John Dickinson > Chambers of Matthew White > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Matthew White
St John's Chambers

Work Department

Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Commercial, Court of Protection, Mediation, Professional Negligence, Real Estate, Wills & Trusts


John specialises in chancery and commercial litigation. John’s chancery practice includes contentious probate work, Court of Protection applications, disputes concerning trusts and settlements, pensions, all aspects of property litigation. John’s commercial practice includes local authority services contracts claims and adjudications, purchase agreements and other contract disputes, shareholder disputes, partnership and banking cases, insolvency, claimant and defendant professional negligence work including solicitors, accountants and financial institutions. John spent over 6 months in 2002-03 acting as counsel assisting Lord Penrose’s inquiry concerning Equitable Life. John is a mediator.


Qualified as chartered accountant 1991; practised for five years, latterly at Coopers & Lybrand for the BCCI investigation; called to the Bar 1995.


Chancery Bar Association

Associate Member of the Association of Contentious Trust And Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)

Western Chancery & Commercial Bar Association

Professional Negligence Bar Association

Financial Services Lawyers Association

Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales) FCA

Associate Member of the Association of Pension Lawyers

Member of the Court of Protection Bar Association


  • BA Comb Hons (Exon.) ACA (Qualified as a Chartered Accountant 1991) Dip. Law (Distinction)


Tennis and country walks.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

John DickinsonSt John’s Chambers

Bristol’s St John’s Chambers houses a team which is regularly instructed in cases involving claims against surveyors and solicitors, and is especially strong in handling work brought against architects. John Dickinson acts for banks and insurer clients in a range of professional negligence disputes, and Joss Knight has solid expertise in advising on claims brought against valuers, contract administrators and builders. James Pearce-Smith is sought after for his expertise in assisting claimants, with a core focus on acting for lender clients in cases relating to the banking sector. James Marwick is also a key name to note.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

John DickinsonSt John’s ChambersJohn is very thorough, and can marshal complex facts to provide clear legal advice. He is efficient and good with clients.’

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

John DickinsonSt John’s ChambersHe gets to the heart of the matter swiftly, and his analysis is crystal-clear. He also has a firm and reassuring manner with clients.’