John Hayes QC

Year of call 1992


John was called in 1992 and was appointed as Queens Counsel in 2013.  He practises in Courts at all levels with an extensive High Court practice in public law children work.  He has 25 years experience in this specialist field.

John is instructed on behalf of local authorities, parents, relatives and children's guardians in the most complex cases involving very serious allegations of harm and the death of children.

John is a popular and experienced practitioner who is recommended in successive editions of the Legal 500.

John provided a written Opinion at the request of Lord Lloyd of Berwick which was cited during a House of Lords Parliamentary debate on a proposed amendment to section 31 of the Children Act 1989.


"Particularly strong in cases with complex medical issues."

Legal 500 (2015)

"He is meticulous, good at communicating with clients, responsive and well prepared."

Chambers & Partners 2018