John Boumphrey

John Boumphrey
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BA Hons (Phil Lit) Dip law.


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

2021 - Mediator with the Society of Mediators


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.


  • 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

Senior Clerk – Andy Reeves on 0113 213 5252

Talia Webster on 0113 202 8609

Joshua Duree on 0113 213 5246

Mike Alexander on 0113 2135268

Ben Ellison-Tope on 0113 2135207