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John Wardell QC

Call: 1979    QC: 2002

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Practice Overview

John is ranked as a ‘leading silk’ in Chancery Commercial in Chambers Global 2015, in Chancery Commercial, Civil Fraud, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Professional Negligence in Chambers & Partners 2015, and in Commercial Litigation, Company, Civil Fraud and Professional Negligence in The Legal 500, 2014.

The recent edition of Chambers & Partners, 2016 describe him as “extremely knowledgeable on the law, highly collaborative and excellent at team leadership.” “He’s a fantastic advocate, who’s very commercial and very hands on.”  He has a strong reputation for handling civil fraud claims, particularly in the context of corporate transactions. “Terribly clever relentless, thorough and devastating in court.” “Extremely good at team management, tactics and cross-examination.”

Chambers Global, 2016 note that he is the “go-to silk for pretty much anything in the commercial, fraud or professional negligence space.”

Chambers & Partners, 2015 described him as a standout professional with years of experience of handling complex commercial fraud cases. “His advice has real clarity and strategic vision, and he always displays a strong tactical grip.” He is an “outstanding advocate who is highly skilled at cross-examination. He is able to digest large volumes of information quickly and impresses clients with his commercial knowledge.”  “He has a great eye for detail, is incredibly numerate and user-friendly…”

As well as applauding his strategic thinking and cross-examination skills, solicitors welcome his willingness to back his judgment. “Very few counsel will stick their neck out, but he’s one of them: he’s prepared to commit and say what he thinks.” “He gives bold advice and sticks to it. He is very calm, good on his feet, clever and has a nice touch with clients.”

John has an extremely broad and varied commercial litigation practice. Most of his cases are heard in the High Court although he also does international arbitration work and regularly appears in offshore jurisdictions (including BVI, Grand Cayman, Turks and Caicos, Singapore, Hong Kong and many European countries).

In the last five years, he has spent an increasing amount of time on complex fraud claims, many of which involve company law issues.

Many of John’s commercial cases involve claims for breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty.

John also undertakes professional negligence and indemnity work for both claimants and defendants. He has acted for and against a wide range of professionals, including solicitors, barristers, surveyors, financial advisers, accountants and actuaries.

John immerses himself in all aspects of his cases. He easily assumes the role of a leader prepared to back his own judgment, but is also a collaborative team player.  John is an extremely good advocate, adept at modifying his tone and approach to the tribunal and at sensing how a Judge is seeing the case. He consistently impresses with thorough preparation and focussed and effective cross-examination. He is rock solid on the law, reliable on paperwork and is described by solicitors as a joy to work with. What most impresses is his unwavering commitment to his cases, and to his clients.