John Jolliffe’s practice covers a range of public and private law. He appears regularly in the Administrative Court, Queen’s Bench Division and the TCC, as well as the County Courts and specialist tribunals. He particularly enjoys trials, and advocacy of all kinds. In March 2010, he was appointed to the Attorney General’s panel of counsel to the Crown, following a competitive application process.
He is a contributor to Burnett-Hall on Environmental Law (chapters on air pollution and environmental permitting). He has been instructed in various civil law environmental matters, including nuisance (e.g. noise, vibrations, anti-social behaviour etc) and damage to property claims. He has particular experience of contaminated land matters under part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. He is instructed on behalf of companies charged with regulatory criminal offences, for example concerning water pollution. He acts pro bono for the Environmental Law Foundation, and is a member of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA). His government clients include DEFRA. Reported cases include: R (ota Crest Nicholson) v DEFRA and others (with David Hart QC)
Professional Negligence and Construction
He is instructed in professional negligence claims against solicitors, vets, valuers, surveyors, architects and engineers. He regularly appears at interim hearings in the Technology and Construction Court. He is often instructed in trials and applications in the County Courts, and has a high success rate in obtaining summary judgment against worthless and vexatious claims. His insurer clients include Aviva, Royal Sun Alliance, Bar Mutual and the Veterinary Defence Society. He has experience of the overlap between professional indemnity work and professional disciplinary bodies, e.g. the Architects Registration Board. Much of his professional negligence work has an environmental and/or planning law dimension, in particular cases involving architects, solicitors, planning and environmental consultants. Reported cases include: D Morgan Plc v (1) Mace & Jones (2) John Hoggett QC
Clinical Negligence, Healthcare and Inquests
He is instructed in disciplinary proceedings, inquests (for families, NHS trusts and HM Prison Service) and clinical negligence and personal injury claims (for claimants and defendants). He has extensive experience of jury inquests. Reported cases include: R (ota Compton) v GMC  2868 (Admin)
He is regularly instructed on behalf of government departments in the Administrative Court. He appears frequently in permission hearings for the Secretary of State for the Home Department, often several times a week. Other government clients range from HM Prison Service to the Charity Commission. He also represents claimants, and will consider acting pro bono. Reported cases include: R (ota Atapattu) v SSHD
He has acted for HM Prison Service in various courts and tribunals – the Administrative Court, the County Court, Coroners Inquests and the Employment Tribunal. This experience has given him a deep understanding of the unique demands faced by HM Prison Service. Reported cases include:
R (ota Bashir) v Independent Adjudicator (1) HMP Ryehill (2) Secretary of State for Justice
R (ota AB) v (1) Secretary of State for Justice (2) Governor of HMP Manchester (assisting Oliver Sanders, before appointment to the panel)
His experience includes unfair dismissal, redundancy and all types of discrimination case. He has particular experience in acting for government departments and NHS trusts, and has appeared before the Employment Appeals Tribunal. He was instructed as junior counsel to Marina Wheeler for a three week Race Relations Act claim.
Inns of Court School of Law (BVC)
City University (CPE Diploma in Law)
Trinity College, Dublin (First Class Honours in Classics)
Case notes for Lawtel and www.humanrights.org.uk
Contributor to Burnett-Hall, Environmental Law
Contributor to Insurance Day, Environmental Liability and other specialist publications.
Junior Counsel to the Crown C Panel
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