John Dickinson

John Dickinson

Call 1995 (Middle Temple)
Qualifications BA Comb Hons (Exon.) ACA (Qualified as a Chartered Accountant 1991) Dip. Law (Distinction)
Professional Memberships Chancery Bar Association, Associate Member of the Association of Contentious Trust And Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), Associate Member of the Association of Pension Lawyers (APL), Western Chancery & Commercial Bar Association, Professional Negligence Bar Association, Financial Services Lawyers Association, ACA Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales).


  • Charges and debentures
  • Cheques and bills of exchange
  • Guarantees
  • Restitution and subrogation – cases include Bristol & West plc v. Bartlett [2001] All ER (D) 404
  • Commercial and consumer credit


  • “He has expertise in commercial dispute resolution and insolvency matters.” Legal 500, Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law (2017)
  • “John has amazing knowledge of the law, and an ability to carry out in-depth analysis of complex facts and issues.” Legal 500, Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law (2016)
  • Sale of goods
  • Restraint of trade
  • Retention of title
  • Contract – cases include DL Barrett & Sons v The City Council of Bristol 25/06/2010 Bristol Mercantile Court


  • Tracing and other equitable remedies

Injunction and Equitable remedies

  • Freezing injunctions
  • Search orders


  • “There is nothing he can’t get his head around. The areas he covers dovetail well, so you always get a view from more than one angle.” “He’s very calm, measured and accessible.” Chambers UK, Commercial Dispute Resolution (2018)
  • “A fantastic choice for contentious probate and chancery, sources praise his particular skill in cases that involve complex numbers. He regularly receives instructions involving banking or company law. “He is very bright, with a very analytical mind, and he’s able to break down the case into its constituent parts, then methodically explain how he formulates his view.’ ‘The most astute finance barrister on the Western Circuit.’ “ Chambers UK, Commercial Dispute Resolution (2017)
  • “John has amazing knowledge of the law, and an ability to carry out in-depth analysis of complex facts and issues.” Legal 500, Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law (2016)
  • ” ‘John’s attention to detail is amazing; he can plough through an impossibly large amount of information, find the necessary answers and tease out the issues needing further attention.’ ‘He has a very sharp mind and provides comprehensive, considered and commercial advice. He also provides superb service and is very client-focused.’ ” Chambers UK, Commercial Dispute Resolution (2016)

John specialises in:

  • Shareholders’ disputes
  • Directors’ duties


  • “Friendly and easy to deal with.” Chambers UK, Company (2018)
  • “Recognised for his extensive background in accountancy, John is a popular choice for a number of financial services clients, who instruct him on a range of company matters. ‘He’s very thorough and conscientious.’ ‘He is extremely user-friendly.’ ” Chambers UK, Company (2017)
  • “John is regarded for his work with partnership disputes, and for having extensive experience of handling share sales agreements among other company matters. His accounting background lends itself well to his representation of individuals and businesses.’I would definitely use him on contentious work without a doubt; John’s very good with numbers, very articulate and approachable.’ ” Chambers UK, Company (2016)


John specialises in:

  • Appointment and removal of a Property and Affairs Deputy
  • Appointment and removal of Health & Welfare Attorneys
  • Issues concerning Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Statutory Will applications
  • Bankruptcy
  • Liquidation
  • Administration
  • Receiverships


  • “John has amazing knowledge of the law, and an ability to carry out in-depth analysis of complex facts and issues.” Legal 500, Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law (2016)

John trained as a mediator at the London School of Mediation, was accredited in 2015 and now serves as both a mediator and as a representative at mediations. His approach to facilitative mediation is to control the process to help the parties be creative in constructing possible solutions. John sees his role as helping the parties use their own positions and interests to work towards a solution, leaving the parties respective lawyers to evaluate their case and offer any legal advice. John uses his extensive legal and commercial experience to help principled negotiations reach a resolution based on reason and objective criteria. If necessary John will test those positions. His experience as a mediator includes probate actions which better helps him to understand the parties’ positions. John finds mediation to be a very stimulating and rewarding part of his practice.

