John Collins

John has a well-established, thriving practice specialising in chancery and common law, property, commercial law and all aspects of negligence.

His experience includes:

  • Real property and all types of property disputes, including contracts and conveyancing problems, easements, commons, restrictive covenants, boundary disputes and nuisance.
  • Wills, probate and trusts; interpretation of and disputes concerning all types of wills and trusts; domicile disputes; Inheritance Act claims.
  • Landlord and tenant, covering both private and Local Authority lettings as well as business, residential and agricultural tenancies.
  • Companies and partnerships; dissolution of both and disputes between partners and former partners; liabilities of directors and directors' disqualification; minority rights; corporate and personal insolvency.
  • Judicial Review covering disputes with Local Authorities and Government Departments, quangos, courts, planning decisions.
  • Commercial disputes; freezing orders, retention of title issues.
  • Professional negligence, including that of lawyers, licensed conveyancers, surveyors, accountants, Education Authorities.
  • All aspects of negligently and deliberately caused damage, including personal injury and damage to real property and goods.

Areas of Expertise

  • Professional negligence
  • Negligence in building construction
  • Damage by vegetation
  • Property disputes
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Easements and Commons
  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Real property contracts
  • Wills, Probate and Inheritance
  • Judicial Review

Reported Cases

  • Re Jackson, Ilott v Mitson [2011] 2 FCR; [2014] WTLR 575 (ongoing)
  • Direct Line v Fox [2009] 1 AER (Comm) 1017, fraudulent insurance claims
  • William Smith (Wakefield) Ltd -v- Parisride Ltd (2005) 2EGLR 22 - an important decision in agricultural holdings law
  • Ribee v. Norrie [2001] 33 HLR 69, a successful appeal to the CA, where the duties of an absentee landlord of property were laid down in relation to escape of fire and nuisance
  • R. v Leeds City Council e.p. LICS (1996) 73 P&CR 70 (see below)
  • Nationwide Anglia B. S. v Ahmed and Balakrishnan (1995) 70 P&CR 381 (loss of vendors lien)
  • R. v Inspector of taxes e.p. Brumfield [1989] STC 151 (taxation of farming partnerships)
  • Wakefield MDC v Huzminor Investments (1989) 29 RVR 108 (rating of commercial premises)
  • Re K. [1988] Ch. 310 (the leading case on enduring powers of attorney)
  • Sharneyford Supplies v Edge [1986] Ch. 128, [1987] Ch. 305 (sale of maggot farm: damages for non-completion
  • Re ilkley and Burley Moors (1984) 47 P&CR 324 (rights of common)
  • Wakefield City Council v Box [1982] 3 All E.R. 506 (markets and fairs)
  • Harrison-Broadley v Smith [1963] 1 WLR 1262 and Beevers v Mason (1978) 37 P&CR 452 (agricultural holdings)
  • Robinson v Crompton Parkinson [1978] (unfair dismissal)
  • Jarmain v Wetherall (1977) 75 LGR 537 (the case which gave the "go-ahead" to car boot sales)
  • Harrison v Battye [1975] 1 WLR 58 (exchange of contracts)
  • Blackstone v Burnetts (West End) [1973] 1 WLR 1487 (important case on waiver of forfeiture)
  • Crow v Wood [1971] 1 QB 77 (easement of fencing)
  • CEGB v Dunning [1970] Ch. 643 (what is a "pleasure ground"?)
  • R. v Inman [1967] 1 Q.B. 140 (company fraud, duplicity of indictment)
  • Radziej v Radiej [1967] 1 WLR 659 (matrimonial provision in bigamy)
  • Alwoodley Motors' Application (1961) 13 P&CR 195

Notable Cases

  • Ilott v Mitson - Important decisions on adult child's Inheritance Act. 
  • R (LICS) v Leeds City Council, advising and representing a Local Authority on restrictive covenants affecting a major development


Publications include articles on aspects of property law and civil procedure.

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  • Call: 1956


  • Deputy County Court Judge and Deputy Circuit Judge 1970-1980
  • Recorder 1980-1998
  • Head of Chambers 1966-2002

Professional Associations

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Northern Chancery Bar Association
  • Representative of the Law reports and All England Law Reports.


  • MA Lit. Hum, Queen's College, Oxford (Hastings Scholar)

Personal information

  • During his spare time John is involved in charitable and public work (including membership of a housing association board for over 30 years) and enjoys music, art, reading and walking.

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