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.”

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

    Serle Court ranked Band 1 for Chancery: Traditional in Chambers HNW 2019

    We are extremely proud to announce that chambers’ expertise in the field of Traditional Chancery has been highlighted by... Read More

    News

    Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar 2019

    The latest edition of Who's Who Legal: UK Bar has now been published and we are delighted that a... Read More

  • Events

    Serle Court 4th International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2019 (New York)

    Location: Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York Read More

    Events

    C5 Fraud and Asset Tracing Leadership Forum

    Location: TBC 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

News & Events

  • News

    Serle Court ranked Band 1 for Chancery: Traditional in Chambers HNW 2019

    We are extremely proud to announce that chambers’ expertise in the field of Traditional Chancery has been highlighted by... Read More

    News

    Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar 2019

    The latest edition of Who's Who Legal: UK Bar has now been published and we are delighted that a... Read More

  • Events

    Serle Court 4th International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2019 (New York)

    Location: Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York Read More

    Events

    C5 Fraud and Asset Tracing Leadership Forum

    Location: TBC Read More