John Nee

John has a broad family practice (excluding care cases/ public law matters) which includes representing parents and grandparents in private law children proceedings.

John frequently acts in Matrimonial finance cases; as well as acting in Cohabitants under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA) disputes.

He also deals with civil cases specialising particularly in commercial and probate matters. Read more →

John studied in Kent, Leeds, and London, and gained a variety of experience before joining Chambers in 2013. He is also a qualified solicitor and solicitor advocate, which helps to deepen his understanding of his clients’ requirements and challenges. John has a highly practical approach, and solicitors and clients value his ability to think ahead and provide advice designed to minimise future disruption.

He has a reputation for being very robust barrister, and is often considered a suitable choice for the difficult client, the problematic opponent, or the unsympathetic judge. At the same time, his personable and friendly approach means he strikes up a rapid and effective rapport with all those he deals with.

As well as representation at court, he is happy to provide written advice, and can often turn papers around in short timescales where the urgency of the case requires.

John has spent time working with the International Bar Association on matters including the legal status of the Tamils, and the abolition of the death penalty in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A very experienced public speaker, John is often booked for seminars, lectures, and charity events as a guest speaker, both to the legal profession and the non-legal world.

Before coming to the Bar, he was a professional rugby player, having represented England and Ireland in various rugby age groups, as well as playing for British Universities.

Children - Private Law (CAP)

John has a broad family practice (excluding care cases/ public law matters) which includes representing parents and grandparents in private law children proceedings from first appointment through to final hearings.

He has a reputation for giving clear and helpful advice, and his clients gain increased confidence from his robust and firm representation. He has a much valued ability to convey advice to difficult clients with tact and diplomacy.

John’s cases have included Cohabitants in Schedule 1 children matters, permission to apply, and leave to remove, and he has acted on behalf of intervenors as well as applying for, and resisting, interim applications.

John gives regular seminars both in-house and at chambers, which most recently have included legal services orders, and a guide to the Family Procedure Rules 2010.

 

 

John Nee's Children - Private Law (CAP) Cases

Acting for a vulnerable mother

John acted for a Respondent mother where the father had made an application for the child to live with him. His client needed particular support as she was young and vulnerable, having previously suffered domestic abuse by the father. John negotiated that the child will live with the mother, and arranged an incremental increase in Continue reading

Helping a Father maintain unsupervised contact

John represented a Father who was being denied any contact by his child’s mother, and successfully negotiated extensive and unsupervised contact on behalf of his client. This case involved John’s particular skills in: managing client expectations negotiating between warring parties.

Preventing a father from direct contact

On behalf of the respondent mother in a private law children case, John persuaded the court that there should be no direct contact between father and child, despite CAFCASS recommendations being in favour of such contact. This case required John to: cross examine expert witnesses at length apply existing case law to the case at Continue reading

John Nee's Testimonials for Children - Private Law (CAP)

“…I instructed John in a complex Children Act case. The client was very nervous, and John was able to put his mind at ease, and addressed all the client’s concerns. The client reported specifically that … ‘Although John has a no nonsense approach, he is human, and explained everything fully and was always happy to address my questions, no matter how many times I asked. He was superb in Court, and achieved a fantastic result for me and my family. I can’t thank him enough’

John is a very safe pair of hands, and I will continue to instruct him due to his robust and persuasive advocacy skills, and the way he manages my clients- he consistently goes the extra mile, for which I thank him profusely!…”

Mrs R from a firm of Solicitors instructing John Nee – April 17

“…I just wanted to write and let you know my opinion on John Nee. Firstly I would like to thank him for the positive outcome in my case.

I have been extremely pleased with the representation by John at my family matters hearings. He put me at ease very quickly and made me feel that he was in control of the situation.   His robust manner in court was reassuring and made this very stressful time easier to go through. I would have no hesitation in using him again if the need arose and would highly recommend him to anyone who needs his services….”

Ms M instructing John Nee through Solicitors – July 16

I would just like to say thank you I appreciate all your hard work today and the result you achieved I couldn’t have seen a better outcome I am going to email the solicitors to tell them how happy I am with the outcome and will recommend to anyone.

Thanks again for you time and work.

