John Brennan > Chambers of Richard Atkins KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Atkins KC
St Philips Chambers
B2 5LS


John’s practice encompasses a very broad range of chancery and commercial work. John is regularly instructed in real property disputes including, in particular, disputes over the ownership of the quasi-matrimonial home, easements, restrictive covenants, adverse possession claims, boundary disputes and Party Wall Etc Act 1996 claims. He has considerable experience in the construction of sale and purchase agreements, development agreements and overage agreements. His practice encompasses cases in the High Court, the County Court and proceedings before the adjudicator to HM Land Registry. John accepts instructions in both non-contentious and contentious probate matters. He has acted in cases in which the capacity of the testator, the validity of the will, and the administration of the estate have been in dispute. He has made and resisted applications under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. He also accepts instructions in both non-contentious and contentious trust matters and is regularly instructed in disputes over the beneficial ownership of property allegedly held on trust. He has a particular interest in cases that concern allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, knowing assistance and receipt, tracing, rectification and mistake. His aim is to provide clear, reliable advice and provide a user-friendly service. He undertakes a certain amount of work on a conditional fee basis.


Called 1996; Lincoln’s Inn.


Chancery Bar Association; Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association.


Oxford (MA, modern history, first class); Lincoln’s Inn (Mansfield Scholar).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

John BrennanSt Philips Chambers ‘John is a very knowledgeable barrister who enjoys getting into complex, technical issues. He is able to quickly assess detailed factual matters and break them down into the key issues. He is also a very strong advocate who commands great respect in the courtroom.’ 

St Philips Chambers continues to handle a wide variety of professional negligence claims as a part of business and property practice. John Randall KC and John Brennan have extensive experience of handling complex and high-value disputes involving legal professions, accountants, and wealth managers, among others.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

John BrennanSt Philips Chambers ‘John has a keen intellectual grasp of the subject and is thorough in his advice and paperwork. He puts forward his client’s case effectively in court and is sharp on cross-examination.’  

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Property and construction

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

John BrennanSt Philips Chambers ‘John is knowledgeable and very good with paperwork. He is also approachable and prepared to discuss the case in its wider context.’ 

St Philips Chambers’ business and property team continues to handle some of the most complex, varied, and high-profile cases for a broad client base. ‘Hard-working silk’ John Randall KC is handling a land registry rights issue for the residents of the Britannia development on Grand Cayman. ‘Extremely knowledgeable’ John Brennan recently acted on behalf of a householder on a dispute over rights of way, rights of drainage and boundary, against a neighbouring property development site. Anthony Verduyn is known for his ‘incredible knowledge and commercial approach’ and recently represented multiple companies in an action for wrongful forfeiture of a lease. In January 2022 Christopher Buckingham joined the team from Enterprise Chambers.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

John BrennanSt Philips Chambers