Wilberforce Chambers

John Wardell QC

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Strengths

John Wardell QC
Maintains a strong commercial practice with a steady emphasis on professional negligence matters in which he acts for both claimants and defendants. He regularly takes on cases relating to legal, financial and property services, and also regularly defends other barristers against claims of negligence. His professional negligence practice is supported by his experience of fraud-related work.
"Great client-handing skills. Very popular with instructing solicitors."
Recent work: Acted for Orientfield in its claim against Bird & Bird, its former solicitors, for negligence in relation to the conveyance of a £26 million property in North London.

Strengths

John Wardell QC
A highly thought-of barrister with a good reputation for fraud and professional negligence work in particular. Sources describe him as an excellent advocate and a good team player. He also often handles claims for breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty.
"A ferocious cross-examiner. He is robust and incisive and has a very good instinct as a litigator."
Recent work: Instructed in a dispute arising out of the demerger of a group of property companies.

Strengths

John Wardell QC
An outstanding leader with a wide-ranging practice who is accustomed to fighting complex fraud disputes. Many of his instructions originate abroad in such places as the Middle East and the Caribbean. He bolsters his civil fraud offering with complementary knowledge in commercial chancery and professional negligence law.
"A brilliant advocate." "He has very good judgement."
Recent work: Acted in PCP v Barclays Bank, a multimillion-pound claim for deceit against Barclays arising out of its rescue at the time of the financial crash.

Strengths

John Wardell QC
"A real team player who is formidable on his feet and has an almost unbelievable grasp of the detail in a case." "John is a very clever tactician and an excellent advocate who is good with the client."
Recent work: Instructed to act for the claimant in PCP-LLP v Barclays Bank, a high-profile multimillion-pound claim for deceit against Barclays arising out of the rescue of Barclays at the time of the financial crash.