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Bradley John-Davis

Call 2022


A seat with James Sharpe during pupillage exposed Bradley to a wide range of general commercial work. As part of his LLM, Bradley wrote a dissertation on the Supreme Court’s developing view of contractual construction and so he has a particular interest in matters of interpretation.

Recent examples of Bradley’s own work in the commercial and insolvency fields include:

  • Advising a construction client in respect of a “genuine dispute” raised by a company in response to a Statutory Demand and as a defence to a winding-up petition.
  • Drafting a defence and counterclaim for a large poultry processer in a breach of contract claim brought against it by a former supplier of broilers.
  • Advising severally on questions of offer and acceptance and whether binding agreements have been formed between parties.
  • When acting on behalf of a salvage dealer in a sale of goods matter, securing strike-out of a claimant’s claim for damages.
  • Advising a claimant on the merits of a claim in contract against the installer of a gas boiler, the installation of which was alleged to have caused a water pump to fail.
  • Being instructed severally on wind-up petitions listed in the Chancery Division.
  • Being instructed on behalf of a Premier League football club to file a bankruptcy petition in respect of one of the club’s debtors.

Examples of his general commercial work during pupillage included:

  • Advising on matters of interpretation and the effect of exclusion clauses in respect of a contract for the hire equipment for use in warehousing (during pupillage).
  • Drafting a skeleton argument for the respondent to a summary judgment application in a claim involving high-value commercial leases (during pupillage).
  • Conducting in-depth research on the effect of shareholder authorisation on a director’s breach of duty in respect of a complex and high-value claim brought by a company against its former directors (during pupillage).

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  • Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple (2020)
  • Winner, Cardiff University Undergraduate/GDL Moot (2020)
  • Arteaga Prize for best performance in Spanish Language & Literature, Oxford University (2004)
  • Various academic scholarships, Merton College (2001-2004)




  • BA, Modern Languages & Literature (French & Spanish – First Class), Merton College, University of Oxford
  • GDL (Distinction), Cardiff University
  • BTC & LLM (Outstanding, with Distinction in LLM), Cardiff University

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