John Hardcastle

I am a self-employed lawyer, specifically a barrister, with a mixed civil practice.

I was called to the Bar in 2011 having previously spent 16 years as a firefighter, initially with Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service and then with South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue. I left the fire service after starting a part-time law degree and then went on to qualify for the Bar.

After qualifying as a barrister and before starting in practice, I taught law at undergraduate and postgraduate level at Sheffield Hallam University (teaching Equity and Trusts, Land Law and Intellectual Property Law) before moving to London to take up a fixed-term position as a Judicial Assistant in the Court of Appeal to Lord Dyson, the then Master of the Rolls, in 2012/13.

I advise and represent both claimants and defendants in civil matters and disputes.

I am a full member of Clerksroom chambers – more of a virtual (online) chambers as opposed to a traditional chambers located in a physical location where all (or most) of the barristers have a room in the building. Barristers at Clerksroom are located all around the country and generally operate from home.

I am personally located in Worksop, North Nottinghamshire (between Sheffield, Lincoln, Nottingham and Chesterfield). I am not restricted to my local area and I am able to travel further afield.

In addition to accepting instructions in the traditional way (from solicitors through Clerksroom) I am also authorised to accept instructions on a direct access basis.

More information on how to instruct me for advice or representation can be found in the ‘Direct Access Instruction‘ section of this website.