John-Paul Swoboda > Chambers of William Audland KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of William Audland KC
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John-Paul specialises in all aspects of Personal Injury law. He is known for his expertise in Serious Injury, Asbestos Litigation, International and Travel litigation, Clinical Negligence, and Inquests. He undertakes high value work appearing in the High Court and Court of Appeal. He is approachable and thorough and enjoys working as part of a team.

In relation to asbestos claims he is instructed by most, if not all, well-regarded claimant firms with an established asbestos team. He is ranked in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. Recent reported cases include: Witham v Steve Hill Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 1312 (led by Steven Snowden QC); Gregory v H J Haynes Ltd [2020] EWHC 911 (Ch); Helm v Kenyon & Sons Ltd v Somewatch Ltd [2019] EWHC 1108 (QB); Cary v Vauxhall Motors Ltd [2019] EWHC 238 (QB); Mark v Universal Coatings and Services Ltd v Barrier Ltd [2018] EWHC 3206 (QB); Stacey v Triplex Safety Glass Company Ltd [2017] EWHC 1945 (QB).

John-Paul’s is ranked in the Legal 500 for Travel Law including Jurisdictional issues. His private international law expertise spans jurisdiction (pre and post Brexit), applicable law (pre and post Brexit), forum non conveniens cases and service out of the jurisdiction. John-Paul also has expertise in Package Holiday cases, Athens and Montreal Convention cases and clinical negligence cases with a foreign element. As a result of his Spanish language skills John-Paul is often instructed in Spanish cases and has appeared as an expert in English law in the Spanish Courts. Recent reported cases include: Chouza v Martins & Ors [2021] EWHC 1669 (QB) (Spanish law); Haggerty-Garton v ICI [2021] EWHC 2924 (QB) (Scots law).

John-Paul’s clinical negligence work is high value and he receives instructions from most ranked firms. He is ranked in the Legal 500 for his clinical negligence work. He enjoys the medical and scientific aspect of such litigation and works closely with his instructing solicitors and experts. He has significant experience of cases involving birth injury, amputation, unnecessary and negligent surgery, delayed diagnosis, fatal cases, disclosure of risk and the negligent administration of clinical drugs. He is an editor of the Clinical Negligence Law blog.

John-Paul is listed in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for his more general personal injury work which include EL, PL and RTA cases. Recent reported cases include: Irani v Duchon [2019] EWCA Civ 1846.

John-Paul acts for bereaved families, and occasionally acts for other interested parties, at Inquests. John-Paul has particular interest and expertise in Article 2 ECHR enhanced Inquests. He has acted in high profile Inquests such as the Inquest touching the death of Toni Speck (a death in police custody); the Inquest touching the death of Graham Coker (a death following oesophageal cancer surgery where there department was subsequently shut down); the Inquest touching the death of Jodie White-Charles where a young mother died of sickle cell complications as a result of Trust failures.


Called 2006.


PIBA; NEC; TATLA; West Riding Medico Legal Society.


BVC College of Law; University of Sheffield (LLB Hons 2004).


Yoga, guitar.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

John-Paul Swoboda12 King’s Bench Walk ‘A brave advocate who likes nothing more than to make new law, which is why he features in reported cases. Meticulous preparation and written work. Class.’

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Personal injury - Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

John-Paul Swoboda12 King’s Bench Walk ‘John-Paul is a standout junior in the personal injury field, willing to take on challenging and difficult cases that many others would not be willing to.’

London Bar > Clinical negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

John-Paul Swoboda12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Very thorough and impressive in conference with experts, particularly in relation to cardiac cases. He has a very good manner with clients and puts them at ease.’