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John Boumphrey

Year of call:
BA Hons (Phil Lit) Dip law.
2009 - Present
Craven District Council Independent Person
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
Personal Injury Bar Assocation
Admin Law Bar Association
Criminal Bar Association

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