John Male KC

Call: 1976

Silk: 2000

John is experienced in property law, planning and compulsory purchase.

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John was appointed as a Recorder in 2003, sitting in the County Court trying civil cases. He was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2014, sitting in the Chancery Division and now in the Business and Property Court.

John is experienced in all areas of property law, especially rent reviews concerning commercial property, and valuation disputes relating to the development and sale of land. 

After more than 40 years as a barrister litigating property law, planning and compulsory purchase disputes, John is now focused on using ADR to resolve such disputes. 

He acts as the dispute resolver in property disputes, whether as arbitrator, independent expert, legal assessor, or mediator. Highlights include acting as the sole arbitrator (with a valuation assessor) in what was then the largest ever open market rent review in Hong Kong about a logistics facility in the container port at Kwai Chung; acting as the sole arbitrator in the highways arbitration which went on appeal in London Borough of Southwark and Another v Transport for London [2018] UKSC 63 where his award was upheld by the Supreme Court and described by the Court as “admirable”; and arbitrating and mediating a large number of property and valuation related disputes.


Landmark's barristers often work at the intersection of our core practice areas; bringing a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience to bear on a particular dispute or issue facing a client.

Our focus is always on achieving the best possible outcome for our client. By viewing the client's objectives in a holistic way - and not purely through the lens of one rigidly-defined legal area - we deliver the best possible advice and representation in complex matters that engage multiple specialist areas of law. 

Whether it's providing support as an individual cross-practice barrister or a cross-disciplinary team of Landmark counsel, we are able to draw on an outstanding array of complementary skillsets and knowledge bases. This often achieves a better result than instructing multiple barristers from different specialist sets. This also improves the quality of client care through increased levels of communication, quicker response times, and a coordinated approach to clerking and fees, made possible by our team-based cross-practice approach.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

In recent years, most of John’s time has been devoted to acting as the dispute resolver in property, compulsory purchase and planning cases, particularly those involving valuation issues. He acts as an arbitrator, independent expert, adjudicator or mediator. He has sat as a village green Inspector. He continues to sit as a Recorder trying civil cases in the County Court and as a Deputy High Court Judge trying cases in the Business and Property Court.


John has been an accredited mediator since December 2009. He mediates in a wide range of property and valuation disputes. As well as acting as a mediator, John also has experience of acting for clients at mediations. As a property litigator with over 40 years experience he has an understanding of the wider issues facing those involved in all kinds of property disputes, whether they arise between commercial parties, public sector bodies or private clients. With that experience and understanding, John is well placed to help participants find practical and realistic solutions to property related disputes, especially those between landlords and tenants. Since becoming accredited, John has successfully mediated property disputes concerning dilapidations, options and business tenancies.

John is one of the editors of Hill and Redman’s Law of Landlord and Tenant.

Highways and Rights of Access


Boundary and Ownership Disputes

Commercial Landlord and Tenant

Conveyancing Disputes

Easements and Profits a Prendre

Highways and other Transport Infrastructure

Land Registration and Adverse Possession

Property Development including Overage disputes

Restrictive Covenants



Highways and Rights of Access

Undoubtedly up with the very best."

Chambers and Partners

Chambers Top Ranked UK Bar 2024 Uk leading silk 2024 WWL Real Estate Construction 2022 Rosette

Qualifications and achievements


  • John Male KC is a graduate of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University
  • Recorder (Civil)
  • Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery Division, now the Business and Property Court)




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Harry Feldman

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Ruby Sims

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