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John Ratledge

John read for an undergraduate Law Degree and a post-graduate Master of Philosophy Degree at St John’s College, Cambridge. Following pupillage in Manchester in 1999 he now specialises in personal injury, disease and employment law.
John Ratledge
John joined EA Law - East Anglian Chambers in September 2016 from St John's Buildings in Manchester, although he has lived and undertaken work in Norfolk for some years.

Personal injury

John is an experienced personal injury specialist and accepts instructions in a broad range of Multi-track injury matters (road traffic, work accidents and public liability claims) but has become best known for motor fraud cases, including fraud rings, staged accidents, those that never happened, and bogus passenger claims. He is the preferred counsel for a number of large insurers in this area.  Talks John has given on any of these subjects receive consistently strong feedback for clarity, delivery and being practical and useful.

John’s employers' liability practice covers spinal and subtle brain injury, for claimants and defendants, as well as the full range of more prosaic work-related injury e.g. lifting and falling. Public liability claims have recently included fireworks display burns, animal bites and crushes, and ice slipping accidents.

He has also provided advice and representation in industrial disease claims for over a decade: deafness, respiratory conditions, skin disorders and upper limb conditions/RSI. All aspects of these claims are handled from pre-litigation advice through to CCMCs, trial and argument on costs.

Employment law

John is an employment law specialist who provides representation at Tribunal and EAT level for claimants and respondents in dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Commercial clients include both private enterprises and PLCs. John is regularly instructed in long, high value discrimination claims with high success rates, one example being an award of nearly £100,000 for a probation officer with depression who was overworked, unsupported and harassed. John recently advised on a whistleblowing claim against a government department, then provided representation at the judicial mediation to achieve a settlement of nearly £300,000.


Personal Injury Bar Association
Employment Law Association

John is accredited by the Bar Council to undertake direct public access work.

Away from work he is a keen road cyclist and Ironman triathlete.
Quick to pick up on the issues, and impressive on his feet.
Legal 500 (2010)
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