John Hardcastle 

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member

General Information

John joined Clerksroom in February 2019 as a civil practitioner with experience in the field of personal injury, credit hire (claimant and defendant) and commercial and consumer contract law. He is also regularly instructed in property law matters (cohabitation, trusts of land and residential and commercial leases) and has an interest and some past experience in the field of employment law.

John regularly appears in the County Court and is able to assist with the drafting of documents and the provision of written advice at any stage in proceedings. He is prepared to consider instructions on a CFA basis in the right case and is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public. He is further authorised to conduct litigation.

Prior to practising as a barrister, John was employed for 16 years as a full-time operational firefighter at busy city centre fire stations dealing with all manner of emergencies. It was whilst serving as a firefighter that John embarked upon a part-time law degree, qualifying as a barrister in 2011.

After qualifying as a barrister and before starting in practice, John taught law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Sheffield Hallam University (teaching Equity and Trusts, Land Law and Intellectual Property Law) before accepting a prestigious fixed-term position as a Judicial Assistant in the Court of Appeal to Lord Dyson, then Master of the Rolls, in 2012/13.

John has recently returned to teaching law at Sheffield Hallam University as an Associate Lecturer (since October 2021) teaching Trusts & Equitable Wrongs, Land, Property Law & Practice and Dispute Resolution in Tort.

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Personal Interests

When not practising or teaching law, John’s interests are mainly in sport and fitness. With a particular interest in triathlon, he regularly competes in events around the country and overseas.


Firstly, thank you so much for providing the documents and your detailed attendance note on behalf of the Claimants. In addition, thank you for such a fantastic job in getting this matter settled by way of a mandatory order at the hearing. I was very impressed and pleased with your pleadings and advice as well as your meticulous eye for detail. I do wish and hope that we can continue to work together as I deal mainly with disrepair/possession and some litigation matters generally.

Saeed LawTec Solicitors

John Hardcastle

phone01823 247 247

Qualified in 2011