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Jamie Johnston joined Dere Barristers in Newcastle in 2017.  He works in all chamber’s areas of civil and commercial law, but specialises in business, property and traditional chancery work.  Before coming to the Bar, Jamie built and sold a national franchising company. 

Jamie works from the Dere Street Barristers offices in Newcastle and York, appearing in courts across the north east circuit.  He is instructed regularly in the County Court, High Court and in the specialist Business and Property Court.  Jamie brings commercial pragmatism, robust negotiation skills and business acumen to his legal practice, honed by a decade as a company director.

Property Litigation

Jamie is a property barrister who combines real-world knowledge gained prior to the Bar with his legal knowledge and a forensic attention to detail.  Before becoming a barrister, Jamie had a range of experience in landlord & tenant work and commercial leases and has used this experience in a variety of cases.  He receives regular instruction to advise and represent clients in boundary disputes, rights of way, easements and adverse possession claims.

Jamie maintains a small portfolio of residential property so has a first-hand appreciation of landlord’s concerns.  He is frequently instructed by landlords in residential and commercial cases for possession and forfeiture.  He has experience in a range of TOLATA claims.

Recently, Jamie has been working on:

  • A claim for an easement to lay power cables which touches on equitable estoppel, s16 Electricity Act 1989 and contractual breach;
  • A decade-long boundary dispute;
  • Defending a possession claim by way of estoppel and equitable interest;
  • Securing an injunction to preserve a right of way.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

As a commercial barrister Jamie’s business understanding resonates well with commercial clients who see in him a kindred spirit.  As a long time managing director he has first-hand experience of managing employees and franchisees, negotiating commercial contracts and resolving customer complaints.  This gives him a unique understanding of the competing commercial considerations of his business clients.

His reputation as a ‘business-person’s barrister’ sees him instructed and re-instructed in a wide range of commercial disputes including debt recovery, contractual breaches, agency contracts and faulty goods.  He has secured and defended applications for freezing injunctions in a variety of cases.

Recently, Jamie has:

  • Secured adverse costs in a consumer claim for debt and indemnity costs for a preliminary issue hearing for a loan claim;
  • Negotiated the dissolution of a partnership;
  • Acted for an agency to enforce an agency contract;
  • Obtained a mid-proceedings freezing injunction to preserve assets;
  • Successfully opposed applications for McKenzie Friends to act on behalf of claimants in two unrelated cases.

Professional Negligence

Jamie has advised in a range of professional negligence claims, including cases concerning:

  • The drafting of wills which are subject to challenge;
  • The failure to consider a defective title in a financial settlement in divorce;
  • A solicitor continuing to act when facing a conflict of interest;
  • A variety of cases with conveyancing anomalies.

Traditional Chancery

Jamie’s expertise extends both to the advising in non-contentious issues and to the conduct of litigation when such matters become contentious. This includes disputes between beneficiaries or with executors over capacity, under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and arising out of the execution of the trusts provided for under wills.

Recent work includes:

  • Applying for rectification of a will;
  • Securing an Insolvency Administration Orders for a bankrupt estate;
  • Advising on a claims involving s33 of the Wills Act 1837.

Jamie accepts instruction in all areas of will, trust and probate work.

Sports Law

Jamie has over 20 years’ experience as a coach, working with numerous international and junior international athletes.  He has competed in hockey and cross-country running at national level.  Jamie combines his passion for sport with his legal practice in a developing sports law practice.  He has chaired a disciplinary panel for British Cycling and acted as legal advisor to the organiser of the 2018 national road cycling championships.  He has been appointed as a disciplinary panel member for both British Cycling and British Canoeing.  Jamie welcomes instruction to represent athletes in disciplinary processes and in commercial disputes with a sporting flavour.

Personal Injury

Jamie is regularly instructed in a range of personal injury claims, particularly claims arising from road traffic accidents and accidents at work.

When not working as a barrister…

Jamie maintains his love of sport and continues to train and compete in running and duathlon events.  He is a trustee for a leading north-east charity working with asylum seekers.

Memberships and qualifications

BPTC (Outstanding)

GDL (Commendation)

BA English Literature (2.1)

Member of the North Eastern Circuit


Winner of The Times & Herbert Smith Freehills student advocacy competition 2013
Winner of the University of Law GDL/LLB moot 2013
Finalist University of Law plea in mitigation competition 2016
Paul Methven scholarship (Inner Temple)
BPTC Exhibition award (Inner Temple)