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John Ross QC

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1 CHANCERY LANE (Chambers of Simon Readhead QC)


Barrister specialising in professional liability and insurance-related claims, general commercial/contract, personal injury, clinical negligence and local authority cases. He appears and advises in jurisdictions overseas. Cases include: Feest v South West Strategic Health & Anr [2014] EWHC 177 (QB); Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings Incorporated [2014] EWHC 273 (QB); Wembridge Claimants & Ors v Winter & Ors [2013] EWHC 2331 (QB); EUI Ltd v Bristol Alliance Ltd [2012]; Bristol Alliance v James Williams & Bell Insurance [2011] – property insurance, statutory interpretation, effect of European Directives; Baylis Farm Ltd v RB Dymott Builders Ltd. [2010] – implied warranty of fitness for purpose in construction contracts; London & South Eastern Railway v British Transport Police Authority [2009] – judicial review of decision of statutory body; Kew v Bettamix Ltd and Ors [2006] CA – Limitation Act; Stansell Ltd v Co-operative Group (CWS) Limited [2005] – effectiveness of non-assignment cause in JCT contract in face of a purported statutory transfer of cause of action; Healy v Cosmos Air & Vilar de Lapa Lda [2005] – liability of foreign hotel in relation to diving injuries suffered by tourist abroad; College Credit v (1) National Guarantee Corp and (2) Peter Parker [2004]; Carty v London Borough of Croydon [2004] CA; Sandhar v Department of Transport [2004] CA; Moy v Petman-Smith [2004] HL; Dempsey v Johnstone [2003] CA; McManus v Sharif [2003] CA; Grimm v Newman and Chantrey Vellacott DFK [2002] CA; Cummins v Shell International Manning Services Ltd [2002] CA; Anderton v Clwyd [2002] CA; Murphy v MOD [2001]; Goodes v East Sussex County Council [2000] HL.


Called 1971; Inner Temple bencher 2006; recorder 1994; QC 2001; Head of Chambers 2007; publications: contributing the chapter on architects’ and engineers’ negligence in ‘Pittaways and Hammerton: Professional Negligence Cases’ (Butterworths 1998).


Professional Negligence Bar Association; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; Technology and Construction Bar Association.


University College, London (1968 LLB; 1970 LLM).


Golf, cricket, racing, bridge.

London Bar


Within: Consumer – Leading silks

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery LaneRecommended for travel law.

Within: Consumer

1 Chancery Lane is reputed for its work in travel and leisure-related cases, most notably in overseas accident litigation. Key figures include John Ross QC, who represents claimants and insurers for professional negligence and insurance issues, and Matthew Chapman QC, who has extensive experience in cross border litigation.

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Within: Personal injury – Leading silks

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery LaneHe is a powerful advocate who commands the courtroom and has tenacity and eye for detail.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery LaneAn exceptional counsel.

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Within: Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading silks

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery LaneAdvises both claimants and defendants on accidents abroad and has expertise in overseas jurisdictions.

Within: Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

1 Chancery Lane is ‘one of the main sets for travel law’ which is ‘particularly good on package travel’ and is described as ‘excellent’ and ‘having no weak links’. The set is ‘strong throughout’ with standout silks such as Matthew Chapman QC and John Ross QC, and leading juniors like Sarah Prager, who has ‘good understanding of law’, and ‘the quite sharpJack Harding.

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