John Sharples

Year of Call: 1992

Inn: Middle Temple

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He is a brilliant advocate and you can rely on him to pull something out of the bag. ‘Very responsive, very intelligent and very commercial.’ “

Legal 500,  2020
Real Estate Litigation

John is a very experienced adviser and advocate and has practised in the area of agriculture and rural affairs for over 25 years. He is ranked in Band 1 for both real estate litigation and chancery in Chambers UK and is one of Legal 500’s leading individuals.

John understands the needs of the farming community and provides specialist, cost-effective advice and representation that is designed to produce positive practical outcomes that achieve the clients’ goals.

John recently acted for the successful party in Churston Golf Club v Haddock [2018] EWHC 347 (Ch) which established for the first time that fencing easements can be created expressly.

John’s work in this area includes the following:

  • Farm and agricultural land sales/purchases
  • Farming partnership disputes
  • Trusts and succession disputes between family members
  • Statutory security of tenure and succession under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986
  • Farm business tenancies under the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995
  • Water and drainage rights, including riparian rights
  • Public and private rights of way
  • Obligations in relation to boundaries separating agricultural land
  • Profits a prendre
  • Boundaries and adverse possession
  • Nuisance claims (flooding, noise, smells, etc.)

Professional memberships:

  • Member of Chancery Bar Association
  • Member of the Agricultural Law Association
  • Secretary of the Western Chancery & Commercial Bar Association

Qualifications & awards:

  • 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)

Additional information:

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.