John Nee

Barrister & Head of Chambers

‘John is exceptionally organised and focused. He is extremely committed to his client’s cause and fights his corner with tenacity.’ Legal 500 2023

A former professional rugby player and competitive fighter, John is best summed up with one word: “robust”. He is fearless in court, and will fight a client’s case to the best of his ability.

Called in 2008, John has 15 years’ experience in law. He has worked in legal research, court reporting, lecturing students, seminars, and every conceivable position a barrister can hold in chambers. John is a pupil supervisor, and mentors junior barristers and solicitors through the early years of their careers.

John believes there is always a place for firm advice, given at the outset, and his clients appreciate his frankness. However, frank does not mean insensitive. Barristers see people at what is often their lowest ebb. A caring approach is guaranteed when instructing John, as is an explanation of what outcomes are or are not possible in court.

Pragmatism is important in law. Sometimes a decision is made based on money. Sometimes the moral dimension steers a person’s judgement, and a client needs assistance to understand the consequences of their potential decision. John is always happy to spend whatever time a client needs to ensure that his advice is not only practical, but clear, helpful, and cost-effective.

One of the reasons for establishing Anvil Chambers was to increase the amount of time John spends looking after his professional clients. John is always happy to have a quick conversation about points of law, or case tactics. However, with a busy diary, he asks that this is either by email, or goes through the clerks room!

L500 2024
‘John is fantastic at getting to grips with complicated and extensive papers. He is a very safe pair of hands in court. He is a superb advocate and very skilled in his written work. He is very persuasive and able to manage difficult situations.’

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