January Scott LL.B. (Hons) Hull (First Class Honours), Call 2000

January Scott worked in a technical, senior managerial and consultancy capacity for 20 years in the IT industry before retraining for a career at the Bar. During the course of her first career she therefore had the opportunity to develop a strong background in commercial contract and employment law and brings this practical knowledge to her practice at the Bar.

She undertook her Law degree on a part-time basis to allow herself to carry on working. On successful completion of this and the Bar Vocational Course she then joined Wilberforce Chambers as a civil law pupil. She became a tenant at the end of pupillage.

Property matters lie at the heart of January's practice, whether in the form of claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (in which she particularly specialises), boundary or easement disputes, landlord & tenant matters (commercial and residential), financial orders following divorce (in which January has specialised for many years) or claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

January also has a large contract practice and regularly receives instructions in a variety of commercial and private contractual matters including, in particular, agency, sale of goods, supply of goods and services, the construction and enforcement of indemnity clauses, unfair contract terms and debt recovery.

January regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal (often on behalf of government departments but also on behalf of claimants and respondent employers) and her practice to date has involved a wide range of unfair dismissal, discrimination (on the grounds of sex, age and disability) and TUPE cases.

As a result of her own interest in, and wide-ranging experience of, equestrian matters, and her membership of the Equine Lawyers Association and the British Horse Society, January is regularly instructed in equine (and other animal) related case, in particular, with regard to contractual disputes and personal injury claims.

She undertakes personal injury work on behalf of both claimants and defendants, in particular in the areas of employer’s liability, occupier’s liability and local authority liability with regards to highways.

Professional Reputation

  • Civil Law areas include property, commercial, employment, personal injury and equine law
  • Specialises in Ancillary Relief and other property and financial issues and subsequently does not accept instruction in any other ares of Family Law.

Qualifications & Appointments

  • 1994-1999 University of Hull, LLB(Hons) FIRST CLASS HONOURS  (Winner of The Prince Delphus Odubanjo Prize in Law 1997, The Professor FW Taylor Fund Prize in Law 1997 and The Andrew Marvell Jackson Fund Prize in Law 1999)
  • Awarded the Prince of Wales Scholarship of £10,000 by Gray’s Inn in 1999
  • 1999-2000 Nottingham Trent School of Law, Bar Vocational Course  (Achieved 'OUTSTANDING' Grades in Civil Litigation, Civil Drafting, Advanced Civil Litigation and Employment Law)
  • Appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown in November 2007 and again following a further competition in 2012


  • North Eastern Circuit
  • Property Bar Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Equine and Animal Lawyers Association