John Dickinson

Year of Call: 1995

Inn: Middle Temple

Chartered Accountant (FCA)

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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,  202

John is a barrister specialising in wills and trusts work including administration of estates matters. He has extensive experience in resolving all aspects of inheritance related problems, both through court proceedings and alternative dispute resolution. John’s work includes claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, contentious probate claims, removal of personal representatives, undue influence, rectification of wills, proprietary estoppel and constructive trust claims.

John has been consistently recommended as a leading junior in recent editions of Chambers UK and The Legal 500. Peers describe him as having an amazing knowledge of the law, and an ability to carry out in-depth analysis of complex facts and issues. He has recently been identified as one of the six barristers ‘ranked in Band 1’ as a leading professional adviser to the Private Wealth market (outside London), where he is featured in the High Net Worth Guide 2021.

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.’ ”


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.


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

Qualifications & awards:

  • BA Comb Hons (Exon.) ACA (Qualified as a Chartered Accountant 1991) Dip. Law (Distinction)