Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Dispute Resolution Partner


Adam Johnson is a commercial litigator with 15 years’ experience acting for blue chip companies, SMEs and high net worth individuals in High Court litigation and arbitrations. Adam has experience of a wide range of commercial disputes and litigation including complex breach of contract claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of warranty claims, public procurement disputes,  property-related disputes, commercial agency disputes, professional negligence claims, retention of title claims and contentious insolvency-related matters.

Adam trained and spent 11 years at a global law firm and had a prior career running a family business. As a result, he understands how clients view the legal process and is determined to make the experience as painless as possible and achieve a solution within the fastest available timeframe to enable them to focus on running their business.

Adam is a married father of three and enjoys music and cricket.

Notable experience

  • Compass Group UK and Ireland Ltd (t/a Medirest) v Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust [2013] EWCA Civ 200 – Court of Appeal judgment on application of contractual discretion and express duties of good faith in the context of a dispute between an NHS Trust and a catering and cleaning supplier.
  • Acted for a FTSE 100-listed globally renowned hotel business in connection with a series of related international arbitrations with a European hotel owner with a combined value in excess of EUR 500m
  • Represented four shareholders in a family business in the context of a bitter dispute with the other half of the family shareholder group involving allegations of unfair prejudice, breaches of directors’ duties and misfeasance.
  • Acted for a New York based diamond jewellery manufacturer in a dispute brought against a leading UK jewellery retailer seeking the recovering of substantial unpaid sums.
  • Represented the buyers of a training services provider in the context of a complex breach of warranty claim against the sellers of the company involving allegations of fraudulent conduct.
  • Acted for a social media company against the seller of a Facebook page in response to the seller’s failure to transfer access to the page resulting in the seller being imprisoned in the face of his contempt of court.