John McKendrick

Call date: 1999
Email: John McKendrick Clerk: David Smith
Areas of Law: Business & Banking, Disciplinary & Regulation, Public Law
Practice summary

John has provided his clients with high quality legal services for over twelve years. His practice focuses on public, regulatory and commercial work. He regularly acts for Her Majesty’s Government before the UK courts following his appointment to the Attorney General’s B Panel of Counsel in 2012 and his appointment as standing junior counsel to the Advocate General for Scotland (John is a qualified advocate in Scotland).

John was Times Lawyer of the Week in September 2013.

John is highly ranked in a number of areas of law in the Legal 500 and Chambers Partners and has recently been described as “an incredibly articulate advocate” and “an excellent and astute practitioner” who has received “outstanding feedback”.

Much of John’s practice focuses on public and regulatory matters. He regularly appears in the Court of Appeal, the High Court, the Administrative Court, the Court of Protection, the Upper Tribunal, disciplinary hearings and specialist tribunals. He has experience of litigation involving all forms of public law decision making including cases which deal with: human rights; healthcare; commercial and financial services; education; public procurement; mental health and incapacity; immigration; and local government.

John has particular expertise in the Court of Protection where he has acted in a number of significant property, social welfare and serious medical treatment cases. He has regularly appeared on behalf of the Official Solicitor. John is a member of STEP and worked for two years in fiduciary services.  John successfully acted for the local authority in the ground breaking case, in which Eleanor King J approved the sterilisation of a learning disabled man, making legal history.

John has significant experience of commercial litigation in the County and High Courts. He has advised large organisations and appeared in a number of commercial disputes before the courts.

John worked for a leading Panamanian law firm for two years and has worked across Latin America and the Caribbean. He was called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Court in the Territory of the Virgin Islands (the BVI) in March 2013. John has experience of arbitration in Latin America.

John has advised foreign governments, civil society and commercial organisations on anti-money laundering policies, due diligence and anti-bribery and fraud procedures. He has trained the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and worked with British Embassies overseas on the rule of law/transparency and anti corruption measures.

McKendrick, John

A selection of recent cases


  • DC Accountancy Services Limted v EDI plc [2013] EWHC 3378 (QB)


  • A Local Authority v TZ [2013] EWHC 2322 (COP)


  •  DMK v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] CSOH 152


  • A NHS Trust v DE [2013] EWHC 2562 (Fam)


  • R (ota Lee Hirons) v Secretary of State for Justice [2013] EWHC 1784 (Admin)


  • Harrow LBC v AM [2013] UKUT 157 (AAC); [2013] ELR 351


  • A Local Authority v K and Others [2013] EWHC 242 (COP)


  • AB v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] CSOH 20


  • Secretary of State for the Home Department v Darwins College [2012] EWCA 354


  • SBC v PBA and Others [2011] EWHC 2580 (Fam); [2011] COPLR Con Vol 1095


  • SC v BS and Others [2012] COPLR Vol 3


  • AB (by his litigation friend NW) v LCC and Others [2011] EWHC 3151 (COP)


  • A v A Local Authority and Others [2011] EWHC 727 (COP)


  • Salisbury Independent Living v Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council [2011] UKUT 44 (AAC)


  • MM and DM v London Borough of Harrow [2010] UKUT 395 (AAC)


    [2010] EWHC 3496 (Admin)


  • R (on the application of BROSTER & ORS) (Claimants) v WIRRAL METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL (Defendant) & SALISBURY INDEPENDENT LIVING (Interested Party)
    [2010] EWHC 3086 (Admin)


  • NA v London Borough of Barnet
    [2010] ELR 617


    [2008] EWHC 2433 (Admin)


    DC Accountancy Services Ltd v EDI PLC [2013] EWHC 3378 (QB  
John McKendrick

“A responsive, determined advocate,” “he brings clarity and calmness and is extremely good with difficult parties.” COP, Chambers & Partners 2014

"A ferocious, skilled, efficient advocate, with a wide-ranging practice." "He's a pragmatic and capable advocate, who understands schools and is extremely popular with clients." Education, Chambers & Partners 2014

"reliable, innovative, conscientious and very committed to clients." Chambers & Partners, 2013

He is "an incredibly articulate advocate with a skill for distilling a dispute down to its key elements," and "presents cases succinctly but thoroughly." He is praised for his "particular strength in assimilating large amounts of detail accurately and sometimes at short notice." Chambers & Partners, 2013


John McKendrick of Outer Temple Chambers is widely considered to be an "excellent and astute practitioner," who many say they would use without hesitation. Someone who can be counted on to do a "first-rate job," Chambers and Partners, 2012

Also highly praised is John McKendrick, who continues to enhance his reputation for independent schools work. Instructing solicitors agree he is "extremely flexible and generous with his time," whilst peers admire him as a "sharp and precise opponent.” Chambers and Partners, 2011

“...extraordinary commercial, user friendly and sharp.” Chambers and Partners, 2009

‘excellent knowledge of the law’ Education, Legal 500, 2011

"...formidable knowledge of the education field...inspiring confidence." Legal 500, 2009

Appointments & memberships:

  • Advocate, Member of the Faculty of Advocates, Scotland (Terra Firma Chambers)
  • Part Time Tribunal Judge, Additional Support Needs Tribunal, Scotland
  • Major Scholar, Inner Temple
  • Trustee, Migrants Resource Centre