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    Sean is an experienced and dynamic barrister specialising in substantial commercial work including interlocutory injunctions and Appeals and Applications in the High Court and Court of Appeal. He is equally at home and has a proven record in Criminal cases. He has exceptional communication skills and is highly regarded as a tough litigator whom any clients would want on their side.
    Membership Status: Barrister – Full Member and Tenant

    Qualified: 2004 (South Africa) 2011 (England and Wales)

    Tel: 020 3239 0772

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  • Sean served in the South African Defence Force before pursuing a career in law. Before deciding to go to the Bar in South Africa, Sean was an articled clerk in a busy practice in Durban, South Africa.

    Sean was called to the English Bar in 2011 (Gray’s Inn) and to the South African Bar in 2004. As a Barrister of 10 years call, Sean conducts himself with the highest professional standard and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. As a barrister, Sean has rights of audience in England and Wales and is still an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. Sean sat as an Advisor with His Lordship, Pandya J.– High Court in two Murder Trials (South Africa – WLD) 2007.

    Having worked for many years in commercial and construction environments, Sean understands the nature and difficulties of the business world. His knowledge of IT, Forensics, Medical law places him in a unique position when dealing with matters that relate to these fields of knowledge. Sean has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to grasp the essentials of a case quickly, problem-solve and to work within tight time-frames and this has led to him being Counsel of choice in urgent matters. Furthermore, Sean’s ability to establish a good rapport with instructing solicitors and lay clients has proved invaluable

  • Sean Middleton represented me in a civil litigation case. He quickly go to the nub of the problem and fought a direct no nonsense case both before we went to court and then at court. We won the day and we won our costs back.
    Well done Sean

    Level of Service:Excellent
    Knowledge Excellent
    Replying to correspondence:Excellent
    Returning calls:Excellent
    Punctuality:Excellent
    Advocacy in Court:Excellent
    Your Bill:Excellent

    Jeff Roberts Lay Client – Mar 2016

    “Mr Middleton provides an extremely professional service to the highest possible standard. Mr Middleton provides a thorough, understandable and balanced appraisal of your case, detailing the appropriate options available to you that ensures they are both realistic and achievable. This allows you to make a highly informed decision that is most appropriate for you. I would certainly recommend Mr Middleton to those seeking sound advice, counsel or advocacy.

    Level of Service:Excellent
    Knowledge Excellent
    Replying to correspondence:Excellent
    Returning calls:Excellent
    Punctuality:Excellent
    Advocacy in Court:Excellent
    Your Bill:Excellent

    S Wrighton Lay Client – Jan 2016


    “Sean Middleton is quite simply exceptional!

    I obviously can’t go into detail, however a barrister which I had been working with for almost 6 months withdrew from the case 4 days before the hearing leaving me in a very difficult situation. After discussing the matter with Sean I was convinced that he was the representation that I needed and thankfully he took pity on me and agreed to represent me at very short notice.

    In the intervening 4 days Sean worked miracles and the matter was settled on mutually agreeable terms prior to the hearing.

    Sean is very straight talking, a man of action and above all else he looks after his client’s interest from the outset.

    It’s a shame when you find someone who is so accomplished in their field but hope not to have need of their services on a regular basis, needless to say I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Sean and have in fact already done so.”

    James Bethell Lay Client – Jul 2015


    I was extremely impressed with every aspect of Mr. Middleton’s work. He handled my case so efficiently and finding him was like a weight lifted off my shoulders. I cannot thank him enough

    Level of Service:Excellent
    Knowledge Excellent
    Replying to correspondence:Excellent
    Returning calls:Excellent
    Punctuality:Excellent
    Advocacy in Court:
    Your Bill:Excellent

    Xavier Jahouel (lay client)Porvair Filtration Group Limited

    Sean [Middleton] represented us in a hearing to obtain a possession order for a property that we own, the tenant has refused to leave following issuing of notices. Despite the tenant pleading hardship and asking for an extended period to vacate, Sean was able to put forward a very good case for the period to be kept to the minimum allowable. The judge went on to grant possession within 14 days (the best outcome that we could have expected). Thank you Sean for your assistance. 

