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John Simister

John Simister
Role:Associate Solicitor, Head of Litigation
Speciality: Dispute resolution (civil litigation including commercial disputes)
Phone: 01926 356024
Email: john.simister@alsterskelley.com

John heads and manages the Litigation team. He deals with all aspects of litigation, from initial instructions to final court hearings, acts as an advocate and instructs barristers when appropriate.

Experience

John joined Alsters Kelley in 2008 as an Associate and Head of Department.

John’s experience in the legal profession commenced in 1985, initially working as a legal executive and qualifying as a solicitor in 1991. Prior to Alsters Kelley, John worked at a number of law firms in London and the Home Counties, as well as working in York, Nuneaton and Leicester.

John has always worked in the field of civil litigation.(He has also worked in the fields of personal injury, clinical negligence, employment disputes and family law but has specialised in civil litigation for many years.)

John has seen significant changes in the litigation field over the years. Most significant is the current emphasis on trying to resolve disputes without the need for court proceedings using various forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). This is less stressful for clients and cheaper, an important consideration for most people and businesses.

Consequently, John like his colleague Neenu, considers court proceedings should be a last resort. The preferred approach, as stipulated by the courts, is an early exchange of relevant information and documents with the opponent, with a view to an early settlement of claims, if possible. Further, commercial clients often have a business relationship with an opponent which they would like to preserve if possible, so prefer to minimise the duration of disputes.

John has a huge amount of experience, having covered almost all aspects of litigation, which is a very wide legal area, during a career of 30 years or more. John is highly competent in all areas with particular expertise in complex contractual disputes, disputes arising from the law of tort such as nuisance, property disputes, probate disputes and debt recovery.

Career

John successfully conducted a case through the County Court, Court of appeal and House of Lords (now the Supreme Court). This case required skill, perseverance and stamina as it passed through three courts. The House of Lords’ decision is now an important piece of case law in the field of malicious prosecution.

Hobbies

John is a keen guitar player and also enjoys swimming, cycling, kayaking, mountaineering and scuba diving.


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