Mr S instructing John Nee through Instructing Solicitors – January 16

Divorce & Matrimonial Finance

John frequently acts in Matrimonial finance cases (including disputes over family businesses and freezing of assets); as well as acting in Cohabitants under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA) disputes. He is a matrimonial finance specialist, and acts in the full range of cases, from small money to high net worth. John appears before District and Circuit Judges, as well as the Principal Registry and the High Court.

A highly active member of the Becket Chambers Matrimonial Finance Team, John delivers lectures and seminars both in house and at Becket Chambers.

 

John Nee's Divorce & Matrimonial Finance Cases

Legal Services Order

The husband, a financial expert, was suspected of hiding away significant financial assets. The wife was unable to afford legal representation to trial, and was considering giving up. The husband was refusing to negotiate at all, and was waiting for the wife to run out of money. John successfully persuaded the court to make a Continue reading

Securing substantial matrimonial assets for a wife

In financial remedy proceedings acting for the applicant wife, John secured the equivalent of 75% of the overall matrimonial assets available for distribution. The husband sought to argue exceptional contributions. John conducted a lengthy, detailed examination of the witnesses in court to persuade the judge that there were hidden, undisclosed assets. This case required the Continue reading

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John Nee's Testimonials for Divorce & Matrimonial Finance

‘John has been a huge help to me, I feel entirely supported and he gives me the strength to fight on. John is totally brilliant- the most charming man I’ve met, and when there’s a fight coming it’s like a switch flicks in his head, he certainly puts me at ease and could not imagine dealing with my case without him fighting my corner. You can so see he was a boxer before he was a lawyer!’

Mr B Instructing John Nee through Solicitors – November 17

“…I have been very impressed with the professionalism shown by John Nee whilst he represented me.  Not only knowledgeable, John has an approachable, interested and caring manner with clients during what can be a traumatic time in their lives.  Throughout the process I felt in safe, caring hands.  Should the need arise I would have no hesitation in seeking his advice.  Highly recommended…”

Mr instructing John Nee through Solicitors – March 17

“John was just brilliant, calm, knowledgeable, and clearly adopted a ‘no-nonsense’ approach with the opponent which resulted in an outcome I was happy with.  I felt John had a genuine sense of wanting to achieve the best outcome for me which inspired me with confidence that somebody was looking after my interests.”

Mr H instructing John Nee through the DPA scheme – April 16

Probate & Inheritance

John has a particular interest in claims to set aside wills for undue influence, want of knowledge and approval, and lack of testamentary capacity. He is happy to receive instructions in a wide range of cases in this area of law, including:

  • Disputes over the validity of Wills
  • Testamentary Capacity and undue influence
  • Deeds of variation and rectification
  • The liability of Estates, Executors and Personal Representatives
  • The construction of Wills
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975
  • The validity of lifetime gifts
  • Trusts and the beneficial ownership of property
  • Non-contentious probate practice

John Nee's Probate & Inheritance Cases

Defending a claim for breach of contract and negligence

John acted for a Defendant business in a claim for breach of contract and negligence following the death of the proprietor, in which the Claimant sought to claim against the business, which was the estate of the deceased. The Claimant, the spouse of the deceased, sought to argue that amounts of money had been left Continue reading

Making a claim on an estate

John was asked to advise the proposed Claimant in a potential claim against the proposed Defendants regarding the estate of the deceased. The deceased held a property portfolio with a value of £2m and the proposed Defendant ex-spouse of the deceased sought to administer the entire estate, having historically dealt with much of the administration Continue reading

Advising a family on intestacy rules

John acted in an advisory capacity to a large family seeking to claim against the estate of the deceased. Although a Will had been drafted, it had not been properly executed, and was therefore not valid. The beneficiaries sought to rely on the intestacy rules to claim the entirety of the deceased’s estate. This case, Continue reading

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Beddoe Applications

A Beddoe application is a type of application to the court, made by trustees, for directions. The trustees ask for permission from the court to litigate (or continue to litigate) against someone not a party to the proceedings. There is a main application, which is the substantive case itself, and the Beddoe application. Common Beddoe Continue reading

PROBATE: Solicitor? Barrister? Both?

