John Campbell

Call: 2008

“Committed and commercial in his approach, with an articulate and personable nature that instils confidence.”

Legal 500
John Campbell

John heads up the Commercial Dispute Resolution and Property & Real Estate teams in chambers and has a busy and varied practice in those areas.

Very much in demand, John is developing a considerable following of clients both regionally and nationally. He is entrusted with increasingly complex and high value litigation in the High Court and County Courts. John acts on behalf of companies, private individuals and government departments, having been appointed to the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Counsel in 2020.

John read law at the University of Leicester and graduated with a First Class Honours degree.  He was awarded a Harmsworth Scholarship and completed a common law pupillage in London.

He is also direct access qualified and is happy to accept instructions from businesses and individuals looking for advice and representation.

Away from the Bar, John is a keen (if not accomplished) sportsman and musician and “enjoys” following the changing fortunes of Leicester City Football Club.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Described in the Legal 500 as “committed and commercial in his approach, with an articulate and personable nature that instils confidence”, John deals with a range of commercial disputes and is sensitive to the wider business implications of litigation. He is noted for giving pragmatic, direct and tactically astute advice to companies from the board level down.

He acts for companies of all sizes as well as partnerships, unincorporated associations and private individuals in consumer disputes.

While a robust and fearless trial advocate, John “thinks on his feet and sees all possible solutions in a case” (Legal 500) and is committed to finding a positive outcome for clients outside the courtroom wherever he can.

Examples of recent work include:

  • Acting for a household name in the retail industry defending a £5m claim for destruction of business, negligence and unjust enrichment;
  • Advising an aggregate crushing business on recovery of multi-million pounds losses following a pause in operations due to Covid-19;
  • Successfully defending a commercial landlord in a £330,000 claim by a tenant for conversion of goods and damage to property.

Housing

John regularly deals with residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes in both the private and public sectors.

He is a seasoned practitioner for both claimants and defendants in claims for possession, disrepair, matters relating to deposit protection, forfeiture, leasehold enfranchisement and anti-social behaviour, including contested committal proceedings.

John also deals with homelessness appeals in the County Courts and the full range of service charge and property management disputes in the Property Tribunals.

Planning & Environmental

John maintains a busy practice in contentious planning matters and has wide-ranging experience of appeals, public enquiries and applications for statutory or judicial review relating to development, change of use and enforcement notices, including those with a human rights element.

He also appeared on a Direct Access basis in the High Court on a statutory review concerning the scope and limits of a “conversion” for the purpose of permitted development rights – Hibbitt v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government [2016] EWHC 2853 (Admin).

Property & Real Estate

Property and Real Estate work comprises roughly 50% of John’s practice. He has a considerable following of specialist practitioners in the Midlands and beyond and enjoys thriving and busy paper-based practice.

John is frequently instructed to advise in complex matters involving easements, covenants, boundary disputes, adverse possession. He also deals with a range of contentious actions, particularly in co-ownership/cohabitation disputes in the courts and Property Tribunal involving constructive and resulting trusts, severance, proprietary estoppel and equitable accounting. He also has considerable experience in land registration actions.

Examples of recent work include:

  • Successfully representing a well-known entertainment company at trial and on appeal in a long-running dispute over prescriptive easements;
  • Advising and acting for private individuals in an embittered neighbour dispute concerning restrictive covenants, alleged interference with rights of way and a boundary dispute, all of which were successfully resolved at mediation;
  • Successfully defending a local authority in a £2m+ nuisance and negligence claim brought by a riparian landowner for destruction of business and loss of fish stock;
  • Acting for a property developer in a £600k solicitors’ negligence claim arising out of a failure to reserve sufficient access rights in a transfer of land.

Insolvency

John’s insolvency practice encompasses the full range of litigation from simple petitions for bankruptcy and winding up to more convoluted matters involving annulment, statutory demands, validity of service, appointment and supervision of trustees/receivers and disposal of property, including transactions at an undervalue.

Wills, Probate & Inheritance

John enjoys a considerable reputation in both contentious and non-contentious probate work. He regularly advises and acts for lay and professional executors and administrators in matters pertaining to intestacy, fraud, incapacity, undue influence and the interpretation of wills. He is also frequently instructed to draft and appear in proceedings under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Professional Negligence

John is frequently instructed in professional negligence actions on behalf of both claimants and defendant insurers, predominantly in the business services sector and the construction industry.

Appointments

  • Direct Access Qualified
  • Attorney General’s Regional B Panel of Counsel (2020)

Education

  • LLB (Hons), University of Leicester

Notable Cases

  • Hibbitt v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government [2016] EWHC 2853 (Admin)

Recommendations

"Mr. Campbell is approachable and articulate with an excellent analytical mind."

Legal 500 2022 - Property and construction

“Committed and commercial in his approach, with an articulate and personable nature that instils confidence.”

Legal 500 2021 - Commercial litigation

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