John Male QC was called to the Bar in 1976 and took silk in 2000. He was appointed as a Recorder (Civil) in 2003 and as a Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery Division) in 2013.
John is experienced in all aspects of property litigation, especially rent reviews, disputes about the valuation of land and the operation of development agreements. He also has experience of planning and compulsory purchase disputes. He has been involved in many contested rent review, property valuation and development agreement arbitrations and disputes.
John receives consistent recommendations from the main legal directories as a leader in his field:
"The property silk of choice for anything where experience and gravitas are required, he has these in spades." (Legal 500, 2015)
“He is very wise and you know you get very balanced and well-informed advice from him for these issues. He is very commercial, steps back and looks at the bigger picture." "He is extremely easy to deal with and very approachable." (Chambers & Partners, 2016)
In recent years much of John’s practice has been devoted to acting as the dispute resolver in a wide range of property disputes. His experience as the dispute resolver has involved him acting as judge, arbitrator, independent expert, mediator and inspector. He accepts instructions to act as the dispute resolver in international work with a property or valuation aspect to it. His experience in this field includes rent reviews in Hong Kong (where he has acted as arbitrator in a major contested review) and disputes in the Channel Islands (where he has acted as arbitrator to resolve disputes about dilapidations and also about development agreements).