SOME areas of law allow the lawyer in question to deal with something nice. For example setting up a new business, buying a house, or receiving an inheritance from an unknown relative who left a handsome sum to a client. That last example would fall under probate law. Lots of probate however is less pleasant. Continue reading

John Nee's Testimonials for Probate & Inheritance

“…I would like to sincerely thank you and Mr Nee… We really appreciated Mr Nee’s advice and guidance in helping reach a possible settlement…”

Ms C instructing John Nee through Solicitors – November 16

Property & Land Law

John acts for landlords and tenants, and he is regularly instructed by developers, builders, and other parties with an interest in property.

His busy and varied property practice includes:

  • Claims to the possession of land;
  • Beneficial interest disputes;
  • Disrepair and dilapidation claims;
  • Nuisance;
  • Trespass;
  • Forfeiture and possession;
  • Trusts of land and disputes as to co-ownership.

John has a particular interest in the interaction of property with other areas of law, especially within a family law context. This includes:

  • claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996;
  • disputes regarding business-owned assets.

John Nee's Property & Land Law Cases

Injunctions against nuisance neighbours

On behalf of the claimant, John acted in a case where nuisance neighbours were harassing and causing distress to his client. The case involved assisting the instructing solicitor with site visits, preparing plans and photographs for the court, and advising on witness evidence. John was successful in obtaining various injunctions against the nuisance neighbours.

John Nee's Testimonials for Property & Land Law

“….Just to let you know i am delighted that i have found John….we had a fantastic result yesterday, all down to him….please thank him very much….”

Mrs H from a firm of solicitors instructing John Nee – April 15

“….Good understanding of my requirements….the clerks were friendly and laid back….cost effective….i would always come direct….”

Mrs C instructing John Nee through the DPA scheme – September 14

Commercial

John is the head of the Becket Chambers Commercial Group, and accepts instructions in a wide range of matters from single issue, small claims cases, through to multi-day multi-track trials.

John’s particular interest is in the law of contract. He also accepts instructions in negligence cases, as well as debt recovery, company formation, shares and share dealings, as well as offering general commercial advice.

As part of the Becket Chambers Civil Group, John recently delivered a well-received seminar on Part 36 offers, and will be giving his next commercial talk in November 2016.

Direct Access qualified, John can give commercial advice directly to individuals/ sole traders, partnerships, companies, and charitable organisations.

With a sound and detailed commercial knowledge, John is regularly complimented for his ability to “cut to the chase”, and give plain, robust advice. When required, he is a skilful negotiator, and can attend round table/ settlement meetings to resolve disputes on the best possible terms.

 

 

John Nee's Commercial Cases

Defending against a £20million claim

John acted for a Defendant in a case in which the Claimant was attempting to make a claim whose value, taking into account costs, investigative work, and legal fees, spiralled, at its highest, to £20 million. This figure would, if awarded, bankrupt John’s client.   The Defendant had been in practice as a high level Continue reading

Defending a claim for breach of contract and negligence

John acted for a Defendant business in a claim for breach of contract and negligence following the death of the proprietor, in which the Claimant sought to claim against the business, which was the estate of the deceased. The Claimant, the spouse of the deceased, sought to argue that amounts of money had been left Continue reading

Representing a commercial leaseholder

John acted on behalf of a commercial leaseholder, acting in negotiations and representing his client in a number of directions hearings involving several leased properties that were allegedly falling into disrepair. This case was crucial for John’s client as losing one case was likely to lead to floodgate litigation, which would bankrupt the client. John Continue reading

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Angry Letters: What’s The Fuss?

In all litigation, any correspondence can be read in (at least) two ways. One of them is often “angry or aggressive”. As a barrister of some little experience, I have, by my own estimate, read several hundred thousand letters between parties and/ or solicitors. These range from amicable and collaborative at one end, through to Continue reading

Part 36: The New Regime

Following the recent series of seminars in civil law, I have reduced my presentation to this short article. A number of the Part 36 offers I see are not valid. Regardless of the seniority of lawyer, or the experience of the individual drafting the offer, there are a number of potential pitfalls. The new Part Continue reading

John Nee's Testimonials for Commercial

“…We just wanted to thank you for representing us. To reduce a £20 million claim down to £25,000 is quite an achievement. You were an incredible negotiator, and seemed to terrify your opponent! It feels like the weight of the world has been lifted, and we can finally move on. Thanks for everything…”

Mrs H instructing John Nee through Solicitors – July 16