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Chambers of Paul Russell QC

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John-Paul Swoboda

Work 020 7583 0811
12 King's Bench Walk (Chambers of Paul Russell QC)


John-Paul practices in all aspects of Personal Injury law. He has particular interest and expertise in Asbestos litigation, Clinical Negligence, International and Travel litigation, and Inquests. All of his work is higher value and a significant proportion of his work relates to fatal accident claims. Most of his work results from repeat instructions. He prides himself on being approachable and thorough in his work. John-Paul enjoys working as part of a team with his instructing solicitor and has a reputation for establishing a good rapport with lay and professional clients. 

With regards to Asbestos litigation John-Paul is instructed by many national firms including firms with links to trade unions. Many of the claims John-Paul is instructed in involve difficult issues such as low-level exposure mesothelioma claims, lung cancer claims and causation issues. For example John-Paul appeared on behalf of the Claimant in Stacey v Triplex Safety Glass Company Ltd [2017] EWHC 1945 (QB). John-Paul also has a vast amount of experience in relation to COSHH matters, occupational asthma, dermatitis, HAVS and NIHL claims. 

John-Paul mainly acts for claimants in clinical negligence claims and his clinical negligence work is high value. He enjoys the medical and scientific aspect of such matters and works closely with his instructing solicitors and experts. He has considerable experience of cases involving amputation, unnecessary and negligent surgery, delayed diagnosis, cosmetic surgery, informed consent and the negligent administration of clinical drugs. For example, John-Paul, led by Frank Burton QC, acted for the claimant in TB v Northampton NHS Trust v Kettering NHS Trust, a claim arising from delayed treatment leading to an above knee amputation.  

In relation to International and Travel matters, John-Paul brings experience and knowledge to private international law matters, which typically involve the consideration and application of Rome II, Brussels recast, the doctrine of forum conveniens and service of the claim form out of the jurisdiction. John-Paul also has a wealth of experience in relation to claims arising from the Package Holiday Regulations and international conventions such as the Athens and Montreal Convention. He is also an editor of the International & Travel Law blog. For example,  John-Paul acted for the applicant/defendant in Quark Expeditions Incorporated v Ms Jacquline Khoury High Court (Burton J) 25 November 2014 (unreported),  an application for an anti-suit injunction. 

John-Paul regularly acts for bereaved families, and occasionally acts for other interested parties, at Inquests. John-Paul represents families at all types of Inquests but has particular expertise and interest in Article 2 ECHR enhanced Inquests. Invariably John-Paul is instructed in civil proceedings following the Inquest. He has acted in high profile Inquests such as the Inquest touching the death of Toni Speck, a death in police custody. John-Paul has experience of judicial review proceedings arising from Inquest work such as R (on the application of Maureen Speck) v HM Coroner for the District of York & ors [2016] EWHC 6 (Admin). 


Called 2006.


PIBA; NEC; TATLA; West Riding Medico Legal Society.


BVC College of Law; University of Sheffield (LLB Hons 2004).


Yoga, guitar.

London Bar

Clinical negligence

Within: Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is a very solid barrister who has a good eye for detail, calming influence and enormous commitment and energy.

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Within: Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading juniors

John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkHis expertise is in private international law matters specifically claims involving the Rome II, Athens and Montreal Conventions.

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