Excellent chancery and probate team stands out on the Western Circuit, with members offering a wide range of expertise.”

The Legal 500 2024, Chancery, probate, and tax

St John’s Chambers offers a comprehensive mediation service as an alternative to litigating wills and trusts disputes.

Disputes can be resolved through mediation at any stage with savings in costs, uncertainty and stress. Early mediation can assist in resolving issues before they escalate into a more entrenched conflict. Mediation also allows the parties to preserve confidentiality and avoid publicity if they wish to do so.

Our comfortable, modern offices provide the ideal neutral environment to reach acceptable solutions to any wills and trust disputes. The solution need not be, and often is not, an outcome that a judge might or could properly impose through a decision of the court. It can be a “win-win” solution.

Our mediators are independent and objective and this confidential, non judgemental process helps the parties to determine an outcome that is mutually acceptable. Mediators will ask questions to try and clarify the issues and to build effective communication between the parties to help resolve the dispute. Mediation does not involve the mediator telling the participants the answer; rather, the mediator assists the parties to find a mutually suitable solution.

In addition to many of our barristers being qualified mediators, one of our Practice Managers, Robert Bocock, is also a qualified Mediator so can understand the issues of each dispute and recommend the best mediator for each client.

For our mediation services during the COVID-19 social distancing lockdown please click on the following news item:

St John’s Chambers – Remote Mediations in Wills & Trusts, Real Estate and Commercial disputes

For further information or to discuss a suitable mediator for your dispute, please contact Robert Bocock.

Wills & Trusts Mediation Team


Alex Troup KC

  • Call: 1998
  • Silk: 2023

Alex is an experienced mediator with particular experience of dealing with contentious trust and probate cases. He adopts a friendly but no-nonsense approach to mediations and has a high success rate for achieving settlements. Alex was one of...

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John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John became a fully-qualified mediator in early 2015 and now specialising in mediating property, private client and related areas. He also lectures on aspects of mediation law and practice to solicitors in the South West and Wales. John...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

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...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher qualified as a mediator in January 2018. His background is predominantly in trust litigation and advice, contentious and non-contentious probate applications, real property litigation (particularly in relation to easements, restrictive covenants and contracts for the sale of...

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Jody Atkinson

  • Call: 2005

Jody specialises in family financial work including wills and trusts. He is able to bring his wide experience in these areas to resolving the most complex and challenging disputes. Jody’s divorce and financial remedy practice focuses on the...

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Oliver Wooding

Oliver Wooding

  • Call: 2009

Oliver is a trained mediator and experienced mediation counsel who deals with a whole range of legal disputes, but in particular contentious probate, trusts, and real estate disputes. He offers a practical and friendly approach that encourages parties,...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

Natasha is an accredited mediator who is available for instruction in mediations in any field. She is a specialist commercial and chancery barrister who is accustomed to acting as sole counsel in high value litigation particularly in relation...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam is passionate about mediation and the benefits it can offer to the parties who participate in it. He trained as a mediator with the London School of Mediation nearly ten years ago in 2015 and has been...

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Oliver Riley

Oliver Riley

  • Call: 2013

Oliver is an experienced trusts practitioner, particularly in the context of separating cohabitees. He is regularly instructed to provide advice prior to the issue of proceedings, as well as acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants in...

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Kayleigh Bloomfield

  • Call: 2021

Kayleigh joined Chambers in October 2022 following the successful completion of her specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. She accepts instructions across all main areas of this practice group. Kayleigh’s pupil supervisors were Charlie Newington-Bridges and Christopher Jones. Kayleigh...

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Directory Quotes

St John’s Chambers is highly esteemed on the Western Circuit for its expertise in traditional and commercial chancery work. They are the leading chambers for contentious probate matters.”

Chambers UK 2024, Chancery

Excellent chancery and probate team stands out on the Western Circuit, with members offering a wide range of expertise.”

The Legal 500 2024, Chancer, probate, and tax

Highly esteemed on the Western Circuit for its expertise in traditional and commercial chancery work. ‘Consistently provide well-balanced, clear and commercially-minded advice.'”

Chambers UK 2023, Chancery

One of the main strengths of the chambers is the communication skills of the clerks, which ensure that expectations are managed and that levels of service are met.”

Chambers UK 2023, Chancery (Client Service)

St John’s Chambers is highly esteemed on the Western Circuit for its expertise in traditional and commercial chancery work. The set is ‘very capable with a specialist, expert team of barristers who are all helpful and skilled and keep their knowledge well updated.’ “

Chambers UK 2022, Chancery

The set’s clerks are very helpful, prompt to reply and very easy to work with. They are swift in responding to instructing solicitors and act as a sensible, seamless and proactive conduit between the barristers and their instructing solicitors.”

Chambers UK 2022, Chancery (Client Service)

St John’s Chambers is an excellent contentious trust and probate set with ‘a very strong Chancery team’, housing members who rival London counsel in ability and experience.”

Legal 500 2022, Chancery, Probate and Tax

St John’s Chambers is highly esteemed on the Western Circuit for its expertise in traditional and commercial chancery work. ‘There is a real depth in their chancery practice,’ says one source. The set assists with contentious will and trusts disputes, property disputes and Court of Protection matters, as well as professional negligence claims. It is also well known for its expertise on high-value agricultural land disputes. Sources say it is ‘an approachable and effective set, with individuals who are knowledgeable and invariably keen to support.’ “

Chambers UK 2021, Chancery

The clerks are really helpful, always come back to you and genuinely show interest in the case. ‘They have a friendly clerking team, which makes it easier to get work sent across to them and hearings and other matters booked in the relevant barristers’ diaries.’ “

Chambers UK 2021, Chancery (Client Service)

St John’s Chambers is “a standout chambers for chancery work.” The barristers are held in extremely high regard on the Western Circuit for both their traditional and commercial chancery expertise. The set is able to handle everything from complex property litigation and trusts disputes, to professional negligence claims. Members are frequently instructed in cases concerning valuable agricultural land. One source enthuses: ‘I cannot recommend the chambers and individual counsel enough. They are friendly, accessible and build a phenomenal rapport with instructing solicitors and the client. The language used in their advice is clear and understandable, which is welcomed and praised by clients.’ “

Chambers UK 2020, Chancery

The clerking service is amazing. They are very quick to respond and very proactive. ‘The clerks at St John’s are excellent. They respond to emails extremely promptly and are on the ball when it comes to fee estimates and turnaround times.’ “


Home to a large team of commercial practitioners who are instructed in a wide range of cases including professional negligence and breach of contract claims. The set also reports a substantial increase in the number of wills and trusts-related instructions received in the past year, with the set being praised by solicitors as ‘the go-to chambers outside London’ for this area of work.”

Legal 500 2020, Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery Law -

Client Quotes

“The go-to set for traditional chancery work, both in the South West and arguably nationally: they give London a run for their money: London quality, without London fees.”

Legal 500 client feedback

“St John’s Chambers are a regional set with a number of experienced Chancery barristers and mediators. They are well known and respected on the western circuit. Although a regional set, they have a wealth of experience on par with London sets.”

Legal 500 client feedback

“St Johns has a very strong Chancery team and excellent clerks. Their barristers are expert, approachable, down to earth and offer London expertise at regional rates.”

Legal 500 client feedback

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