Profile

FAMILY - Jennifer is a specialist family law practitioner. She has gained wide experience of complex children cases, and has developed a thriving practice in the area of family finance. She has successfully represented high net worth clients in cases involving substantial family businesses and inherited wealth, foreign assets and jurisdictional issues, substantial pensions, nuptial agreements, and complex trusts. She has appeared in a number of high-profile reported cases, most notably in Veluppillai v Veluppillai & Ors. [2015] EWHC 3095 (Fam)(High Court) and in LFL v LSL (McKenzie Friends and Breach of Court Orders) [2017] EWFC B62 (see below). Over the years, as a corollary of her thriving family practice, Jennifer has developed an interest in issues surrounding vulnerable persons and the Court of Protection, and in surrogacy and 'alternative' families, having acted for commissioning parents in HFEA cases. Jennifer appears at all levels of court, from the Family Courts, to the High Court and Court of Protection. She also regularly appears in arbitrations and mediations. Jennifer is ranked as a "Leading Junior- Family and Children Law" in The Legal 500 (2017/18), and has been highly commended for her attention to detail and her robust approach, both in negotiations and during hearings.

CIVIL - Jennifer has a niche civil practice, with an emphasis on contract, property, and landlord & tenant law. She has experience of high-value disputes involving foreign jurisdictions and has been instructed in relation to heavy weight commercial, property, and oil & gas disputes. Jennifer appears at all levels of court, from county court level to the High Court, and in property tribunals. She has also developed an interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and in domestic and international arbitration in particular. Her clients range from individuals and small to medium sized businesses, to companies on the FTSE 100 and multinationals.

Jennifer is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb). She is qualified to undertake direct public access work. In addition to maintaining a busy practice, Jennifer is a member of Chambers' Family Team Action Group, Chambers' Marketing Committee, and part of the Pupillage & Tenancy Committee (portfolio for pupillages). She also leads the Court of Protection Team.

DIRECTORY AND CLIENT COMMENTS:

Ranked as a "Leading Junior - Family and Children Law" in The Legal 500 (2017/18) - ‘A very talented junior – feisty with an eagle eye for detail.’​

"We could not fault Jennifer Lee. Her preparation and presentation in Court were excellent. She covered the facts of the case simply yet effectively...it was impressive to see her in action"

"Exhibits impressive attention to detail” and knows “when to hold back and when to press the point home”.

“Extremely in-depth preparation for cases” and "is bullish and not afraid to fight her client’s corner”.

She “consistently delivers good results, even in difficult cases involving complex facts and law”. She “takes a principled approach” and is “personable, well-liked by lay and professional clients”.

Jennifer was "impressive on her feet, she was very assertive and packed a punch at the hearing".

Qualifications:

LL.B (Hons), University College London
LL.M (International Human Rights Law), London School of Economics
Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School
Cholmeley Studentship (2008)
Lincoln’s Inn Hardwicke Entrance Award (2006)

Professional associations:

CIArb (Associate)
Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
Resolution (Associate)
International Bar Association (IBA)
Lincoln's Inn Denning Society
Member of the Young Leader's Group, Asia House
Citizens' Advice legal adviser (Debt/Money and Family Law)

Outside Interests:

Music, art, travel.

Notable Cases:

Veluppillai v Veluppillai & Ors. [2015] EWHC 3095 (Fam) - Judgment of Mostyn J - Financial remedy proceedings in which the husband's abysmal conduct was strongly criticised. Judgment reported here: http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed151030
LFL v LSL (McKenzie Friends and Breach of Court Orders) [2017] EWFC B62 (18 August 2017) - Judgment reported here: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/OJ/2017/B62.html
DB v DW [2015] EWCOP 16 - Represented an applicant in a case involving competing applications for deputyship for property and affairs. This Judgment is reported on BAILII: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2015/16.html
RBW & M v T & T [2015] EWFC B191 - Represented a party in a complex, non-accidental head injury case
B v B (2014, IFLA arbitration) - Represented the husband in a complex, two-day matrimonial finance arbitration conducted under the IFLA Scheme. The parties were French and Korean, and owned properties in the UK and in foreign jurisdictions.
S v S (2014) - Achieved an excellent result for a client in financial remedy proceedings, which involved substantial pensions, and issues of lack of disclosure of assets in the UK and abroad. A costs order was also made against the other party.
O'Brien v Cockle (2014) - Successfully obtained Judgment of over £100K plus costs in the Commercial Court (High Court, QBD) in respect of a breach of contract claim involving the purchase of shares in another country
Re H (2014) - Successful represented the applicant in the Court of Protection, where orders were made for his appointment as deputy for personal welfare and property.
C v C (2013) - Achieved an excellent result for the Respondent Husband in high-value financial remedy proceedings. The client was able to retain the home and family business.
Re O (2013) - Provided advice to clients involved in an international sales share dispute worth approximately US$2M
S v T & M (2013) - Provided advice to an international oil/gas company on a potential breach of contract claim and wrongful interference with goods, with a value of approximately £4M.
Re Rafferty (2013) - Successfully represented a medium sized business trading in laboratory equipment in a breach of contract claim against a supplier
BCC v S & R (April, 2012) – represented the Father in contested care proceedings, successfully argued that the child should remain with his birth family
B v R & B (Feb, 2012) - successfully represented the Mother in a complex contact dispute, where the Father was serving a lengthy custodial sentence for GBH against the Mother's long-term partner.
Re Marshalls (April, 2012) – Successfully represented a building contractor in a high value multi-track claim, with significant costs implications.
Khan v Biffa Waste (February, 2012) - Successfully represented the claimant in a PI claim, where the defendant had denied liability and causation of the claimant's injuries.
Shellpoint Trustees v Barnett (January, 2012) - successfully represented a freeholder in a complex major works and service charge dispute.
Word Ministries v Marsden Weighing Group (Nov, 2011) - successfully applied for summary judgment in a dispute about a right to purchase agreement, enabling the client to retain profits in excess of £30K.
H v C (2011) - represented Mother in family proceedings where child reluctant to have contact with Father, who was epileptic and had severe mental health issues.
C v C (High Court, 2011) - represented Mother in wardship proceedings involving children who had been removed from the jurisdiction.
Morgan v Quest Timber Products Ltd (High Court, 2010) - successfully applied for bankruptcy petition to be struck out.



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