John Nee

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 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)

John helped out with a FHDRA for me last week at the 11th hour and I just wanted to feedback to say what an incredible job he did.

The order he secured for us was everything I’d asked for and more! Client was absolutely delighted/elated at the outcome and it left our case in the best possible position moving forward.

He was fantastic in court, presented our client’s case superbly and secured exactly the indications we needed in the face of very obstructive opposition. He was also very reassuring with the client and left client with a really clear understanding of what had happened and next steps.

Client and I were both extremely grateful. I had a prompt and comprehensive summary of the hearing and then a brilliantly detailed order arrived in my inbox.

An absolute pleasure to instruct, I’ve already raved about him to my colleagues, only wish he was a little closer – although we do have quite a few cases in the Kent area.

Solicitors Instructing John Nee in Private Children Law – June 2022

My client and I both think Mr Nee is wonderful.  He ensures I am fully informed as to the case and is approachable when I need advice prior to hearings etc.  Given that my local Court is in the North West this has been extremely helpful as I do not know your local customs.  I would not hesitate in recommending Mr Nee and I know my client feels the same.

Solicitors instructing John Nee on Private Children’s Law – February 2022

Thank you so so much !!! You’re a beast at your profession and its been so comforting to have you in my corner today. You’re like the cage fighter of law lol.

Once again, thank you ever so much John

Mr W from Solicitors Instructing John Nee – July 2021

Divorce & Matrimonial Finance

John frequently acts in Matrimonial finance cases (including disputes over family businesses and freezing of assets); as well as acting for Cohabitants under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA) Act 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, the High Court, and beyond.

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

“My client was very pleased with John at the last hearing and his note of the hearing was certainly very clear and helpful”

Miss J from solicitors instructing John Nee – April 19

‘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

Probate & Inheritance

John has a particular interest in claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975, which straddle two of his main areas of work: contested probate, and family finance. 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
  • The validity of lifetime gifts
  • Trusts and the beneficial ownership of property
  • Non-contentious probate practice

John is comfortable advising on the law in this area – which can be complicated – as well as representing parties in court. Where appropriate, he will consider acting for more than one lay client in the same case by prior agreement.


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

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John Nee's Testimonials for Probate & Inheritance

We (and our clients) thought Mr Nee was brilliant and would recommend his services to other clients.

Solicitors instructing John Nee – October 2021

“John has a detailed knowledge and practical approach to claims brought under the Inheritance Act and advised in a matter from pre-proceedings onwards.

In conference with the client John has a compassionate manner providing much needed reassurance and confidence in action being taken

Highly recommended”


Mr D from Solicitors Instructing John Nee – November 17

“…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