Jennifer Lee

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Family Finance

Jennifer Lee is a specialist family law practitioner, with a thriving practice in family finance and wide experience of children cases. She has successfully represented high net worth clients in complex cases concerning family businesses and inherited wealth, substantial pensions, nuptial agreements, and trusts. Many of her cases involve foreign assets and jurisdictional issues, and some concern the validity or otherwise of an overseas marriage or divorce. Jennifer 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. Jennifer continues to be ranked as a "Leading Junior- Family and Children Law" in The Legal 500 (2018/19), and is ranked as a specialist in family/matrimonial law in Chambers & Partners (UK Bar)(2018/19). Jennifer appears at all levels of court, and is regularly instructed in arbitrations, private FDRs and mediations. She is highly commended for her attention to detail and her robust approach, both in negotiations and during hearings.

 

Children Private Law

Jennifer has in-depth experience of children law matters, in both private law and public law. She is regularly instructed in complex residence and contact disputes, in internal and international relocation cases, and in Hague Convention cases. She has experience of representing parties in proceedings involving serious physical and emotional abuse, sexual abuse, parental alienation, and neglect. Over the years, Jennifer has also developed an increasing interest in cases concerning surrogacy and modern families. Jennifer appears at all levels of the family court. She was nominated as "Junior Barrister of the Year" for the Family Law Awards 2016, and is ranked as a "Leading Junior - Children and Family Law" in The Legal 500 (2017/18).

Property

Jennifer receives instructions in a range of property matters. She has extensive knowledge of landlord and tenant matters, and has regularly appeared before the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and Lands Tribunal. She has successfully represented clients in high-value contruction claims, and in right of way, service charge and boundary disputes.

Court of Protection

Jennifer's experience in family law and her interest in issues relating to vulnerable persons have served to reinforce her Court of Protection practice. She has appeared in the COP in cases involving applications for deputyship for personal welfare, and for property and affairs. She has also been instructed in difficult cases concerning issues of deprivation of liberty, and in urgent cases involving life-threatening illness, where important decisions need to be made as to medical treatment and financial arrangements for the protected person ("P"). She acted for the successful applicant in DB v DW [2015] EWCOP 16, which involved competing applications for deputyship for property and affairs. Jennifer now leads the Court of Protection Team in Chambers.

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
  • Lincoln’s Inn Hardwicke Entrance Award (2006)
Professional associations:
  • Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
  • Resolution (Associate)
  • CIArb (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 and art
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
  • O v M (2018) - successfully represented the respondent in contested divorce proceedings involving the validity or otherwise of an overseas marriage and divorce.
  • 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.
Publications:
  • UCL Jurisprudence Review, 13th Volume (co-editor) (UCL Press, 2007).
  • 'Employment Law in a Nutshell: Wrongful Dismissals', The Weekly Law Review Newsletter (Summer 2008), 20.
  • 'The UCL Jurisprudence Review Launch', The Weekly Law Review Newsletter (Summer 2007), 2.
  • 'Human Dignity and Inviolability: The Absolute Prohibition of Torture', [2005] 12 U.C.L. Jurisprudence Review, 80.
  • "A Changing Landscape?", New Law Journal (Volume 160, Issue 7422), employment law article on the issue of damages in wrongful dismissal claims, co-written with Spencer Keen.
  • Co-editor, along with Stephen Jones, of the Pump Court Chambers Property Law Newsletter.
  • "Much Obliged: The Level of Obligation Owed by Employers to Former Employees", New Law Journal, September 2011 (Vol. 161, Issue 7480).
  • "Withdrawal of Pre-Action Admissions: Woodland v Stopford & Ors [2011] EWCA Civ 266", PI Brief Update Law Journal (July 2011).
  • "The Recoverabiliy of Counsel’s Fees for Infant Approval Hearings", PI Brief Update Law Journal (March 2011).
  • "Parenthood and Donor Insemination: Contact Rights in Light of Re G (A Child) [2013]
  • "Gifts Made in Contemplation of Death: Donatio Mortis Causa and Vallee v Birchwood [2013] EWHC 1449 (Ch)", LawSkills, 14th June 2013
  • "The Supreme Court Case of Marley v Rawlings: A Mix-Up in Wills", LawSkills, Feb. 2014
  • "LFL v LSL: Guidance and Practical Tips on how to work with McKenzie Friends", The Review (Resolution), February 2018