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John Boumphrey

Year of call:
1992
Education:
BA Hons (Phil Lit) Dip law.
Appointments:
2009 - Present
Craven District Council Independent Person
2009-2010
West Yorks Criminal Justice Board, Equality and Diversity Committee Member
2012 - Present
British Fencing Disciplinary and Grievance Tribunal Chair
2016 - Present
Craven District Council Remuneration Committee
2016 – 2020
Head of Chancery Commercial and Property Group, Zenith Chambers
Memberships:
Personal Injury Bar Assocation
Admin Law Bar Association
Criminal Bar Association

John handles all aspects of personal injury, ranging from modest to catastrophic. He also appears in inquests and public inquiries.

John has a particular interest in injuries arising in sport and has significant sports experience and knowledge to draw from.

John is comfortable dealing with specialist expert evidence and has ready access to medical expertise for informal input.

John has a narrow expertise in cases involving Credit Hire and has acted in credit hire cases since 1994.

He has provided update lectures on sports injuries, head injury, credit hire, low velocity impact and third party costs orders.

John has extensive driving experience and understands emergency response and police driving. He held an RAC Racing Permit for two years and holds a full motorcycle license. He also cycles.

Areas of Expertise

  • Claims involving Police or Prisons
  • Road Traffic Accidents (including credit hire)
  • Occupiers’ Liability
  • Highways cases
  • Employer’s liability
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (“PUWER”).
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.
  • Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 and
  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992.
  • Inquests
  • Costs
  • Limitation
  • Sanctions
  • Fraudulent Claims
  • Claims involving criminal allegations
  • Sexual abuse
  • Assault
  • Quantum of Personal Injury Damages
  • Vento damages

Notable Cases

  • Defending a claim against a rugby club and team member following an on field incident which led to a significant eye injury;
  • PI claim involving historic sexual abuse allegations within an extended family;
  • Heseltine v Secretary of State for Home Department – Action for damages where Claimant with mental health problems set fire to himself whilst under supervision in a prison hospital wing.
  • Laura Garner Inquest – Which led to changes in the way urgent patients are assessed following admissions to hospital.
  • Canada Square Tower Crane Collapse – John acted for the family of the Crane operator during the exhaustive inquest into the collapse of a Wolff 320 BF tower crane at Canada Square, London, in which three workers were killed. He quickly developed substantial expertise in the operation, erection and maintenance of cranes.
  • Renard v Ali – Claim involving Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. All aspects of causation were considered.

Seminars

  • Low Velocity Injuries with Simon Ross and Frances Lawley
  • Sanctions for Royal College of Nursing  in Leeds

Public Access

John Boumphrey may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact John’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Andy Reeves on 0113 213 5252

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Daniel Highfield on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Joshua Duree on 0113 213 5246

John has a well-developed business practice encompassing contract, tort, employment, copyright, trade marks, passing off, sport and aspects of media including defamation. He also advises across the full range of General Common Law. He is particularly drawn to cases which include a range of issues.

John has advised on various aspects of European law particularly in relation to Trade Marks. He has applied for, and defended, a broad range of injunctions including ‘search’ and ‘freezing’ orders.

His work includes significant experience in advising where Criminal and Civil actions are running concurrently.

John frequently acts in circumstances where advice is needed in order to assist in avoiding media attention and has successfully applied for injunctions preventing the advertising and publication of a film and subsequent attempts to sell it on Amazon or show it at various private clubs.

He has advised on taking steps which have resulted in the removal of inaccurate information from the internet by Google and Amazon.

Soft IP cases including copyright and trade mark infringement in music and the packaging of consumer goods.

John has advised public relations firms and website providers on various aspects of their work.

John has broad and useful experience outside the law from banking, the Civil Service, and public relations.

John sits as “Independent Person” under the Localism Act for a local authority and has also chaired a local authority remuneration committee. He has a good understanding of the interior workings of councils and the higher echelons of the civil service and has advised on complex matters involving the disciplinary processes of Parliament and their interaction with courts. He has advised in relation to actions against local politicians and MPs.

John has advised on aspects of European law and lectured Montenegrin Judges and prosecuting authorities on money laundering as part of their application to join the EU. John was invited by the Patent Office (as was) to advise the Indian Government on IP issues.

John is able to advise in a quasi-non-executive or critical friend capacity and has contributed to complex projects and events as an extra source of oversight.

