John Parr

Year of Call: 1989
Practice areas:
  • Personal Injury


John specialises in personal injury litigation arising from road traffic accidents, accidents at work and public liability claims for both claimants and defendants. 

Although his practice is predominantly based in the North of England he is happy to cover cases throughout the UK as required and accepts instructions on both straightforward modest value claims as well as high-value complex cases. 

John read law at Reading University on a Royal Naval scholarship and thereafter served at sea in HMS Invincible, HMS Illustrious and HMS Bristol, before being selected for legal training.  Following his call to the Bar in 1989, John studied International Humanitarian Law and Law of the sea at Cambridge University and subsequently in 1990 was appointed Assistant Chief Naval Judge Advocate, in which role he was responsible for providing legal advice to the Ministry of Defence (Navy) and appeared extensively in Naval Courts-Martial both prosecuting and defending.

John retired from the Royal Navy in the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1994 and entered private practice on the Northern Circuit, initially in 8 King Street Chambers, Manchester, where his practice gradually shifted from crime and police disciplinary work to civil litigation. He joined Cobden House Chambers in 2008 and has focused exclusively on civil litigation since then.      


  • Road traffic accidents, particularly involving vulnerable road users

  • Employers’ liability 

  • Public liability

  • Civil procedure

Notable Cases

Horton v Tamplin Contracts Ltd [2003] PIQR P 12: in which the Court of Appeal confirmed the requirement for reasonable foreseeability under Regulation 20 of the Work Equipment Regulations 1998.  



  • LLB (Hons)


  • Northern Circuit

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association

Personal Information

In his spare time John still thinks he can play rugby.

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