John Boumphrey

Year of call 1992


Practice Summary
John has a well-developed business practice encompassing contract, tort, copyright, trademarks, passing off, employment and defamation. He also advises across the full range of General Common Law.

His experience includes:

  • Soft IP cases including copyright and trade mark infringement in music and the packaging of consumer goods.
  • Representing doctors, teachers, police officers, nurses, pharmacists, footballers and fencers in front of disciplinary panels.
  • Advising public relations firms on various aspects of their work including defamation.

John has advised on various aspects of European law and has applied for, and defended, a broad range of injunctions including 'search' and 'freezing' orders.

His work includes significant experience in advising where Criminal and Civil actions are running concurrently.

John frequently acts in circumstances where advice is needed in order to assist in avoiding media attention and has successfully applied for injunctions preventing the advertising and publication of a film and subsequent attempts to sell it on Amazon or show it at  various private clubs.

He has advised on taking steps which have resulted in the removal of inaccurate information from the internet by Google and Amazon.

John sits as an independent person for a local authority and has also chaired a local authority remuneration committee as an ad hoc member. He has a good understanding of the interior workings of councils and the higher echelons of the civil service and has advised on complex matters involving the disciplinary processes of Parliament and their interaction with courts.

John has advised judicial authorities in Montenegro on money laundering as part of their application to join the EU and was invited by the Patent Office (as was) to advise the Indian Government on IP issues.

Areas of Expertise

  • Intellectual Property
  • ADR Mediation
  • Aspects of Banking and finance
  • Boundary disputes
  • Civil fraud
  • Aspects of commercial litigation
  • Data protection
  • Aspects of Financial services
  • Aspects of Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Partnerships
  • Planning (enforcement only)
  • Product liability
  • Professional negligence
  • Shareholder /director disputes (non PLC)
  • Aspects of trusts
  • Contract
  • Tort
  • Regulatory
  • Administrative - Including Judicial review
  • Sport
  • Defamation
  • Local Government (Especially standards)
  • Parliamentary Government - Standards and Elections
  • Aspects of charity Construction
  • Employment Law

Reported Cases

Yvonne James v Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (2011) 

R v Johnstone (Robert Alexander) 2003 UKHL 28 (2003) 1 WLR 1736

Notable Cases

  • Amerik Singh v Virenda Pal Singh Sikka, HM Attorney General and Others – Fraudulent elections in a charity