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John Turner

Dispute Resolution
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I qualified in 2001 joining Child & Child in 2015 after seven years heading up the dispute resolution department of a leading central London firm. I consider myself a passionate and tactical litigator, someone who always strives to achieve the very best outcomes for my clients.

I have a varied practice across a wide spectrum of areas including:

  • Party Wall Disputes
  • Construction and Engineering Disputes
  • Property Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Professional Negligence
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates Disputes – I am a member of ACTAPS.

In recent years, one of my main areas of specialism has been disputes relating to property, including Party Wall disputes acting for both building owner and adjoining owner and have been involved in some key cases including the reported cases of Gray v Elite Town Management Limited [2016] EWCA Civ 1318 and Lea Valley Developments Ltd v Derbyshire [2017] EWHC B22. In addition, I undertake construction and engineering disputes and have conducted many adjudications and arbitrations for both employer and contractor

I also advise on the broad range of real estate disputes which residential homeowners may encounter, including boundary disputes, adverse possession and proprietary estoppel claims, restrictive covenant disputes (including the case of Churchill v Temple [2010] All ER (D) 170 (Dec) and easement disputes. I have significant experience of landlord and tenant disputes including enfranchisement claims, lease extensions, possession claims and service charge disputes.

My disputed Wills practice includes challenges to the validity of Wills on the basis of testamentary capacity, duress and undue influence, non-compliance with the Wills Act 1838 and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Some of the cases have included complicated issues including claims for donatio mortis causa, claims based upon constructive or resulting trusts, claims for proprietary estoppel and claims under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986.

On the commercial side, I am regularly instructed by companies and businesses in connection with commercial disputes both arising from commercial contracts with third parties and partnership or shareholder disputes within the business itself. I have experience of intellectual property disputes including trademark infringement and passing off claims. I also have experience of the range of interim remedies including freezing injunctions and search orders assisting in the case of Abela and others v Baadarani (Third Party: Fakih) [2017] EWHC 269 (Ch) in which the court granted what is believed to be the first ever search order against a third party.

In addition to my commercial and property work, I regularly deal with professional negligence actions against solicitors, barristers, accountants, surveyors and architects.

Notable Cases

Some of my reported cases involve novel issues, such as:

  • Brennan v Bolt Burden [2003] EWHC 2493 concerning mistakes of law
  • Priestley v Dunbar & Co [2015] EWHC 987 (Ch) concerning relief from sanctions
  • JH and PH v Fisher Meredith LLP [2012] EWHC 408 concerning wasted costs