John Sharples

Year of Call: 1992

Inn: Middle Temple

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

Chambers UK ,  2020
Real Estate Litigation

John is a very experienced adviser and advocate and has practised in the area of professional negligence 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. Chambers UK describe him as “… an exceptional barrister both in terms of his judgement and his people skills and as good as any senior junior in the country.”

John’s professional negligence specialism is closely linked to his main area of practice, specifically cases involving Real Estate and associated litigation. The sort of work John undertakes includes the following

  • Conveyancing claims arising out of the purchase/sale of land. These include mistakes relating to pre-contract enquiries, searches, filing at HM Land Registry, failing to advise and drafting defective overage terms, options and restrictive covenants and the defective implementation of options.
  • Claims against surveyors/valuers based on negligent investigations and valuations.
  • Conveyancing claims concerning leases. For example, failing to obtain consent to assign/sublet, failing to register leases, failing to advise as to rent reviews and break clauses and the defective implementation of break clauses.
  • Claims arising from the conduct of litigation claims generally involving land.

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.