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Chambers of Richard Atkins KC
St Philips Chambers
55 TEMPLE ROW
BIRMINGHAM
B2 5LS
England

Work Department

St Philips Business & Property

Position

John has a broad based practice in chancery and commercial law, acting in a wide range of work including contractual, property and professional negligence disputes, together with commercially related judicial review claims and a variety of sports law matters. He is an accredited mediator and was a deputy High Court Judge for 16 years. John has acted in a substantial number of lengthy trials and high value claims, including: ten lead cases in a group action for professional negligence, tried in the Chancery Division in Birmingham over seven weeks; and Queen’s Bench proceedings on behalf of a substantial Building Society seeking to recover losses of over £50 million from MIG and pool insurers in respect of post-property crash defaults and capital losses. His experience includes two major trials involving the extensive use of computers in the court room during the hearing, numerous appeal cases, and a number of remote video hearings. John is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales law school in Sydney, and has taught both there and at the University of Melbourne on its Law Masters programme. He is also a frequent speaker at legal seminars in the United Kingdom. John’s international experience includes appearances in the Court of Appeal of Tanzania, the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, and the High Court of Justice of the Isle of Man (both Civil and Staff of Government Divisions), and providing expert evidence of English law for Courts in Spain and Eire. He has received two ‘Barrister of the Year’ awards. Visit John’s personal website at www.johnrandallqc.co.uk.

Career

Called 1978, Lincoln’s Inn; silk 1995; deputy high court judge, Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions, 2000-2016; Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn, 2003; external examiner, Bar professional training course 2008-2015; member, Legal Services Consultative Panel 2000-09; Adjunct Professor, University of New South Wales 2013 (Visiting Fellow 2004-2013); Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne 2014-17. Publications of note: The Tort of Conversion (with Sarah Green), 2009 (Hart Publishing, Oxford) – finalist in the triennial Inner Temple Book Prize (2011); ‘Rethinking the Economic Torts’ (with Prof Simon Deakin) (2009) 72 Modern Law Review 519; ‘Caparo v Dickman – Legal Celebrity or Jurisprudential Substance?’, in Cases that Changed our Lives, 2010 (LexisNexis Butterworths, London); ‘Proprietary estoppel and the common intention constructive trust – Strange bedfellows or a match in the making?’ (2010) 4 Journal of Equity 171; ‘Detinue, Trover & Conversion’ (with Prof Brendan Edgeworth) in Historical Foundations of Australian Law – Volume II, Commercial Common Law (Federation Press, Sydney, 2013); ‘Express Termination Clauses in Contracts’ [2014] Cambridge Law Journal 113; ‘When Louisa Carlill Caught the Flu – Carlill v The Carbolic Smoke Ball Co’, in Cases that Changed our Lives 2, 2014 (LexisNexis Butterworths, London); ‘Criminal Convictions in the Civil Courts’ (with Matthew Dyson) [2015] Cambridge Law Journal 78; ‘England’s Splendid Isolation’ (with Matthew Dyson) in Comparing Crime and Tort (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Memberships

Midland Circuit; Chancery Bar Association; COMBAR; Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association (MCCBA); Society of Legal Scholars.

Education

Jesus College, Cambridge (1977 BA (Hons) 2(1); 1981 MA); barrister of New South Wales (1979); barrister and solicitor of Western Australia (2001).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

John Randall KCSt Philips Chambers ‘John is extremely hard-working. He has an excellent tactical brain but is very user-friendly in consultations.’ 

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 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

John Randall KCSt Philips Chambers ‘John is the go-to silk for heavy corporate litigation in both Birmingham and London. He is a real polymath across many areas of law. He is peerless, fearless and is always the right choice for big cases.’  

St Philips Chambers is ‘a tremendous commercial set with a number of talented barristers and a strong clerking team’. John Randall KC, who is ‘extremely hard-working’ with an ‘excellent tactical brain,’ recently represented several property owners from the Cayman Islands in a land registry dispute. Andrew Charman successfully represented the estate of a deceased sole shareholder of a private company to obtain rectification of the register of shareholders for the appointment of a new director.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Property and construction

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

John Randall KCSt Philips Chambers ‘John is extremely hard-working. He has an excellent tactical brain and is very user-friendly in consultations.’

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 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

John Randall KCSt Philips Chambers ‘John’s towering strength is his ability to absorb the whole landscape of a document, pinpoint the issues and analyze them with surgical precision. He never looks down on his clients, even if they have made mistakes.’ 

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Company and insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

John Randall KCSt Philips Chambers ‘John is the go-to silk for heavy corporate litigation in both Birmingham and London. He is a real polymath across many areas of law. He is peerless, fearless and is always the right choice for big cases.’