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Chambers of James Counsell KC and Keith Bryant KC
Outer Temple Chambers

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Public Law, Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration and Adjudication, International Law


Barrister specialising in Public Law, Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration and Adjudication, International Law.


John was called to the bar in 1999 and took silk in 2016.

Convener Additional Support Needs Tribunal; attorney general ‘B’ panel counsel; standing junior, advocate general, Scotland.

John practises in public and commercial law.

After taking silk in his late thirties, he has led teams before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, the Queen’s Bench Division, Chancery Division, Family Division, the Commercial Court, the Court of Protection, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, the Privy Council, the Scottish courts and in many arbitrations. The hallmark of his written and oral advocacy is precision and clarity, making the complicated straightforward. He provides his clients with pragmatic, commercially orientated advice. Over the course of his practice he has led in around 100 reported cases and in six cases that have been litigated before the Supreme Court.

John has a strong international element to his practice. He was the Attorney General of the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla for two years and continues to have strong connections in the Caribbean and appears before the Anguilla and BVI courts. A fluent Spanish speaker he has long standing connections in Latin America and has worked in Mexico, Colombia, Nicaragua and Panama. He is the author of the Latin American and Caribbean chapter of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery. He also works as a consultant on legal projects for the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank, the EU and others. He is a Vice Chair of the Bar Council’s International Committee.

The directories have described him in multiple areas of law as: “a brilliant and persuasive advocate“; “one of the best practitioners in the country“; “a ferocious, skilled, efficient advocate, with a wide-ranging practice” and “he …is very persuasive and articulate, and first rate with clients. Exceptionally bright, he can just take instructions and come up with a plan the next morning. He’s a bit of a magician in that way, and he’s brilliant to work with“.

He sits as a Recorder and a panel Deemster in the Isle of Man, previously spent 5 years as a Tribunal judge and arbitrates, adjudicates and mediates in a wide range of disputes. He is also a sanctions appeals officer to the Caribbean Development Bank.






London School for Economics (LLB); Oxford University (MSc).