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Chambers of Patrick Harrington QC

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John Meredith-Hardy

Work 020 7583 9241
Farrar's Building (Chambers of Patrick Harrington QC)


Areas of work undertaken for claimants and defendants include professional negligence, personal injury, commercial disputes and general common law. Professional negligence: actions against solicitors for breach of duty in the conduct of personal injury, clinical negligence, matrimonial finance and commercial disputes; actions against architects, surveyors, accountants and IFAs for failing to discharge their duties towards their client.

Personal injury: accidents at work including factories, oil rigs, workshops, shops and offices; occupational disease including asbestos-related conditions; road traffic accidents involving heavy goods vehicles, cars and motorbikes; employment and holiday accidents abroad whilst on-land and on-ship; brain injury, cerebral palsy and spinal injuries of the utmost severity; complex injuries resulting in lifetime care and therapy, adaptive housing and ancillary services (Girdlestone v Levings, QBD 28.6.04, RTA resulting in paralysis and lifetime dependency; CICA claims of the utmost severity (Howell v CICA, 2001, one the larger claims paid by the CICA to a victim of child abuse resulting in brain injury).

Commercial: sale of goods including a special interest in engines and mechanical devices; building disputes involving the construction of domestic housing and commercial property; property disputes involving shops, auctions, clubs, hotels and farms; professional football disputes including football agents, football clubs and FA arbitrations; sale of services including waste disposal, work wear, clothing and estate agency; other contractual disputes involving a wide range of subject matter; conflict of law and jurisdictional issues; fraud in the civil context.

Other: a wide range of experience of other areas including the recovery of the proceeds of crime in the civil courts (ARA v Jackson [2007] EWHC 2553; [2007] All ER (D) 149 (Nov)); employment disputes including discrimination under the DDA and the SDA; actions against trade unions for failing to represent their members properly; property and related disputes (Richard Uglow v Peter Uglow and Ors [2004] EWCA Civ 987), proprietary estoppel dispute over a farm and related buildings); boundary disputes; judicial review (R on application of the CPS v Winchester Crown Court [2003] EWHC 2838 (Admin), judicial review of a decision of the Crown Court; R v Legal Aid Board, Ex Parte Parsons [1999] 3 ALLER 348, judicial review of the LAB – duties of disclosure owed by a legally assisted party).


Called 1989.


Professional Negligence Bar Association; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; Personal Injury Bar Association; Western Circuit.


St Andrews University (1987 MA Hons History and International Relations); Central London (1988 Diploma in Law).


Motor cycling, sailing, mountaineering and ski touring, paragliding and other adventure sports.

London Bar

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Within: Personal injury - Leading Juniors

John Meredith-Hardy - Farrar's Building ‘ He is a great draftsman and will not be brow beaten by opponent. ’

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