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St John's Chambers

Chancery

11 ranked barristersBand 1Western (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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St John's Chambers is highly esteemed on the Western Circuit for its expertise in traditional and commercial chancery work. "The set has excellent barristers at all levels," says one source. The chambers assists with contentious will and trusts disputes, property disputes and Court of Protection matters, as well as professional negligence claims. It is also well known for its expertise on high-value agricultural land disputes. Sources say the set is "very capable with a specialist, expert team of barristers who are all helpful and skilled and keep their knowledge well updated."

Client service:

"The set's clerks are very helpful, prompt to reply and very easy to work with." "They are swift in responding to instructing solicitors and act as a sensible, seamless and proactive conduit between the barristers and their instructing solicitors." Rob Bocock is the practice manager.

Strengths:

Adam Boyle
A specialist in proprietary estoppel with additional expertise in probate and will cases. He attracts praise for his down-to-earth approach.
"He has an excellent legal brain and is extremely personable and very good to work with. He is very accessible." "His advice is detailed and accessible to the lay client and he prioritises things very well."

Strengths:

Alex Troup
Outstanding junior recognised for his impressive traditional chancery practice. He specialises in contentious trusts and probates, as well as property litigation and associated professional negligence cases. Troup acts as a mediator and as a representative at mediations. He is also commended for his handling of Court of Protection matters.
"He marries technical excellence and courtroom experience with a great human touch and the ability to speak to lay clients." "He is very robust with his advice and has gravitas."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in a USD19 million claim against a group of offshore trustees for fraudulent breach of trust.

Strengths:

Charles Auld
Respected junior with a broad practice in commercial disputes and traditional chancery. He specialises in land registration and land cases, as well as commercial property matters.
"He is very bright and very practical and pragmatic. He is pretty calm under pressure and good at finding practical solutions." "He is knowledgeable in the law, but also has a pragmatic approach to cases."

Strengths:

Charlie Newington-Bridges
Traditional chancery practitioner with a specialism in Inheritance Act 1975 claims and experience with high-value estates and complex wills. He previously worked in banking, and his commercial cases include insolvency, banking and financial services and partnership matters.
"He is robust in his approach but deals with clients very well. He is very methodical and gets to grips with cases quickly."
Recent work: Represented the claimant executors in a claim related to the interpretation of a will.

Strengths:

Christopher Jones
Trust litigation and advice specialist with a broad chancery and commercial practice. He also assists clients with landlord and tenant disputes, property litigation and professional negligence cases. Jones is a trained mediator.
"Chris is an intelligent and approachable barrister with a very sensible approach in his legal opinions." " He is quick to grasp the issues and is great on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in connection with errors made in the creation of two family trusts.

Strengths:

John Dickinson
Well-regarded chancery practitioner and experienced in contentious trusts and probates, as well as company law, restructuring and insolvency, and shareholder litigation. His professional negligence work includes cases concerning solicitors, financial advisers and accountants.
"His 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."

Strengths:

John Sharples
Property barrister who often acts for public authorities, developers, landowners, house builders and private individuals. He is held in high esteem for his client care skills.
"He is my go-to specialist in chancery. He is scarily intelligent and he will always find an angle that everyone has missed." "He's incredibly approachable, user-friendly and client-friendly. He is able to set out technical legal points clearly and concisely and in plain English. He is calm, collected and measured in his delivery."
Recent work: Successfully defended a tenant farmer against a claim brought by his landlord for negligently damaging the productive capacity of the land through improper farming practices.

Strengths:

Leslie Blohm QC
Leading chancery and commercial silk with an excellent reputation for his extensive experience at the Bar. He frequently acts in cases concerning contentious probates, trusts and Inheritance Act claims, as well as landlord and tenant disputes and property litigation. Blohm is also a village green inspector.
"Leslie is a very strong all rounder. He is excellent with lay clients, explaining things patiently with appropriate empathy, his written advice is clear and comprehensive and watching him in full flight in court can be majestic to behold." "He is absolutely superb with clients; he is authoritative and he is really good at talking to clients in a firm and understanding manner."
Recent work: Acted in an appeal considering the nature and sufficiency of ‘detrimental reliance’ in a common intention constructive trust claim brought by a partner against her partner in whose sole name the quasi-matrimonial property was placed.

Strengths:

Natasha Dzameh
Commercial and chancery practitioner handling property, insolvency, wills and trusts disputes. She is regularly instructed in high-value and complex litigation.
"She is an absolute ball of energy. She is good in court and fights her case." "She is very thorough and she thinks outside the box."

Strengths:

Nicholas Pointon
Commercial and chancery barrister specialising in domestic and international arbitration, commercial and contractual disputes, and private international law. His practice has a strong cross-border focus and he works regularly on cases involving offshore jurisdictions.
"He is red hot on commercial analysis." "He is really good at focusing clients on commercial solutions and provides pragmatic advice. His written advocacy is great quality."
Recent work: Defended a claim by the estate of a deceased investor in the development of villas on the Indonesian island of Lombok, seeking to accelerate repayment of alleged debts.

Strengths:

Oliver Wooding
Chancery and commercial junior with a broad practice spanning traditional chancery, real estate litigation and agricultural law. He is experienced in contentious probates, wills, trusts and tax matters, and also handles Court of Protection cases. He also acts as a mediator.
"He is incredibly calm and thoughtful as to the objectives that the client has. He is a safe pair of hands, approachable and knowledgeable." "He is very good at putting clients at ease and is a problem solver."
Recent work: Appeared for a claimant who issued a claim and applied for an urgent interim injunction to prevent the burial of his mother in London the day after the application hearing by his three siblings. The claimant contended that his mother wished to, and should, be buried in Nigeria.

Chancery

St John's Chambers

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Location

101 Victoria Street

Bristol

Bristol

UK

BS1 6PU

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Silks (QC)

Western (Bar)

Chancery


Leslie Blohm QC
Band 1

Juniors

Western (Bar)

Chancery


Adam Boyle
Band 3
Alex Troup
Star Individuals
Charles Auld
Band 2
Charlie Newington-Bridges
Band 3
Christopher Jones
Band 1

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