    Justin IvesLay client

    Sean [Middleton] represented us in a hearing to obtain a possession order for a property that we own, the tenant has refused to leave following issuing of notices. Despite the tenant pleading hardship and asking for an extended period to vacate, Sean was able to put forward a very good case for the period to be kept to the minimum allowable. The judge went on to grant possession within 14 days (the best outcome that we could have expected). Thank you Sean for your assistance. 

    Justin IvesLay client

    I read your profile before actually meeting you and was very impressed. On meeting you at the Court you put me at ease with your knowledge and humour and carefully explained how you intended to conduct the hearing and fetch my claim to a successful conclusion. Both myself and my solicitor were very impressed with the obvious thorough preparation you had done and the professional way this was carried out. I take this opportunity of thanking you for all you have done in fetching my claim to a very satisfactory result. It was a real pleasure for both my daughter and I to meet you and I am very grateful that I had you representing me. Take care and my best wishes. 

    Clarissa StoppLay client

    I have had the pleasure of working with Sean Middleton on a possession hearing in Croydon County Court and regardless of the distance Sean had to travel from, he remained committed and did an excellent job in ensuring that eviction of our client was not successful. An outcome that delighted the client. 

    Deji Sijuwade, Senior PartnerAlfred James & Co

    Just wanted to pass on my sincere thanks for representing my young son throughout his court hearing on New Years Eve. Thanks for firstly giving up your time during the holidays, it was really nice to meet you and following the success of the case my son is now much happier and that he was also in good hands. It’s not often you feel at ease when attending court cases or hearings and your professionalism and dedication made our case smooth and the paperwork was all taken care of by you and your good lady. I hope that my younger daughters case is dealt by yourself too. Thank you once again and I would thoroughly recommend you to anyone. A very efficient and well managed case from my perspective and I could not have been provided with a better service I am sure. 

    Taffos O’HaganLay client, Infant Approval matter

    Thanks [Sean Middleton] for all your hard work and professionalism throughout. Excellent job and a great result.

    Emma DionNext Legal Department

    When we left the court we went back to work to tell everybody how brilliant you [Sean Middleton] had been, even though we felt like we had “put been through the mill!” without your expert professionalism and clear knowledge of the law I am not sure that I could believe in the “wonderful British legal system”…having just read your story I know that we were meant to have you as our Counsel that day as I can quite see that you have all the necessary qualities determination and legal skills to ride out such opposition and triumph over adversity…once again, Sean, many, many thanks, you were just terrific! 

    Tom & Sharon DowdsLay clients, road traffic matter

    Just a quick e-mail to say thank you [Sean Middleton] for successfully bringing my insurance claim to a successful close. You showed that you had read through my case notes and taken in what I said. You gave great advice during the short time that we had together before the hearing and explained everything that would happen in almost perfect order of what actually happened. All this together lead to a successful claim and a smooth hearing that I was comfortable and at ease throughout.

    Andy MooreLay Client

    • Emergency Injunctions
    • Appeals
    • Construction Law
    • Family Law
    • Business entities and Corporate Law
    • Contract
    • Criminal Law
    • Courts Martial
    • Torts and Delict
    • Law of Agency
    • Computer and I.T. Law
    • Patents and Trade Marks
    • Forensic and Medical Law
    • South African Law
    • Contracts
    • Drafting
    • Pleadings
    • Opinions
    • Advocacy
    • Easily and quickly identifies legal issues
    • Able to propose workable legal strategies
    • Understands the solicitor’s practice and internal requirements
    • Able to establish a rapport with both client and lay client together with being able to build lasting relationships
    • Confidence and the ability to think “on my feet”

    • Bar of England and Wales
    • Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
    • Member of the South Eastern circuit
    • Association of Military Court Advocates (England & Wales)
    • Member of the Commonwealth Bar
    • Advocate of the High Court of South Africa

     

    • Legal Aid Certified (England & Wales)
    • Public Access Barrister
    • Johannesburg Bar (2006-2012)
    • AFSA; Commercial Arbitrator South Africa
    • Panel of the Legal Aid Board South Africa