The feedback from clients following mediations include:


  • “My clients felt engaged, they liked John’s soft style and the fact he listened to them. I would use John again without fail.”
  • “Thank you for your invaluable help over the course of the day.”
  • “John was very calm, collected and quietly confident throughout the mediation offering a steady hand to guide the parties through the day to ultimately reach a sensible settlement.”
  • “I would be pleased to recommend him in the future.”
  • “The clients were pleased with John’s conduct of the mediation. They appreciated the time he took to listen to their concerns.”
  • “You did a great job getting us over the finish line.”
  • Accountants
  • Farming
  • Solicitors
  • Solicitors – cases include X v Woollacombe Yonge [2001] WTLR 308
  • Accountants
  • Financial institutions


  • “There is nothing he could not get his head around. He is the one I would go to with factually complex and obscure issues.” “He’s a good solid practitioner, and his background in accountancy means he’s well suited to this type of work.” Chambers UK, Professional Negligence (2018)
  • “John advises on professional negligence claims in the banking, accountancy and fraud sectors. He also assists with claims against engineers and solicitors. ‘He is very good with the clients and has a very keen commercial awareness.’ ‘He is very measured and very thorough; he leaves no stone unturned and one would always trust his advice.’ “ Chambers UK, Professional Negligence (2017)
  • “John is recommended for his handling of financial services negligence claims.  ‘You feel secure with John on board because you know that he not only sees the big picture but sees the details as well.’ ‘When I get written advice from him, I feel confident that he considered all aspects of papers and has covered everything.’ ” Chambers UK, Professional Negligence (2016)
  • Commercial and residential – cases include Foley Farms Ltd v. Rigby Sporting Ltd LTL 25/01/05
  • Conveyancing disputes
  • Easements
  • Landlord & tenant


  • “John’s practice is a mixed bag that includes both traditional and commercial chancery elements. He recently acted in Andrew Putin v William Harper et al, a dispute concerning the distribution of an estate between two children. Dickinson is admired for his ‘thoroughness and excellent attention to detail.’ “ Chambers UK, Chancery (2013)
  • “John is ‘a solid chancery advocate’ whose practice is oriented towards business and commercial disputes. ‘Very diligent and strong on detail,’ he is currently leading in an appeal launched by a local authority against a misfeasance of public office claim.” Chambers UK, Chancery (2012)
  • ” ‘utterly diligent’ John Dickinson, a lawyer singled out for his ‘confident client manner and in-demand skills when it comes to issues of quantum.’ He is a first choice for many and is saluted for his ‘excellent decision making.’ ” Chambers UK , Chancery (2011)
  • “John’s accountancy background sets him apart from the rest.” Legal 500, commercial, insolvency and property (2012)
  • “John Dickinson is highly rated.” Legal 500, commercial, insolvency and property (2011)
  • Construction of wills
  • Challenges to wills – cases include Smith v. Springford [2009] WTLR 705; [2008] All ER (D) 59
  • Inheritance Act Claims
  • Court of Protection


  • “A calm character who is able to handle unexpected complications in an efficient manner. He is always happy to assist and deals with clients from all backgrounds in a personable, effective and reasonable manner. John gives clear and concise written opinions, quickly getting to the crux of the matter. He is also a highly skilled advocate.” “He’s very diligent with the paperwork, he has a good eye for detail and a very sound accounting background. “Chambers UK, Chancery (2018)
  • “John has a broad chancery practice, dealing with company law and shareholder litigation, restructuring and insolvency cases and contentious trusts and probate work. ‘He is very good on the detail and also quite dogged. Once he analyses a case he knows what the answer is and pursues it. Excellent.’ ” Chambers UK, Chancery (2017)
  • “John has amazing knowledge of the law, and an ability to carry out in-depth analysis of complex facts and issues.” Legal 500, Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law (2016)
  • “John’s got an excellent grasp of detail. He’s very good with clients and he is tenacious in a quiet way.” Chambers UK, Chancery (2016)
  • “John is instructed on a diverse range of chancery issues, often with a commercial background. His work includes partnership and shareholder disputes, insolvency claims, property litigation and contested probates. ‘He provides really excellent advice and paperwork. He’s very clear and quietly reassuring. He’s first-class when before a judge. He’s quietly persuasive.'” Chambers UK, Chancery (2015)

Practice Overview

John is a barrister specialising in contentious probate work, Court of Protection, all areas of real property work including conveyancing disputes, boundaries and easements, landlord & tenant, partnership, banking, pensions, insolvency, company law and shareholder disputes. John’s commercial practice includes fraud, breach of contract, restraint of trade and sale of goods, consumer credit, injunctions and freezing orders. John also has a practice in professional negligence work in relation to solicitors, accountants and financial advisors.

John has been consistently recommended as a leading junior in recent editions of Chambers UK and Legal 500.  Peers describe him “as having amazing knowledge of the law, and an ability to carry out in-depth analysis of complex facts and issues.” 

John spent seven months in 2002-2003 acting as counsel assisting Lord Penrose’s inquiry concerning Equitable Life.

John is qualified to undertake public access work in appropriate cases, for further information, please visit our Public Access page.


Prior to his career at the Bar John qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991, working for five years at what is now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers, in its litigation support department. He was seconded to the Serious Fraud Office to assist in the BCCI investigation.


Tennis, surfing, family bike rides and countryside walks.