John grew up in the North West of England and obtained an LL.B. in 1989 and an LL.M. (commercial law) in 1990.

John Walmsley

After completing his articles and qualifying as a solicitor with a medium sized City firm in 1993, he joined the firm's commercial litigation department and developed extensive experience of litigation and dispute resolution procedures. As a senior assistant John developed an increasing focus on insurance and construction and was a member of the insurance and construction groups. He became particularly interested in the role played by insurance in a construction project and a number of John's construction and insurance cases have been reported and have involved substantial sums of money and complex legal issues.

He also developed a flourishing business immigration practice acting for corporate and financial institutions in London.

John joined the Birmingham office of a large national practice in 2005 before setting up his own practice in London in 2006. JKW Law continues to work on complex, challenging and substantial cases often against much larger City firms.

He is married with two daughters. In his spare time he enjoys watching both codes of rugby, supporting Saracens rugby club and going to the gym.

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Dispute Resolution

Recent Work

Advising a pharmaceutical company and a wholly owned subsidiary company in a very substantial, complex multi-party shareholders' dispute and damages claim.

Advising a Russian-owned bank on the enforceability of a liquidated damages clause in a loan agreement which, was the subject of an overseas arbitration subject to English law.

Advising an oil company in respect of a maritime dispute concerning the arrest and detention of an oil tanker and a possible remedy under English law.

Advising a director of an offshore company regarding a dispute with his co-director and shareholder and the effect of a possible deadlock, regarding the payment of a substantial dividend.

Advising a financial broker in respect of a dispute regarding a substantial commission, payable by an investment bank, based on an alleged oral contract.


John is an intelligent, mature, calm professional. John has a unique ability building relationships with people from various professional and cultural background. I had the pleasure to know John as a professional and a friend. His integrity and genuineness never ceased to impress me. I would never hesitate to recommend John.

Specialist Recruiter

John helped me with immigration issues and came across as a top-notch professional, whose main goal is to solve a client's problem in the most efficient way. He concentrated on my particular needs and concerns and it alleviated a lot of stress that is unavoidable when dealing with immigration issues. I am highly recommending John's services to anyone who is looking for a serious lawyer with many years of experience and numerous happy clients.

Conference Interpreter

John comes highly recommended, a trustworthy and reliable solicitor, and a very successful professional. I cannot speak more highly of John, consummate professional, with attention to detail.

International Legal Consultant