John Ditchburn

John has an international commercial practice encompassing commercial litigation, insurance, banking and finance, insolvency, property and aviation and travel. He provides clear and focused advice on a range of legal, practical and procedural issues in contentious and non-contentious matters. His experience of litigation is vast, combining regular advocacy with drafting and advisory work. He also deals with international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, including mediation.

Further information


  • Honourable Society of the Middle Temple: admitted 2005, called 2007
  • Inns of Court School of Law: Bar Vocational Course: 2007
  • Brasenose College, University of Oxford: BA Law: 2006


  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association

John handles property disputes involving commercial and residential property. He advises on restrictive covenants, easements, mortgages and charges, trusts of land, estoppel, and land registration. This work often raises discrete issues in other areas of law such as conveyancing, construction, and probate. He deals on behalf of both landlords and tenants with tenancy issues including disrepair, rights to possession, tenancy fraud, public law and human rights issues, anti-social behaviour, service charge disputes, and failure to comply with landlords’ statutory obligations. He also works on contentious and non-contentious aspects of leasehold enfranchisement.

Related Cases

Solad Sakander Mohammed and another v Boston Mohammed and others [2018] EWHC 805 (Ch): John successfully opposed an interim application to restrain 13 individuals from entering the Abbey Mills mosque.

K v M: Part 8 claim in which John obtained judgment in November 2017 following a two-day trial of allegations of fraud in relation to trusts of land and subsequently obtained an order for sale.

G v L: A claim for land introduction and sales and marketing fees, in which John obtained judgment following a three-day trial and subsequently opposed the defendant’s costs appeal to the Court of Appeal.

G v O: A claim for specific performance of a contract for the sale of a property in which the date for completion was one year after the exchange of contracts, raising various points of property and conveyancing law.

F v O: A tenancy fraud trial involving alleged sub-letting and a substantial issue as to the tenant’s relationship with the alleged sub-tenant.

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