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Gregory Tee

Called to Bar:

1999 Inner Temple

Education

LLB (Hons)

Practice Overview

Gregory has a broad
chancery practice covering; trusts and probate, property, commercial litigation
and insolvency disputes. He is recognised by the legal directories for his
"impeccable knowledge” of trusts of land matters in particular and is described
as being "prepared to go the extra mile in all his cases”.

He has particular
experience of heavy weight offshore trust and fund disputes in the Channel
Islands and is currently a consultant to a leading Guernsey law firm.

Trusts and Probate

Gregory’s practice
involves both advisory and litigation on matters such as claims in respect of
appointment and removal of trustees; breach of trust claims; dishonest
assistance and knowing receipt; family provision and setting aside declarations
of trust. His trust and probate cases and experience include the following:

·        Burnard v. Burnard [2014] EWHC 340 (Ch). The Court was asked to
determine a number of preliminary issues concerning the effect of a will, the
validity of various transfers of land, shareholdings in company and the
validity of a declaration of trust in the course of a claim under the
Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 s.2. Gregory was
instructed on behalf of the Claimant.

·        C v. D [2014] – Gregory is currently instructed on
behalf of a number of beneficiaries in respect of a claim against the trustees
of a family settlement for breach of trust concerning misapplication of trust
fund assets and for their removal as trustees.

·        Re E Settlement [2014] – this is a claim by the current
trustees of a settlement against the former trustees for a multi-million pound
breach of trust claim concerning the misapplication of trust assets and failure
to properly oversee investments together with a claim for unauthorised profits.
The claim also involves allegations of dishonest assistance against former
directors of the trustees.

·        Manning v. Grant [2014] – a claim for a declaration that a
property was held as joint tenants pursuant to an express declaration of trust.
Express declaration of trust denied by the Defendant. Declaration of trust
upheld. Gregory acted for the Claimant.

·        Oladejo v. Oladejo [2014] – a claim for an estate account and an
account of profits in respect of the unauthorised misapplication of rental
income by the executors and trustees under a will. Gregory advised and
represented the Claimants.

·        Trotman v. Trotman [2012] – a claim and counterclaim for a
declaration of legal and beneficial ownership arising out of allegations made
by the Defendant that the Claimant had fraudulently transferred several
properties into her own name and had subsequently dissipated assets by using a
Swiss bank account. Claim involved various applications for injunctions and
forensic handwriting evidence. Gregory successfully represented the Claimant at
trial.

·        X v Y (2012) – Gregory advised a well known
commentator in relation to a dispute with his former partner concerning
ownership of a property in the UK and in Europe.

Property

Gregory acts for clients
in respect of a variety of residential and commercial property related cases
from leasehold enfranchisement, to easements and rights of way, boundary
disputes, lands tribunal and 1954 Act claims. Recent cases include:

·        Cain Court v Higgitt (2013) – this case concerned the acquisition of
the freehold by the tenants in a block of flats. The application was resisted
on the basis that the freeholder was entitled to a leaseback of a loft space
within the block and the extent of the premises to be acquired. Gregory advised
and represented the Applicant throughout the proceedings.

·        Wool v. Southern Railway (2012) – this case concerned the grant of a new
tenancy of commercial premises at Redhill Railway Station. The matter went to
trial on the terms of the new lease. Gregory represented the tenant.

·        Mole Valley District
Council v. Turner (2012) – the Claimant
Council made an application for an injunction to remove the Defendant’s caravan
from a site in Leatherhead. The application was resisted on the grounds that
the Defendant would obtain planning permission. Following a trial the Court
granted an injunction in favour of the Claimant. Gregory advised and
represented the Claimant.

·        Hepburn v. O’Donnell and
Others (2012) – Gregory was instructed in relation to
a claim for possession of a 50-acre agricultural holding in northwest London.
The claim focused on allegations that the Defendant had hijacked the Claimant’s
company by fraudulently transferring shares and appointing directors to acquire
an interest in the land.

Commercial

Gregory acts for both
private and corporate clients in a broad range of cases including contractual
disputes, supply of goods and services, directors’ duties and liabilities and
commercial agency. Examples of recent cases include:

·        Advising a Liechtenstein
Foundation and company incorporated in the BVI upon a claim for rectification
of various multi-million pound loan agreements.

·        Advising a fund manager
on multi million pound claim brought by the liquidators of a fund relating to
allegations that the fund manager had lost control of assets.

·        Advising a trustee of a
fund upon the consequences of litigation between a fund manage and a
unit-holder. In particular consequences for the fund of a claim for an
indemnity by the fund manager.

·        Advising an
international bank in New York upon its obligations, as a third party to
disclose documents in a claim worth in excess of US100m brought by liquidators
against a former fund manager and its directors.

·        Advising upon a claim
against international offshore bank for its alleged failure to sell a fund
following instructions.

·        Advising a client upon a
claim against one of the largest insurance companies in UK, relating to a £32
million contract.

·        Successfully advised and
represented a company upon summary judgment application in claim for damages
arising out of sale of goods contract. The defendant company was advised and
represented by a leading QC throughout.

·        Representing Elf
Business Energy in relation to a claim for the transportation and supply of
gas. Acting for a manufacturer of RFID printing process in a £1 million plus
contractual claim against the largest research development company in Europe.
Issues of construction of letter(s) of intent, misrepresentation and estoppel
by convention.

·        Representing a building
company for works carried out in the USA involving issues of forum, illegality
and restitution.

Commercial Bankruptcy and Insolvency

Gregory represents
liquidators, creditors and debtors in relations to all aspects of bankruptcy
and insolvency. Recent cases include:

·        Advising a respondent in
relation to a transfer at undervalue.

·        Representing a
liquidator upon a claim for an interest in the former matrimonial home.

·        Advising a respondent
upon a potential claim by the liquidator for wrongful trading.

·        Assisting the liquidator
in a claim brought by the bankrupt’s former partner for a beneficial interest
in the former home of the bankrupt.

·        Setting aside orders of
bankruptcy.

·        Reinstatement of a
company following earlier dissolution.


 
Publications & Articles

·        International Civil
Fraud (2013) – Sweet and Maxwell – Contributor to the
Chapter on fraud in the jurisdiction of Guernsey.

·        Sellers beware – what
you say (or don’t say) may come back to haunt you!

·        Possession claims
against a bankrupt tenant

·        De Facto directors – the
net widens

·        Service charges- a
windfall for leaseholders at the expense of landlords?

·        What is the extent of a
builder’s duty of care beyond the obligations in the contract?

Professional memberships

·        Chancery Bar Association

·        Property Bar Association

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