"A vastly experienced personal injury silk and a tough negotiator."

Chambers & Partners 2018
John John QC

Barrister: John Foy QC



Bencher Gray's Inn; Mental Health Review Tribunal (2003); Recorder (2000); Assistant Recorder (1997)

LLB (Hons), Birmingham University


John Foy QC specialises in serious personal injury and clinical negligence cases, occupational disease litigation and costs. Most of his cases nowadays are brain damage, paraplegics, amputations etc. He has appeared in many reported cases on these topics and has conducted occupational disease litigation since the 1970s. Case is included Corr v IBC Vehicles (suicide as a result of industrial injury), Hawley v Luminar (vicarious liability) and he acted for the coal miners in their ground breaking group litigation for respiratory disease which led directly to the setting up of the miners compensation scheme.

He has expertise in costs, particularly in a personal injury / clinical negligence context and has been involved in many of the leading cases in this area, including being instructed by APIL on behalf of its members in Myatt v NCB. He is a former chair and current member of the Bar Council CFA Panel. He was involved in the drafting of the original APIL / PIBA CFA and many subsequent CFA's and CCFA's.

He teaches advocacy at Grays Inn, where he is a Bencher and sits as a Recorder trying criminal, family and civil cases. After taking silk in 1998 he defended in a number of murder and other serious criminal trials. He is a judge of the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

What the directories say

  • " A vastly experienced personal injury silk and tough negotiator". "Gives no-nonsense advice and produces great results". Chambers UK 2018
  • "He's fantastic, very confident yet down-to-earth. He's a joy to work with and fosters really collaborative relationships. His ability to cut through a lot of information and get to the salient point is extraordinary to watch, and he's exeptional with clients." Chambers UK 2017
  • “He has an extraordinary grasp of what does and does not matter, and gets right to the heart of an issue.” Legal 500 2017
  • "An attentive listener, who takes on board the views and thoughts of others." Legal 500 2016
  • "Extremely down-to-earth and approachable - he will always listen to and take on board the client's concerns. He is incredibly sharp and is fantastic in settlement negotiations." Chambers UK 2015

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