving issues of insurance coverage claims avoidance and fraud.

We act for a variety of local authorities, statutory undertakers and insurers (both in defending claims and in pursuing recovery from others by way of subrogated actions), and private clients.

Court of Protection

St Johns Chambers has a large and specialist Court of Protection team which has extensive experience in undertaking all types of cases in the Court of Protection.

We can offer barristers of all levels of seniority who are equipped to deal with the whole range of Court of Protection cases. They combine their knowledge of mental capacity law and mental disability with a practical approach and reliable advice and judgment.

We have experience in cases at all levels of complexity, from District Judge to High Court Judge. We undertake advisory and advocacy work at all stages, including contested trials in the Court of Protection.

We receive instructions from across the range of parties including family members, the Official Solicitor and local authorities. We work in cases both locally and nationally, appearing in the Court of Protection in London, Wales, South West and other regions.

We have undertaken cases raising novel issues of principle and practice, including issues relating to the Court of Protection Rules, costs, publicity, deputyship including both welfare and property and affairs deputies, and mediation in the Court of Protection.

In property and affairs cases chambers has particular expertise in the management of cases involving large personal injury awards, often for persons with an acquired brain injury. Members also have extensive experience of dealing with contested deputyship and LPA applications, applications for statutory wills, and cases involving allegations of financial abuse.

We offer a flexible service and can provide preliminary advice on the best way to deal with any situation with an emphasis on the sensitivity and best interests issues which often characterise disputes arising in this jurisdiction.

Our dedicated clerking team know the procedures of the Court well. Urgent and out of hours cases are often dealt with.

Our expertise includes:

  • Property and Affairs matters generally
  • Trusts
  • Gifts
  • Statutory wills
  • Allegations of financial abuse
  • Settlement and administration of personal injury awards
  • Deputyship issues – property and affairs and welfare deputies
  • LPAs and EPAs
  • Welfare/best interests decisions
  • Medical treatment
  • Welfare decisions relating to care, residence, family contact
  • Deprivation of liberty issues

Administrative Law

“St John’s public and administrative group has dealt with significant judicial reviews recently.” Legal 500 (2016)


In this burgeoning area members of our administrative law team provide expert advice and specialist advocacy.

Our clients include both public authorities and those affected by the acts or omissions of public bodies, whether corporate and business clients or private individuals.

We cover all areas of Administrative Court work, including judicial review.  We are also experienced in dealing with public law issues when they arise in private proceedings and where they impinge on commercial dealings, including public procurement.

For those practising in the South-West this is doubly important since the courts in Bristol are able to hear Administrative Court cases since November 2012. This is an important advantage to all practitioners and their clients and means the delays and costs involved in going to London can now be avoided.   We will be happy to explain how the new jurisdiction will work in practice.

Our team regularly delivers lectures to solicitors and other professionals on recent developments in the law and practice. If you are interested in arranging a lecture then please contact our clerks.

Professional Negligence

Our professional negligence team covers disputes concerning breach of contract and duty by:

  • Solicitors
  • Barristers
  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Estate agents
  • Financial advisers
  • Surveyors and other professionals

We field a team of 24 barristers and are able to offer expertise at all levels of call with experience in every area. We act for both claimants and defendants and have an excellent reputation in providing first class advocacy and advice.

Our members act for a wide range of professional bodies, insurers and individuals. They provide expert analysis to such claims because they practice in the underlying areas. In addition to their reputation as highly professional expert lawyers, members are also known for their direct and approachable manner.

The team divides into two groups.  Some members of the team are professional negligence specialists who are experienced in claims against a wide-range of professionals in many differing factual situations.  The other members are experienced in claims relating to their particular practice areas, such as family law and personal injury claims.

The clerks can assist in directing clients to members with the appropriate expertise.

Our team regularly delivers lectures to solicitors and other professionals on recent developments in the law and practice. If you are interested in arranging a lecture then please contact our clerks.


“The set’s members regularly appear in the Employment Tribunal, County and High Courts, and cover all types of employment law work.” Chambers UK, Employment (2014)


Members of the team have expertise in all areas of employment related law, and regularly appear in both the Employment Tribunal and the County and High Courts in relation to employment based disputes.

All types of work in employment law are covered, from basic unfair dismissal and contractual/wrongful dismissal claims through to more complex issues of discrimination, victimisation, whistle-blowing, working time, part-time worker pension schemes, and claims for stress-related illness.

Members undertake internal disciplinary inquiries and proceedings (for private companies, public bodies and individuals), disputes concerning directorial shareholdings, and restraint of trade litigation. They also advise on public law issues relating to the dismissal of officers of local authorities.

Five members of the team are panel counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. As members of that panel, they provide advice and representation to the Commission to assist in the furtherance of its statutory remit to promote and monitor human rights and to protect, enforce and promote equality.

Members regularly act for both employees and employers, and Chambers has a broad client base which includes government departments and local authorities.

Our team regularly delivers lectures to solicitors and other professionals on recent developments in the law and practice. If you are interested in arranging a lecture then please contact our clerks.