John McKendrick

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

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.

Recent Cases:

The Mental Health Trust and Others v DD and BC (No. 2) [2014] EWCOP 13
http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2014/13.html

BK and AS v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] CSOH 109
http://www.bailii.org/scot/cases/ScotCS/2014/2014CSOH109.html

The Mental Health Trust and Others v DD and BC [2014] EWCOP 11
http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2014/11.html

The Mental Health and Acute Trust and The Council v DD and BC [2014] EWCOP 8
http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2014/8.html

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust v ML and Others [2014] EWCOP 2
http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2014/2.html

R (ota Lee Hirons) v Secretary of State for Justice [2014] EWCA Civ 514
http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2014/553.html

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)
http://www.lawtel.com/UK/FullText/AC9401419QBD.pdf

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)

AB v LCC [2011] EWHC 3151 (COP)
AB v LCC (A Local Authority) [2011] EWHC 3151 (COP) (06 December 2011)

A v A Local Authority [2011] EWHC 727 (COP)
A v A Local Authority & Ors [2011] EWHC 727 (COP) (29 March 2011)

Salisbury Independent Living v Wirral MBC [2010] UKUT 44 (AAC)
Salisbury Independent Living v Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council (HB) [2011] UKUT 44 (AAC) (28 January 2011)

MM and DM v London Borough of Harrow [2010] UKUT 395 (AAC)
MM & DM v London Borough of Harrow [2010] UKUT 395 (AAC) (27 October 2010)

R (ota Bewry) v Norfolk County Council [2010] EWHC 2545 (Admin)
Bewry, R (on the application of) v Norfolk County Council [2010] EWHC 2545 (Admin) (06 October 2010)

R (ota R) v Kent County Council [2007] EWHC 2135 (Admin)
R, R (on the application of) v Kent County Council [2007] EWHC 2135 (Admin) (06 September 2007)

McKendrick, John

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