Year of Call: 2014

Inn: Lincoln’s Inn

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Having grown up with a rural background, Joss regularly advises in agricultural matters and has particular experience of farming partnership disputes. Recently he has been involved in a long-running dispute between neighbouring farmers involving allegations of trespass, interference with easements and the applicability of the rule in Rylands v Fletcher.

He recently acted for a national animal feed distributor in a dispute arising out of an allegation that animal feed supplied under a contract was having a detrimental impact on milk yields, and on behalf of a farmer against a neighbour who carried out unauthorised works to a boundary hedge.

Professional memberships:

  • Chancery Bar Association

Qualifications & awards:

  • BA Hons, Philosophy and Theology, Jesus College, University of Oxford.
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Lord Haldane Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Sankey Scholarship, Jesus College, University of Oxford

Additional information:

Prior to pupillage Joss worked variously as a teacher in Moscow; a chef in a double Michelin-starred restaurant; and as a paralegal for OSG solicitors, where he worked exclusively on First Subsea Ltd v Balltec Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 866 (Ch). This landmark case was the subject of a 25-day trial in the High Court and involved allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy to injure by unlawful means and patent infringement.

Joss grew up in the Lake District and enjoys hiking, cooking and going to the theatre. He is a keen squash player, an enthusiastic cricketer, and an adequate tennis player. He occasionally goes running out of a sense of obligation rather than any real enjoyment.