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John Bennett

Partner, London

John is an insurance specialist who acts both for insurers in coverage disputes and for professional indemnity insurers and their insureds, particularly barristers, accountants, solicitors, IFAs and patent agents.
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John also deals with defamation claims against professionals and broadcasters, large-scale commercial litigation and has broad experience in other IT/media matters.

Recent Cases

  • McFarland-Cruickshanks v England Kerr Hands Solicitors Ltd [2021] EWHC 525 (Comm).
  • Naqvi v Harris Cartier Ltd & Ors [2019] EWHC 3042 (QB)
  • Wright v Lewis Silkin LLP [2016] EWCA Civ 1308
  • Godiva v Travelers – a major solicitor's professional indemnity insurance aggregation dispute – one of The Lawyer's Top 20 Cases of 2014


Legal 500 2022
"John Bennett is outstanding.  He took the whole thing in his stride and became the broad shoulders, taking all the burden but without showing any of the stress – very impressive."

Chambers and Partners 2022
"He is a very impressive lawyer."

Legal 500 2020
‘John Bennett’s experience in the fields of lawyers’ professional negligence and the defence of disciplinary proceedings is unrivalled in the market. He has an immediate feel for the right tactics in a case and is very responsive as a service provider.’
Chambers and Partners 2020
"He is extremely responsive, very engaged and has excellent care skills."

John's strong reputation for working with professional indemnity insurers and their insureds, with a particular focus on legal professionals, is recognised in the Legal 500 2019 where he is described as "excellent". In the 2018 edition of Chambers and Partners, sources commented that he "brings a high level of competence and professionalism while remaining friendly and approachable". The 2017 edition said "He's very wise and reassuring, and he will think carefully before he commits to anything. He has a cool head, and is a super-nice man".

Chambers and Partners 2015 states that he is a 'real heavyweight' of the professional indemnity world. 'Experienced and efficient,' he regularly defends barristers in negligence claims and it is said that there are many 'who owe their continued good reputation to John helping them out of a sticky situation.' John was also praised for my commercial awareness. One client notes: 'He helped us to understand the various options and set out the best one for us.' He is recommended for high-value solicitors' negligence claims.   

Legal 500 UK 2014 recognised that John "Provides clear, concise advice" and Recommended are the ‘seasoned and careful professional’ John Bennett.

John also appeared in the 2010 edition of Chambers and Partners Legal Directory (Professional Negligence Section) where he was recognised for his "superb work": "he is pretty much the best thing since sliced bread" one client enthused. He has also been ranked as a leading individual in the professional negligence field in the 2012 edition of Chambers which described him as "totally unflappable" and someone who will "fight tooth and nail to get the best possible result."