Areas of Expertise

  • Contract
  • Tort
  • Employment Law
  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Constructive Dismissal
  • Injunctions
  • Post contractual obligations and restrictive covenants
  • Inducement to breach contracts
  • Vento damages
  • Partnerships
  • Insurance
  • Regulatory
  • Administrative
  • Judicial Review
  • Local authority
  • Standards
  • Sport
  • Contracts
  • Disciplinary
  • Doping
  • Defamation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright
  • Trade Marks
  • Design rights (registered and unregistered)
  • Passing Off
  • Privacy
  • Internet use
  • Ecommerce
  • Publication
  • ADR and Mediation
  • Sale of Goods
  • Some consumer credit
  • Aspects of Banking and Finance
  • Boundary disputes
  • Civil fraud
  • Push payment fraud
  • Abuse of process as a cause of action
  • Aspects of company litigation
  • Media
  • Data Protection
  • GDPR
  • Privacy
  • Right to report
  • Aspects of Financial Services
  • Aspects of Insolvency
  • Planning (enforcement only)
  • Product liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Shareholder /Director disputes (generally non PLC)
  • Aspects of trusts
  • Government
  • Local
  • Parliamentary
  • misconduct in public office
  • Aspects of charity law

Reported Cases

  • Counsel for the three corporate defendants in Tenon FM Limited v Cawley 2018 EWHC 1972 (QB) which explored issues in post contractual obligations and inducements to breach contracts.
  • Yvonne James v Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (2011)
  • R v Johnstone (Robert Alexander) 2003 UKHL 28 (2003) 1 WLR 173

Notable Cases

  • Amerik Singh v Virenda Pal Singh Sikka, HM Attorney General and Others – Fraudulent elections in a charity

Public Access

John Boumphrey may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact John’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Andy Reeves on 0113 213 5252

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Daniel Highfield on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Joshua Duree on 0113 213 5246

John has acted in significant cases involving; Intellectual Property, Animal Cruelty Fraud, Export of Chemical Weapons, Environment Damage to areas of Special Scientific Interest, Asbestos, and Shipping. He has represented a person described by the press as the “largest bootlegger in the world”

John’s expertise in Copyright and Trademark Law and understanding of European Law took him to the House of Lords in the leading case of R v Johnstone. John’s has broad and useful experience outside the bar he has been employed in banking the civil service, and public relations. He has a good understanding of local and parliamentary government.

John sits on the Standards Committee at Craven District Council and is a Statutory Independent Person for the authority under the Localism Act. He also sat on the West Yorkshire Criminal Justice Board Equality and Diversity Committee, he chairs a remuneration committee for a local authority.

John is Chair of Discipline and Grievance for British Fencing and is responsible for maintaining a panel of adjudicators for disciplinary hearings. This experience gives him a good understanding of disciplinary proceedings. He advised in the preparation for the Tour de France, the start of which was held in Yorkshire in 2014 and continues to advise in relation to other significant cycling events.

John has represented police officers, lawyers and politicians in criminal and civil actions and serving police officers facing disciplinary proceedings. For 4 Years, John was Counsel for the Metropolitan Police and he has acted for the Police Federation and its insurers. John was designated Counsel for UNIFED, a short-lived rival to the Police Federation. John also has extensive experience of actions against the police.

John has advised on aspects of European law and lectured Montenegrin Judges and prosecuting authorities on money laundering as part of their application to join the EU

John accepts instructions for inquests. He was Counsel for the estate of the crane driver in the Canada Square crane disaster. John also acted for the parents of Laura Garner in a case which led to changes in the way urgent patients are assessed following admissions to hospital.

Representing doctors, teachers, police officers, nurses, pharmacists, footballers and fencers in front of disciplinary panels.

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal cases involving civil claims
  • Intellectual property crime
  • Copyright
  • Trade mark
  • Police discipline
  • Inquests
  • Importation of licensed medical goods
  • Trading Standards offences
  • Animal welfare offences
  • Cruelty
  • Unnecessary suffering
  • Horse passport infractions
  • Export of materials in manufacture of chemical weapons
  • Sports Discipline
  • Government
  • Local
  • Parliamentary
  • Misconduct in public office

Reported Cases

  • R v David Lindley (2016) [2016] EWCA Crim 1980
  • Yvonne James v RSPCA (2011)  [2011] EWHC 1642 (Admin) . (2011) 175 JP 485 : [2012] 5 Costs LO 547. Notices to be given by veterinary surgeons before investigating animals or taking them into police care and orders in relation to the expense of keeping defendant’s animals.
  • R v Johnstone (Robert Alexander) 2003 UKHL 28 (2003) 1 WLR 1736 

Notable Cases

  • R v Gomez and Tinling – Defence leading counsel in prison Attempted Murder involving prisoners in a High Security Unit
  • R v Khan R v Uddin – Defence counsel in multi handed fraud cases involving gangs posing as bank officials in order to target elderly victims into handing over their life savings.
  • R v O – Represented Defendant charged with copyright infringement of music.
  • R v Lindley – Defence counsel in S18 matter with case referred to Attorney General due to leniency of sentence.
  • R v A – Export of material capable of being used in the manufacture of chemical weapons to a non-convention country. Involved questions relating to the exercise of the discretion to prosecute against individuals instead of a company.
  • R v Reilly – Importation of Viagra without medicines licenses.

Seminars

  • Prosecution of Hate Crime
  • Confiscation
  • Assorted update lectures for local authorities

Personal Information

John enjoys spending time with his family (and grudgingly with his dog). He has participated in various sports to high level. He is a former National Junior Epee Champion and won Bronze at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in 1990. He enjoys Skiing and Mountaineering.

Public Access

John Boumphrey may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact John’s clerks

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250