Jennifer Lee - Family Finance

Jennifer Lee - Family Finance profile


Jennifer has developed a thriving practice in the area of family finance, and has successfully represented clients in high-value cases involving substantial pensions, nuptial agreements, family businesses, inherited wealth, companies and trusts, with both domestic and international elements. She undertakes work for both applicants and respondents in marriages and in civil partnerships, as well as for interveners. Jennifer has acted in a number of high-profile reported cases (see below) and is ranked as a "Leading Junior - Family and Children Law" in The Legal 500 (2017/18). She appears at all levels of courts, including the High Court and the Court of Appeal. She has also been instructed in family finance arbitrations. In addition to her court work, Jennifer regularly presents seminars on matrimonial finance. 


  • 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 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:
  • LFL v LSL (McKenzie Friends and Breach of Court Orders) [2017] EWFC B62 (18 August 2017) - Judgment reported here:
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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