John is incredibly thorough and leaves no stone unturned in his advice. He is incredibly well prepared, has a good manner with the client, is approachable and calm under pressure. ‘John is a very safe and reliable pair of hands to have on complex cases. He is very good with clients and a capable advocate.’ ‘John gets to grips with matters quickly and greatly reassures clients with his approach and analysis.’ “


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:

  • “Thank you for acting as mediator. We’re very grateful and we all thought you were brilliant.”
  • “Thank you very much again, especially on behalf of ….. for your exemplary conduct of …. mediation. Your calm and friendly efficiency, in our difficult circumstances, made us feel welcome, ensured that the proceedings were conducted with promptness, efficiency and confidentiality, and we’re grateful that this contributed to a satisfactory compromise within the time you’d allocated (just!).”
  • “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.”
  • “John’s gentle and confident manner was ideal for a client embroiled in an unfortunate family dispute.”

Directory Quotes

Nothing is too much trouble for John. Clients and judges warm to him.”

Chambers UK 2024, Company

John is a barrister that picks up every single detail. He has an ability to get to grips with a detailed set of facts and extract the key issues and give sound advice about the best way forward.”

Chambers UK 2024, Professional Negligence

John has a rare cross-discipline of law and accountancy, which is invaluable. He is thorough in his analysis and crystal-clear in his explanations.  He is also decisive, accurate and completely dependable. Moreover, he is easy to talk to and very supportive.”

The Legal 500 2024, Professional Negligence

John is great with clients and always has a good grasp of details. He is able to marshal information well and is a persuasive and unflappable advocate in court. His accounting background also proves very helpful.”

The Legal 500 2024, Commercial Litigation

John approaches his cases as if they are a logic puzzle, which means he covers all the issues in a manner that a lay client can follow. He is one of the safest pair of hands on the circuit.”

The Legal 500 2024, Chancery, Probate, and Tax

“John is excellent, so easy to work with and also so skilled and bright. ‘He provides a fantastic level of service and is technically very strong.’ ‘He is approachable and a safe pair of hands. His advice is meticulous and well structured.’ He is extremely good on details and figures. He picks up every single detail, he is always very clear-headed and manages to make sense of chaos.’”

Chambers UK 2024, Chancery

John is a fantastic choice for contentious probate and chancery matters. ‘He is extremely thorough and has an excellent manner with clients.’ ‘John is very approachable, clear and unflappable.’ “

Chambers UK 2023, Commercial Dispute Resolution

John is an absolutely meticulous barrister and gets to the core of the issue immediately. His advice is always crystal clear and I am always impressed by his drafting. John has great attention to detail and provides imaginative solutions to problems. He is also very polished on his feet.”

Chambers UK 2022, Commercial Dispute Resolution

John’s attention to detail is second to none. He is forensically superb – he can unpick a case extremely well. He’s extremely knowledgeable and has an excellent grasp of complex matters.”

Chambers UK 2022, Chancery

He’s very thorough and very good with finance. From a legal standpoint, he is methodical and thorough. He is extremely good on details; no matter how many boxes or lever arch files you throw at him, he can cut through and give you a summary.”

Chambers UK 2022, Company

He is very approachable and can turn things around quickly. He is very good on paper. He is extremely knowledgeable, has an excellent grasp of complex matters and is very responsive to clients’ needs. He is extremely good on details.”

Chambers UK 2022, Professional Negligence

John is a calm and measured advocate, who is always very thorough, precise and clear in his written advice. Nothing is too complex for him to disentangle.”


A calm and measured advocate. He is excellent on the details and goes the extra mile.”


He has an excellent forensic grasp of figures and is unflappable.”


John is a former accountant, and an instructing solicitor considers him to be ‘very good with finance,’ while another interviewee says that ‘he is forensically superb, he can unpick a case extremely well.’ Dickinson advises clients on commercial matters, as well as contentious trusts and probate cases. ‘He is extremely knowledgeable and has an excellent grasp of complex matters and is very responsive to clients’ needs,’ says an interviewee, who continues: ‘He is extremely good on details – no matter how many boxes or lever-arch files you throw at him, he can cut through and give you a summary. His bedside manner is excellent. He provides sound and practical advice. He is a good advocate, his style is quiet and understated.’ ”

Chambers UK HIGH NET WORTH 2021, Private Wealth

Client Quotes

John was very calm and clear. He managed to keep a good pace to the day and things moved on quite quickly. He was easy for the clients to understand and came across as reasonable and pragmatic a, as well as helpful. The clients related well to him.”


The mediator was experienced, understood the issues and was sensitive to the issues in dispute.”

  • Qualifications & awards:

    • 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)
    • Western Chancery & Commercial Bar Association
    • Professional Negligence Bar Association
    • Financial Services Lawyers Association
    • Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales) ACA
    • Associate Member of the Association of Pension Lawyers
    • Member of the Court of Protection Bar Association
  • John Dickinson is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please read here.