John Machell QC


Year of Call: 1993 Year of Silk: 2012

“A strong commercial chancery silk with an excellent reputation for his partnership work. He carries out both advisory work and litigation, and is regarded as a hard-working and technically astute practitioner.” “Works tremendously hard and has a good brain.” “A very experienced advocate at all levels, he has a very wide and deep legal understanding.”

Chambers & Partners

Practice Overview

John has a broad commercial chancery practice, and particular experience of large-scale litigation involving trusts, fiduciary duties, and fraud and trusts, particularly with an international dimension.

John is regarded as one of the leading partnership and LLP silks and has experience of a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious matters across the whole range of business sectors. An increasing part of his work involves issues arising from the use of partnerships and LLPs in hedge fund and private equity structures; in international commercial group structures; and as part of wealth planning strategies.

A substantial part of John’s practice relates to trusts, mostly offshore, and he has appeared in the Grand Court in Cayman on a number of occasions in the last few years.

John acts as an arbitrator and as an expert pursuant to expert determination agreements. John is on the Football Premier League Panel and sat as the chair of an inquiry into Hull City's ticketing policy. John has conducted internal inquiries on professional conduct and other matters for firms of solicitors.

News & Events

  • News

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2018

    “…thank you Serle Court for another interesting conference - informative and enjoyable - a great combination!” On... Read More

    News

    Chambers and Partners UK Bar Rankings Guide for 2019

    Acknowledged as “one of the very best commercial chancery sets, and one of the few that genuinely competes... Read More

  • Events

    Partnership Law Update: Restrictive Covenants and Damages - Thursday, 11 October 2018

    Location: Serle Court, 6 New Square, London, WC2A 3QS Read More

    Events

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference – New York

    Location: The InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, New York Read More

  • “Receives extensive and enthusiastic praise from across the market as the go-to silk for the most complex or intractable pure partnership or LLP matters, his mastery of the latter being cited particularly frequently. Interviewees also emphasise his academic authority on, and genuine passion for, partnership issues.” “He’s Mr LLP: any difficult LLP point and you pick up the phone to John.”

    Chambers & Partners 2018: Partnership
  • As good on his feet as he is in his writing, he has the rare ability to make highly complex concepts and arguments appear simple.” “What he says is always balanced, extremely well reasoned and presented.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2019
  • “A hard-working team player, as good on his feet as he is in writing, who has the rare ability to make highly complex concepts and arguments appear simple.” “Creative and decisive.”

    Chambers & Partners 2018: Commercial dispute resolution

Education & Qualifications

LLB (First Class) University of Southampton

Appointments

Memberships

Association of Partnership Practitioners

Commercial Bar Association

Chancery Bar Association

BSB Registration

VAT Number

649223135

Awards

Chambers UK

Ranked - Leading Barrister

Who's Who lLgal

Recognised

The Legal 500

Shortlisted

News & Events

  • News

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2018

    “…thank you Serle Court for another interesting conference - informative and enjoyable - a great combination!” On... Read More

    News

    Chambers and Partners UK Bar Rankings Guide for 2019

    Acknowledged as “one of the very best commercial chancery sets, and one of the few that genuinely competes... Read More

  • Events

    Partnership Law Update: Restrictive Covenants and Damages - Thursday, 11 October 2018

    Location: Serle Court, 6 New Square, London, WC2A 3QS Read More

    Events

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference – New York

    Location: The InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, New York Read More