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Chambers of John Ross QC

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John Ross QC

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1 CHANCERY LANE (Chambers of John Ross QC)


Barrister specialising in professional liability and insurance-related claims, general commercial/contract, personal injury, clinical negligence and local authority cases. He appears and advises in jurisdictions overseas. Cases include: Feest v South West Strategic Health & Anr [2014] EWHC 177 (QB); Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings Incorporated [2014] EWHC 273 (QB); Wembridge Claimants & Ors v Winter & Ors [2013] EWHC 2331 (QB); EUI Ltd v Bristol Alliance Ltd [2012]; Bristol Alliance v James Williams & Bell Insurance [2011] – property insurance, statutory interpretation, effect of European Directives; Baylis Farm Ltd v RB Dymott Builders Ltd. [2010] – implied warranty of fitness for purpose in construction contracts; London & South Eastern Railway v British Transport Police Authority [2009] – judicial review of decision of statutory body; Kew v Bettamix Ltd and Ors [2006] CA – Limitation Act; Stansell Ltd v Co-operative Group (CWS) Limited [2005] – effectiveness of non-assignment cause in JCT contract in face of a purported statutory transfer of cause of action; Healy v Cosmos Air & Vilar de Lapa Lda [2005] – liability of foreign hotel in relation to diving injuries suffered by tourist abroad; College Credit v (1) National Guarantee Corp and (2) Peter Parker [2004]; Carty v London Borough of Croydon [2004] CA; Sandhar v Department of Transport [2004] CA; Moy v Petman-Smith [2004] HL; Dempsey v Johnstone [2003] CA; McManus v Sharif [2003] CA; Grimm v Newman and Chantrey Vellacott DFK [2002] CA; Cummins v Shell International Manning Services Ltd [2002] CA; Anderton v Clwyd [2002] CA; Murphy v MOD [2001]; Goodes v East Sussex County Council [2000] HL.


Called 1971; Inner Temple bencher 2006; recorder 1994; QC 2001; Head of Chambers 2007; publications: contributing the chapter on architects’ and engineers’ negligence in ‘Pittaways and Hammerton: Professional Negligence Cases’ (Butterworths 1998).


Professional Negligence Bar Association; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; Technology and Construction Bar Association.


University College, London (1968 LLB; 1970 LLM).


Golf, cricket, racing, bridge.

London Bar


Within: Consumer – Leading silks

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery Lane ‘He has a formidable intellect.’

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Within: Personal injury – Leading silks

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery Lane ‘A formidable intellect, who is always calmness personified under pressure.’

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery Lane ‘First-rate.’

Within: Professional negligence

1 Chancery Lane has ‘considerable expertise and depth of talent in the field of professional indemnity’ with ‘excellence at every level’. The set is recognised for legal, insurance, financial services, real estate and construction professional negligence work, as well as local authority and education claims. John Ross QC appeared in Legg v Sterte Garage and Aviva UK, and Andrew Warnock QC acted in CFC v Westminster City Council.

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

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

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery Lane ‘He has no weaknesses.’

Within: Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

For some, 1 Chancery Lane is ‘the leading travel law set’, with ‘approachable, straight-talking barristers, who provide an excellent service’ and are ‘leading lights in the field’. John Ross QC appeared in Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings, a landmark Court of Appeal case involving an off-package contract and tort fatal claim in which the claimant’s husband and daughter were killed as a result of a defective and improperly maintained vehicle operated by Four Seasons.

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