John Sharples

John Sharples

Call 1992 (Middle Temple)
Qualifications BA (Oxon) 1st Class 1986, LLM (Cantab) 1987, LLM (University of Pennsylvania) 1988, Thouron Scholar (University of Pennsylvania) 1987-8, Attorney-at-Law New York State 1991, Queen Mother’s Scholar 1992, Sachs Prize & Campbell-Foster Prize 1993 (all Middle Temple)
Professional Memberships Member of Chancery Bar Association, Secretary of the Western Chancery & Commercial Bar Association


Wills, Trusts, Probate and Inheritance

  • Co-ownership and trusts of land
  • Claims under Trusts of Land & Appointment of Trustees Act 1996
  • Construction of wills
  • Contentious probate
  • Administration of estates and trusts
  • Claims under the Inheritance Act


  • “John has proved to be both good on paper and a strong advocate in complex ToLATA matters. ”  Chambers UK, Chancery (2014)
  • “John is perhaps best known for his property work, but he also advises on wills, trusts, and probate and professional negligence matters. An interviewee praises Sharples, and comments that ‘he is very thorough and will cover every sort of angle.’ “ Chambers UK, Chancery (2013)
  • “John leans towards property, landlord and tenant, and probate work. Other barristers find him ‘an impressive opponent’ and ‘a rigorous advocate who takes every point.’ He is a noted authority on land licences.” Chambers UK, Chancery (2012)

Ancillary to the above areas of expertise, particularly solicitors’ negligence.

Practice Overview

John specialises in all areas of real property. He is frequently instructed on behalf of major land developers and owners, national house builders and large public authorities as well as private clients.

John has recently written a book on Land Licences, printed by Jordans Publishing in which Lord Neuberger, the Master of the Rolls, writes the foreword. John is a contributor to the New Law Journal and regularly tweets on the subjects of Property and Private Client Law, giving updates and news on cases, legislation, regulation and market developments. Follow him on Twitter @sharples_john.


Before joining the Bar, John practised as an attorney-at-law in a Wall Street law firm from 1989 to 1991. His practice there included contentious take-overs and major litigation for international banks, insurance companies and brokerage houses.