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Joshua Griffin

Year of call: 2018

Joshua Griffin
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Josh has a wide-ranging practice covering all areas of commercial dispute resolution and property law. You can find further detail on Josh’s experience within each of the specialist area tabs of his profile.

His experience exceeds those of a similar year of call as in early 2020 he worked as a judicial assistant in the Commercial Court, sitting with Mr Justice Henshaw and Mr Justice Andrew Baker, where he gained valuable insight into trial process and first instance decision-making from the perspective of the judge for the most complex, high value and often high profile cases.  In addition, prior to joining Hardwicke, Josh undertook pupillage at a leading commercial set and gained experience in disputes in a range of practice areas, such as international trade, insurance and insolvency. Before then, Josh worked as a research assistant at the Law Commission in the Property and Trusts team, with a particular focus on the ‘Updating the Land Registration Act 2002’ project.

Outside of work, Josh enjoys yoga, travelling and spending time in the countryside.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Josh is developing a broad commercial practice and welcomes instructions in this area.

His current and recent work includes:

    • drafting a claim by a company for a six-figure sum against a former IT contractor for negligence and breach of confidentiality;
    • drafting letters of claim for professional negligence against a direct access barrister and a high street conveyancer;
    • defending claims for breach of intellectual property and a person guarantee; and
    • advising in advance of representation of a dispute over a failed fashion line of women’s swimwear.

Josh also has considerable experience in international trade, banking and finance and the conflicts of law from his pupillage at a leading commercial set and as a judicial assistant in the Commercial Court.

Property

Josh accepts instructions across the scope of property law, with a focus on leasehold matters and real property. His current and recent instructions include:

  • drafting a defence and counterclaim to a claim for interference with an easement;
  • advising in a dispute between leaseholders and joint freeholders of a property on a claim for breach of the lease and under TOLATA;
  • representation in residential tenancy and mortgage possession claims;
  • advice and representation in tenancy deposit claims; and
  • drafting written submissions and representation at a hearing of a licence variation application.

Further, Josh has an extensive understanding of land registration from his time working on the ‘Updating the Land Registration Act 2002’ project as a research assistant at the Law Commission. His work focussed in particular on mines and minerals, easements, adverse possession, mortgages and sub-mortgages and the jurisdiction of the First-tier Tribunal.

Professional Liability

Josh accepts instructions in professional liability cases, particularly where they overlap with property law. His recent instructions include:

    • drafting a claim by a company for a six-figure sum against a former IT contractor for professional negligence and breach of confidentiality;
    • drafting a letter of claim for professional negligence against a high street conveyancer for failing to advise on access issues prior to purchase
    • drafting letters of claim for professional negligence against a direct access barrister for negligence and breach of contract in relation to advice, drafting and representation.

Qualifications

  • BA Law with French Law, Worcester College, Oxford (First Class)
  • Certificat supérieur de droit français et européen, Université Panthéon-Assas
  • Bar Professional Training Course, BPP University (Very Competent)

Awards

BPTC

  • Excellence Award, BPP University
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn

University of Oxford

  • International Trade Prize
  • Hogan Lovells Prize
  • College Scholarship

CSR

Josh is an active member of Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit). He recently obtained a pro bono costs order in a hearing to strike-out a claim arising from a private parking ticket.  He was nominated for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year at the 2020 Bar Pro Bono Awards.

He previously volunteered with Citizens Advice as an adviser from 2013 to 2016 and with the Alzheimer’s Society by drafting Lasting Powers of Attorney.

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