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Unity Street Chambers - Bristol: A leading set of Barristers serving the South West and beyond


5 Unity Street Chambers, Bristol BS1 5HH
0117 906 9789 / 0117 906 9799 (fax)

Year of Call and Inn

1978 Gray’s Inn

Professional Details

Personal Injury
Clinical & Professional Negligence

Head of Chambers, John Isherwood is instructed on a regular basis for both Claimant and Defendant clients in complex cases involving catastrophic injury and brain damage caused by road traffic, employment/occupier-related and other accidents; with instructions and paperwork processed almost invariably within a week.

He has a breadth of experience also in Industrial disease actions, including mesothelioma, vibration white finger and hearing damage claims.

His ability to “cut to the chase”, give clear, concise advice and adopt a pragmatic approach puts him in high demand; with a ready willingness to proceed to trial (if habitually robust negotiation proves ineffectual), where a down to earth approach and formidable factual recall make him a redoubtable opponent.

Instructed by some of the UK’s largest Insurers as well as local firms, he is one of the busiest yet most approachable and “user friendly” juniors on the Western Circuit.


John Isherwood of Unity Street Chambers is seen as a “formidable advocate, who is excellent with clients.”

Formal Education

Cambridge (Trinity College) MA Law
King Edwards School Bath

Professional Memberships

Personal Injuries Bar Association

Recent Seminars

“Ogden Table 6 Review”


Rugby (alas, now watching and no longer playing). Wine, good food and the company of friends sharing a much exercised sense of humour.