John Wilson QC

Call
1981
Silk
2011

"He is an absolute gentleman – a calm and measured advocate, who is beloved by clients."

Chambers and Partners 2019

Practice

John had a wide-ranging general civil and matrimonial practice before joining Hare Court in 2002.   His practice encompassed commercial arbitration, personal injury (and in particular traumatic brain injury cases), landlord and tenant, construction law, contentious and non-contentious probate work and professional negligence.  Since joining Hare Court he has concentrated on financial remedy cases and cohabitation and family provision claims.

Financial Remedies, cohabitation claims, family provision claims.

  • Birch v Birch [2017] UKSC 53 ; [2017]1 WLR 2959; [2017] 2 FLR 1031
  • Montalto -v- Popat [2016] EWHC 810 (Ch)
  • W -v- M (TOLATA Proceedings: Anonymity) [2013] 1 FLR 1513
  • Miller Smith -v- Miller Smith (No 2) [2010] 2 FLR 351
  • Miller Smith -v- Miller Smith [2010] 1 FLR 1402
  • H-J v H-J (Financial Provision: Equality)
    (2002) 1 FLR 415: October 17, 2001
  • Kimber v Kimber
    (2000) 1 FLR 383: January 20, 2000
  • H v P (Illegitimate Child: Capital Provision)
    (1993) Fam Law 515: January 28, 1993
  • Turner v Blunden
    (1986) 2 FLR 69: November 29, 1985
  • Cohabitation Claims: Law, Practice and Procedure (First edition published in 2009, second edition published in 2015)
  • Contributing Author to Jackson’s Matrimonial Finance, 9th Edition (published in 2012)
  • Contributing Author to Cases that Changed our Lives, Volume 2 (published in 2014)
  • Contributing Author to Rayden & Jackson on Divorce and Family Matters (forthcoming)
  • Editor in Chief of Family Affairs, the magazine of the Family Law Bar Association
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • 2010 to 2014 member of the Family Procedure Rules Committee
  • Patron of National Family Mediation
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Arts
  • Member of the Society of Authors
  • Prosecuting Counsel for the Bar Standards Board
  • Editor in Chief of Family Affairs
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Member of the Chancery Bar Association
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • 1970 to 1973 Ampleforth College, York
  • 1973 to 1976 St John Rigby Sixth Form College, Wigan
  • 1977 to 1980 Pembroke College Cambridge
  • 1980 to 1981 Inns of Court School of Law
  • "He's extremely cerebral but also extremely modest and unassuming. He has enormous personal qualities and intellectual ability." Chambers UK 2018
  • “An understated, highly cerebral QC with a background in general civil litigation. He specialises in cohabitation issues and is able to apply his more general civil experience to the field in crossover areas such as professional negligence.” Chambers UK 2016
  • “highly recommended” Legal 500 2004-2005
  • John Wilson QC impresses with his “excellent and thorough understanding of complex business issues.” His practice focuses on ancillary relief and cohabitation issues, and he is regularly involved in cases with international dimensions. “Assiduous and hard-working, he is a reassuring presence for clients as he generally exudes an air of quiet confidence.”  Chambers UK 2012
  • “An expert focusing on high-value ancillary relief and TOLATA and family provision claims, amongst other issues.” “He’s methodical, well prepared, and has the ear of the court.” Chambers UK 2013
  • “John Wilson QC focusses on ancillary relief, TOLATA, cohabitation claims, probate and family provision.  Sources attest that he is “counsel of choice for property disputes between cohabitants.”  Chambers UK 2014
  • “An unrivalled authority on cohabitation claims.”  “He has a formidable intellect.  A robust and astute negotiator, he is particularly good with cases involving complex business issues and trust assets.”  Chambers UK 2015
  • “An understated, highly cerebral QC with a background in general civil litigation. He specialises in cohabitation issues and is able to apply his more general civil experience to the field in crossover areas such as professional negligence.”
  • Strengths: “He is exceptional from an intellectual perspective. He’s a serious lawyer with a depth of intellectual ability that you don’t always see in the matrimonial field.” Chambers UK 2016
  • "Experienced family lawyer who is particularly good at handling complex divorce proceedings with professional negligence or TOLATA elements.  Typically financial remedy cases for high net worth individuals." Strengths: "He's got a stellar brain and his knowledge is tremendous; He's a winner of clients, a real gentleman and is loved by judges." Chambers UK 2017

  • "Experienced family lawyer who brings overlapping expertise in broader civil issues to his practice. He is seen as one of the foremost practitioners for TOLATA issues. Wilson typically handles financial remedy cases for high net worth individuals. "
    Strengths: "He's got very broad shoulders and takes responsibility for the conduct of a case very seriously. He's extremely cerebral but also extremely modest and unassuming. He has enormous personal qualities and intellectual ability." Chambers UK 2018

  • Other: “The brilliant John Wilson QC” – Marilyn Stowe

John comes from Wigan and is accordingly a fervent supporter of Wigan Warriors (Rugby League) and Wigan Athletic. His other interests include literature, the theatre and France. He is married to Sue Tilley, a specialist matrimonial solicitor, mediator and lecturer. They spend as much time as they can, when not working, in the South of France. John is currently editing his first novel.