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John Taylor KC has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice, including banking, financial services, professional negligence, aviation, commercial fraud, company and insurance. His work includes appearing in international commercial arbitrations and market tribunals as well as in overseas jurisdictions.

Recent banking litigation includes the interest rate swaps and LIBOR litigation, credit card interchange fee disputes, the Court of Appeal case of Smith v Royal Bank of Scotland EWCA Civ 1832 [2022] 1 WLR 2136 concerning the limitation period applicable to unfair credit relationship claims, and the DIFC case of Altamimi and Ors v Emirates NBD Bank and Ors (Cooke J, DIFC, 31 March 2022) concerning the recognition of foreign insolvency proceedings by the DIFC.

Recent commercial practice has involved acting in several cases for private equity investors in disputes with the vendors of large corporates, including allegations of negligently inaccurate accounting and breaches of tax and accounting warranties. John represented the defendants successfully challenging the jurisdiction of the English Courts on the grounds of forum non conveniens and the ability to obtain a fair trial in a foreign jurisdiction (Nimer v United Al Saqer Group LLC [2021] EWHC 50 (QB)).

John has advised on and appeared in cases raising issues of contractual frustration (Natixis v Famfa Oil [2020] 2 WLUK 330), MAC clauses in the light of governmental sanctions, and the effect of the Coronavirus on a share sale price adjustment mechanism.

Recent professional negligence claims include acting for liquidators in a High Court claim against a big 4 accountancy firm arising out of the collapse of a lending business and a claim against a City firm of solicitors concerning inadequate security taken for the deferred consideration payable under a share sale agreement.

John’s aviation practice covers aircraft leases, financing, sales, design, manufacture and insurance. Recent practice in 2022 includes acting in a Commercial Court claim defending a European airline in relation to claims for damages arising out of the termination of long-term leases of Airbus A320 aircraft raising issues of compliance with conditions precedent, contractual construction and mitigation.

John’s recent arbitration practice included representing a global oil services company in an ICC arbitration concerning multi-million dollar claims under a cross-border co-operation agreement.

John’s cases frequently involve regulatory matters – including FCA and hearings before Tribunals such as the London Metal Exchange disciplinary panel.


Called 1993, Middle Temple, Astbury Scholar; admitted to the DIFC Court (Dubai); contributor to ‘The Law of Bank Payments’ (5th ed 2018) Sweet & Maxwell, and to ‘Carriage by Air’ Butterworths.


Commercial Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; British Association for Sport and Law.


Cambridge University (1991 MA Hons First Class).


Tennis, football, skiing.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Aviation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

John Taylor KCFountain Court ChambersJohn is hugely dedicated to his craft. He carefully analyses the issues and advocates with great effect and tenacity in court. His written advice is clear and he distils complex issues. He works collaboratively with solicitors. A superb tactician.

Fountain Court Chambers is regarded as ‘an impressive set and a go-to for aviation’ with expertise in a range of commercial disputes including redelivery, leasing and aircraft purchase agreements. The set is also experienced in aviation claims involving disaster, catastrophic loss and damage. Akhil Shah KC acted for Goshawk in relation to leasing disputes concerning a Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Michael McLaren KC has acted for Olympic Council of Asia in a claim for damages arising from a purchase agreement for an executive jet. Bankim Thanki KC and Rosalind Phelps KC are frequently instructed by major airlines and regulators while John Taylor KC is acting for Ryanair in a Commercial Court action. Giles Robertson  focuses on civil fraud and banking matters in this space.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

John Taylor KCFountain Court Chambers ‘John is an exceptional oral advocate who commands the attention of the court and the judge. He carries himself with gravitas and each submission is put with deep-seated conviction.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 6

John Taylor KC – Fountain Court Chambers ‘John has an extraordinary command of the law. He is highly intellectual and incisive, but has an easy bedside manner and actively listens to the suggestions and concerns of solicitors and clients alike.’