John Platts-Mills

Year of Call: 2016

John Platts-Mills

Year of Call: 2016

John Platts-Mills

Year of Call: 2016

John Platts-Mills

John Platts-Mills

Year of Call: 2016

John accepts instructions across all of Chambers’ core practice areas, including: Insurance & Reinsurance, Personal Injury, Employment, Tax, and Commercial Litigation.

He is a natural and persuasive advocate, with a busy Court and Tribunal based practice. John prides himself on being easy to work with, when feeding back, clients have commented that he is a “good listener” and has a “first-class work ethic”, meaning that he is able to develop a strong command of the issues and deliver excellent results.

Before joining the Bar, John worked in the Shell Global Litigation team, where he had conduct of a range of international trade, distribution and investment disputes. He also has experience of complex international group claims and jurisdictional disputes, having worked on Okpabi v RDS [2018] EWCA Civ 191 in the Court of Appeal. The case concerned common law and statutory claims in relation to extensive environmental damage in Rivers State, Nigeria. Prior to that he worked as a corporate finance analyst in Deutsche Bank’s mergers and acquisitions team.

  • Employment

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    John practises all areas of Employment and Discrimination Law. He has substantial experience of: “whistleblowing”, unfair dismissal, discrimination, employee status and limitation disputes, including providing research support for Akash Nawbatt QC in Pimlico Plumbers v Smith [2018] UKSC 29.

    John has a particular interest in industrial relations disputes having provided research support to Andrew Burns QC in a number of EAT Appeals concerning: restrictions on contractual changes in relation to collective bargaining (the s.145B issue) (Kostal v Dunkley [2018] ICR 768) and compensatory rest breaks for transport workers (Crawford v Network Rail [2018] IRLR 714).

  • Personal Injury

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    John acts in an advisory and advocacy capacity for both Claimants and Defendants. He has already developed a busy Fast Track and Multi-Track practice. He has particular expertise, and interest, in cases raising the issue of fundamental dishonesty, complex issues of motor insurance and involving vulnerable road users, including: motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians.

    Recent court highlights include:

    • Securing 65/35 split for a motorcyclist who was found to have been filtering at an excessive speed before colliding with a motorist that was emerging from a side-road.
    • Successfully resisting a finding of fundamental dishonesty in a low velocity impact case where there were significant concerns about the quality of the claimant’s evidence in support of his claim for PSLA.
    • Successfully claiming against an insurer, in circumstances where the insured was a taxi driver, whose passenger had opened the door and knocked a passing cyclist off of his bike.


    In addition to his own caseload, he has been involved in a number of complex catastrophic injury and clinical negligence disputes. He is particularly adept at creating and managing complex schedules given his background as a financial analyst.

     

    At an appellate level, John has provided research support for Rob Weir QC in Dryden & Ors v Johnson Matthey [2018] UKSC 18. He also shadowed Rob Weir QC, again appearing in the Supreme Court, in X v Kuoni and has a particular interest in complex international travel claims.

  • Tax

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    John is currently instructed as junior in a number of anti-avoidance cases, encompassing the notice provisions (FNs, APNs and PPNs) contained in the Finance Act 2014. He has also been instructed on behalf of the taxpayer in an IR35 matter.

    John has also been instructed on a number of matters concerning domicile and residency from an advisory perspective, he has a particular interest in developing his practice in this area.

    As a pupil John gained substantial experience in tax litigation as well as a range of advisory matters from a taxpayer perspective, including: inheritance tax and liability for failure to comply with follower notices (Benton v HMRC). He also appeared in the Masters' Corridor of the Royal Courts of Justice in applying to rectify a deed of variation.

    John welcomes instructions from both taxpayers and the revenue.

  • Insurance & Reinsurance

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    John is regularly instructed on a range of Insurance and Reinsurance disputes.

    Recent highlights include:

    • Instructed, albeit at a late stage, on R & S Pilling t/a Phoenix Engineering Limited v UK Insurance Limited [2019] UKSC 16 alongside Colin Edelman QC and Richard Harrison.
    • Successfully claiming against an insurer, in circumstances where the insured taxi driver, who had not been negligent but whose passenger had negligently opened the door of the taxi and knocked a passing cyclist off of his bike.
    • Junior to Richard Harrison in an arbitration under the 1996 Act, concerning an insured’s attempt to recover on a policy of legal expenses coverage.

     

    During pupillage John gained substantial experience of a number of issues including: qualification of arbitrators for reinsurance disputes (Allianz Insurance Plc v Tonicstar Ltd [2018] 1 Lloyd's Rep 389) and construction of clauses in an insurance policy purporting to exclude liability in relation to pollution.

     

    He also provided research support to Richard Harrison in Catlin Syndicate Ltd v Weyerhaeuser Co [2018] EWHC 3609 (Comm) a case concerning anti-suit injunctions, incorporation of an arbitration clause and construction of an excess layer insurance policy. Under Weyerhaeuser’s Lead Underlying Policy: disputes were to be resolved in London by arbitration; the interpretation and construction of the policy were subject to the laws of the State of Washington; and, solely for the purpose of effectuating arbitration, in the event of the failure by the insurer to pay any amount claimed to be due, the insurer was at the request of the assured to submit to the jurisdiction of any court of competent jurisdiction within the United States.

  • Commercial Litigation

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    Building on his experience as a member of the Shell Global Litigation team, John has experience of litigation in both the courts and arbitration. He regularly accepts instructions in respect of a wide range of contractual disputes.

    Recent highlights include:

    • Successfully establishing the validity of a settlement agreement in a two-day trial of a preliminary issue.
    • Advising a client alongside Andrew Burns QC as to the prospect of pursuing the executor of a deceased defendant.
    • Instructed, albeit at a late stage, on R & S Pilling t/a Phoenix Engineering Limited v UK Insurance Limited [2019] UKSC 16 alongside Colin Edelman QC and Richard Harrison.
  • Clinical Negligence

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    John accepts instruction across the full range of medical disciplines.

Academic

BPP University London, Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding)

City University London, Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)

University of Oxford, St Cross College, MSc Latin American Studies

University of Oxford, University College, BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Awards & scholarships

Lincoln’s Inn, Buchanan Prize

Lincoln’s Inn, Lord Denning Scholarship

Lincoln’s Inn, Hardwicke Entrance Award

Memberships & Associations

COMBAR; ELA; PIBA