We’re delighted to announce that John-Paul Swoboda has been elected to the Bar Council and will become a full-term member on the 1st of January 2017.

About the Bar Council

The Bar Council meets eight times a year (seven of the meetings are held on a Saturday morning) and all elected and representative members are expected to attend as many of these meetings as possible, but at least a minimum of four. Elected Bar Council members also serve on one or more representative committees which meet on average six to ten times a year, normally on a weekday evening. There are dial-in facilities for those who are unable to attend committee meetings in person.

This is an excellent opportunity for members of the profession to represent their constituency – whether that is practice area, Circuit or colleagues who have been practising for a similar amount of time – and bring their views to the Bar Council’s attention for discussion and debate. Becoming an elected member of the Bar Council provides a real chance to get involved in how the Bar Council discharges its representative functions and an opportunity to represent the profession. Read more…

John-Paul Swoboda

John-Paul practices in all aspects of Personal Injury law including road traffic accidents, employer’s and public liability matters. He has particular interest and expertise in International and Travel litigation, Industrial Disease, Clinical Negligence, and Inquests. Nearly all of his work is higher value and a significant proportion of his work relates to fatal accident claims. Most of his work results from repeat instructions. He prides himself on being approachable and thorough in his work. John-Paul enjoys working as part of a team with his instructing solicitor and has a reputation for establishing a good rapport with lay and professional clients.

In relation to International and Travel matters, John-Paul brings experience and knowledge to private international law matters, which typically involve the consideration and application of Rome II, Brussels recast, the doctrine of forum conveniens and service of the claim form out of the jurisdiction. John-Paul also has a wealth of experience in relation to claims arising from the Package Holiday Regulations and international conventions such as the Athens and Montreal Convention. He is also an editor of the International & Travel Law blog (https://internationalandtravellawblog.com). Read more…