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John Male QC

Call: 1976Silk: 2000
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Practice Summary

John Male QC was called to the Bar in 1976 and took silk in 2000. He is experienced in property law, planning and compulsory purchase. He 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. He is a member of ARBRIX.

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.


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


John receives consistent recommendations from the main legal directories. Chambers & Partners 2022 states, “He is friendly, helpful, approachable and bright.”

Chambers & Partners 2021 lists him as a leading silk in real estate litigation:  “He’s very well regarded as a senior silk to go to and he is trusted if you’ve got warring parties.” “A very safe and steady pair of hands.”. Chambers & Partners 2020 edition stated: “He is calm, measured and incredibly clever.” “He is always approachable, succinct and a real gentleman.” “He knows property law inside out. He has a very patient manner and diplomacy skills.”

The 2021 Legal 500 states that John is “an excellent barrister”.

Previous editions state:

“Consistently excellent in terms of his advice and the quality and depth of his knowledge.”

“I would go to John above other QCs because of his manner and the fact that he’s able to explain complex issues to clients. He’s likeable, measured and considered.”.



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