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Chambers of Michael Furness QC

8 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3QP, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7306 0102
Fax:
Fax 020 7306 0095
DX:
311 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.wilberforce.co.uk

John Wardell QC

Tel:
Work 020 7306 0102
Email:
Wilberforce Chambers (Chambers of Michael Furness QC)

Position

John has a very broad and varied commercial litigation practice. Most of his cases are heard in the High Court although he also does international arbitration work and regularly appears in offshore jurisdictions. Much of his time is taken up dealing with complex frauds. He also has a substantial professional indemnity practice. He is widely regarded as a leading silk. 'His advice has real clarity and strategic vision, and he always displays a strong tactical grip'. He is an 'outstanding advocate who is highly skilled at cross-examination. He is able to digest large volumes of information quickly and impresses clients with his commercial knowledge'. 'He has a great eye for detail, is incredibly numerate and user-friendly'. As well as applauding his strategic thinking and cross-examination skills, solicitors welcome his willingness to back his judgment. 'He gives bold advice and sticks to it. He is very calm, good on his feet, clever and has a nice touch with clients'.

Career

Qualified 1979; Silk 2002.

Member

COMBAR; Chancery Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association.

Education

Exeter University (LLB Hons); Cambridge (MPhil).


London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

John Wardell QC - Wilberforce ChambersRapidly gained the trust and respect of the clients, and has a very thorough approach.

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Company and partnership

Within: Company – Leading silks

John Wardell QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is extremely approachable to clients and is not afraid of doing tasks that silks normally would not.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – Leading silks

John Wardell QC - Wilberforce ChambersHas an incisive mind and fights his clients’ corner tenaciously.

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Offshore

Within: Offshore – Leading silks

John Wardell QC - Wilberforce ChambersInstructed in TCI, Cayman and Gibraltar cases.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

John Wardell QC - Wilberforce ChambersReally grasps the detail of a case.

Within: Professional negligence

Wilberforce Chambers is an ‘excellent set for professional negligence’ cases and its expertise spans claims against solicitors, barristers, accountants, auditors, actuaries, construction professionals, finance practitioners, company directors and insurance brokers. Joanna Smith QC is acting for the claimant lender in Tiuta International Ltd v De Villiers Chartered Surveyors, a valuers claim. John Wardell QC acted for the claimant in a case against Bird & Bird LLP, for negligence in relation to the conveyance of a £26m property in North London.

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