John Hendy QC

Call: 1972
Silk: 1987
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Employment Silk Of The Year 2013: The Legal 500 UK Awards 2013

John's practice is predominantly in the field of industrial relations and employment, together with personal injury test case litigation. He has appeared at a number of significant Public Inquiries and Inquests, usually for the bereaved and injured. His impressive list of reported cases can be found in his full CV and under his name in the specialist practice areas.
He is recognised by the latest edition of Legal 500 as a leading silk in the areas of Employment, Health & Safety and Civil Liberties and Human Rights. Chambers & Partners recognise him as a leading silk in the fields of Employment, Professional Discipline, Health & Safety and Personal Injury.
The "absolutely excellent" John Hendy QC of Old Square Chambers, who is a "terrific fighter" and an "authoritative silk" respected by opposing counsel, instructing solicitors and members of the judiciary. He frequently acts on behalf of medical professionals seeking injunctions to restrain suspensions and dismissals, and often handles cases with significant ECHR elements.
Chambers and Partners, 2013
John Hendy QC is best known for his expertise in industrial relations and has led on numerous high-profile cases in this area. Sources say he "clearly has empathy with the trade union movement and has the gravitas to pull off difficult arguments." His efforts recently have included the British Airways litigation.
Chambers and Partners, 2012
A delight to deal with, he "has a really nice touch with clients" and "advocacy skills that simply knock opponents out." In what has been a big year for him he was instructed by UNITE in relation to the extensive litigation arising from the British Airways cabin crew dispute and by the Communication Workers Union in relation to its dispute with Royal Mail. In 2010, as well as many appearances in the High Court, he drafted two applications to the European Court of Human Rights and appeared in six cases in the Court of Appeal concluding with a 3 day case in the Supreme Court, Baker v. Quantum, at the end of the year.
John Hendy QC has an excellent knowledge of both employment and personal injury, something which gives him a rounded approach to his work. " Capable at looking at cases from angles others might not, he is a very through advocate who certainly captures the attention of the court."
Chambers and Partners, 2011
John Hendy QC 'stands out for his intellectual ability, willingness to fight, and client care'.
Legal 500, 2010


Baker v. Quantum Clothing Group Limited & Others
ASLEF/RMT v. London Midland and Serco Docklands
Malone & Others v. British Airways PLC
British Airways Plc v. Unite The Union
Milford Haven Port Authority v. UNITE
Mezey v. South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers v. EDF Energy Powerlink Ltd
Metrobus Limited v. Unite The Union
Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers & Firemen (ASLEF) v. UK
Wilson and Palmer v. United Kingdom
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John Hendy QC ranked in Chambers 100: UK Bar
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