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 fifteen 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.  Recent examples include being led by Richard Lissack QC on behalf of a major oil company; advising a major pharmaceutical company on a non compete agreement; advising shareholders of an off-shore company in respect of a substantial property dispute and representing the Pearson group in a successful defence of an appeal against a strike out decision.

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.

John has worked in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. He speaks fluent Spanish.

Recent Cases:

TY (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA 1233

Secretary of State for the Home Department v ZP (India) [2015] EWCA 1197

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v C [2015] EWCOP 80

Re NRA and others [2015] EWCOP 59                   

JM (A Child) and a NHS Trust v Mr. M and others [2015] EWHC 283 (Fam)

R (Bhatt) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 1724 (Admin)

HH v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] CSIH 33[2015]CSIH33.html&query=mckendrick&method=boolean

Trust A v X And Others [2015] EWHC 922 (Fam); [2015] Fam. Law 636

R (Khan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 640 (Admin)
Available on Westlaw.

The Mental Health Trust and Others v DD and Another [2015] EWCOP 4

MASM v MMAM and Others [2015] EWCOP 3

London Borough of Tower Hamlets v TB and Another [2014] EWCOP 53

Derbyshire County Council v AC [2014] EWCOP 38

Re. X and Others (Deprivation of Liberty) (Number 2) [2014] EWCOP 37

X and Others (Deprivation of Liberty) [2014] EWCOP 25

LBX v TT and Others [2014] EWCOP 24

Archer v Governor of Low Newton Prison [2014] EWHC 2407 (Admin)

The Mental Health Trust and Others v DD and BC (No. 2) [2014] EWCOP 13

BK and AS v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] CSOH 109

The Mental Health Trust and Others v DD and BC [2014] EWCOP 11

The Mental Health and Acute Trust and The Council v DD and BC [2014] EWCOP 8

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust v ML and Others [2014] EWCOP 2

R (ota Lee Hirons) v Secretary of State for Justice [2014] EWCA Civ 514

HY (AP) Re Judicial Review [2014] CSOH 72
HY (AP), Re Judicial Review [2014] ScotCS CSOH_72 (16 April 2014)  

A Local Authority v TZ (No. 2) [2014] EWHC 973 COP
A Local Authority v TZ (No. 2) [2014] EWHC 973 (COP) (01 April 2014)

HH (AP) Re Judicial Review [2014] CSOH 26
HH (AP), Re Judicial Review [2014] ScotCS CSOH_26 (14 February 2014)

AR (FC) v SSHD [2013] CSOH 195
AR (FC) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] ScotCS CSOH_195 (18 December 2013)

DC Accountancy Services v Education Development International PLC [2013] EWHC 3378 (QB)

Kasonga& Another Re Judicial Review [2013] CSOH 152
Kasonga & Anor, Re Judicial Review [2013] ScotCS CSOH_152 (10 September 2013)

A NHS Trust v DE [2013] EWHC 2562 (Fam)
A NHS Trust v DE [2013] EWHC 2562 (Fam) (16 August 2013)

A Local Authority v TZ [2013] EWHC 2322 (COP)
A Local Authority v TZ [2013] EWHC 2322 (COP) (31 July 2013)

R (ota Lee Hirons) v Secretary of State Justice [2013] EWHC 1784 (Admin)
Dale Lee-Hirons, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Justice & Anor [2013] EWHC 1784 (Admin) (28 June 2013)

Harrow Council v AM [2013] UKUT 157 (AAC)
Harrow Council v AM [2013] UKUT 157 (AAC) (27 March 2013)

A Local Authority v K [2013] EWHC 242 (COP)
A Local Authority v K [2013] EWHC 242 (COP) (15 February 2013)

AB Re Judicial Review [2013] CSOH 20
AB, Re Judicial Review [2013] ScotCS CSOH_20 (05 February 2013)

Secretary of State for the Home Department v Darwins College [2012] EWCA Civ 354
Darwins College Ltd v Secretary of State for the Home department [2012] EWCA Civ 354 (15 February 2012)

McKendrick, JohnThe Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

John McKendrick

"He is especially good at assimilating lots of paperwork very quickly and thoroughly. He has a good style in court and judges like him which is very useful."  Chambers & Partners 2016

"Incredibly good at getting a case down to three, four or five pertinent facts, he cuts out a lot of unrelated stuff." Chambers & Partners 2016

"Quickly and deservedly becoming known as one of the best practitioners in the country who deals with some of the difficult and sensitive issues in Court of Protection litigation. He comes up with creative ways to overcome the most difficult issues in cases. He is also a formidable advocate who really fights for his client." Chambers & Partners 2016

''Recognised for his experience acting for leading independent schools.'' Education, Legal 500, 2015

''He has an excellent grounding in Court of Protection and social welfare cases.'' Civil liberties and human rights, Legal 500, 2015

''He has significant experience in regulatory judicial review.'' Administrative and public law, Legal 500, 2015

"He has a tenacious, no-nonsense approach, and is very persuasive and articulate, and first rate with clients." "Exceptionally bright, he can just take instructions and come up with a plan the next morning. He's a bit of a magician in that way, and he's brilliant to work with."
Chambers and Partners 2015

‘An excellent lawyer.’ Civil liberties and human rights, Legal 500, 2014

‘Strong in Court of Protection cases.’ Legal 500, 2014

“A responsive, determined advocate,” “he brings clarity and calmness and is extremely good with difficult parties.” 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." 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 & 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 & Partners, 2011

“...extraordinary commercial, user friendly and sharp.” Chambers & 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