Meet the Team

John Blackburn

John is the Principal of Blackburn & Co. and is a specialist in clinical negligence and personal injury litigation, whilst having considerable experience in other areas of litigation.

John qualified as a solicitor at Wedlake Saint in London in 1994.

John has a specialist interest in clinical negligence and high value personal injury claims.

John has conducted both fatal and non-fatal clinical negligence.

John also has extensive experience in other areas of litigation, including Landlord and Tenant litigation in the Court of Appeal, Contract, Debt Recovery, Boundary and Will/Trust/Property disputes.

The wife of a severely injured accident at work victim commented “really good job done, cannot fault him, he was friendly, approachable, brilliant, just what you need in difficult situations…”.

A clinical negligence client described John as “caring, patient and thorough, he was marvellous and I have recommended him to lots of people…”.

Parents, who brought a fatal clinical negligence claim on behalf of their late baby, found that John was “thorough, pleasant, very approachable, charming, endearing, helpful, patient, passionate, genuine and sincere…”.

Hurstpierpoint College, West Sussex (Exhibition Scholarship)

Reading University, BA (Hons) History

Holborn Law Tutors, CPE/PG Diploma in Law (placed 2nd= in 1st year exams)

College of Law, York, Law Society Finals Examination (Pass)


Sailing, motorbikes (proud owner of a Suzuki RF900), SCUBA diving, reading and music.

John lives with his wife, Denise, and their two dogs in Dorset. Between them, they have three children.

Elaine Potter

Elaine is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives with over 25 years experience in dealing with Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence claims.  During the course of her career she has  helped people with a variety of claims including Cerebral Palsy, Negligent Surgery, Birth Injuries, Delays in diagnosis of cancer, Accidents in the workplace, Asbestos claims, Noise induced deafness claims, to give just a small example of the wide range of claims she has helped clients with.

Elaine enjoys swimming and walking, but spends most of her spare time with her family of three adult children and four grandsons.

Graham Whitehouse

Graham is a highly regarded HR Manager and specialist Employment Law Solicitor. Before qualifying as a Solicitor, Graham worked as a HR Manager with the Ministry of Defence where he gained valuable experience of working within both the private and public sectors.

Although originally from the Midlands, Graham has lived and worked in the South West for the last 20 years where his no nonsense approach has earned him an excellent reputation.

Graham has a great deal of experience of all areas of HR and employment law including dealing with complex TUPE, discrimination and restructuring cases. Graham also has a special interest in dealing with discrimination cases and in negotiating termination agreements.

Graham acts on behalf of both employees and employers including a wide range of national and internationally based companies such as SME’s and larger Plc’s working in the retail, manufacturing, transport and service sectors.

Graham is a robust and skilled advocate and regularly presents cases in both the Employment Tribunal and in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Notably Graham was the principal advocate in the leading Employment Appeal Tribunal case of The Southern Vectis Omnibus Company-v-Manning [2012], where he successfully overturned a claim for disability discrimination.

Graham is currently accepting new clients and to arrange an appointment with him, please contact Blackburn Law on 01305 858 050

Christine Harley

Christine qualified in 2006 and has worked  exclusively in the Private Client field since that time.

Her work includes the usual Wills, probate and administration of estates, and creation and registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney.  Christine is particularly interested in the administration of Trusts, whether they are Will Trusts, or lifetime trusts, including trusts created to receive personal injury awards.

Christine has experience of Court of Protection work, including applications for appointment of a Deputy and applications by Deputies for further Court orders.  She has also made a number of applications for Statutory Wills.

Christine has been a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) since 2009.  She also holds the STEP Advanced Willwriting Certificate.

Christine is presently a member of STEP’s Mental Capacity, Contentious Trusts and Estates, and Cross-Border Estates special interest groups.

She has been a full member of Solicitors for the Elderly since 2010 and last year became a full accredited member.  This additional accreditation demonstrates the use of “soft skills”, in addition to technical knowledge.

In addition, she is a student member of both the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Solicitors For The Elderly Accredited  Advising Families Across Generations

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