"She is the type of barrister solicitors dream of being able to instruct."Legal 500 2019
"Professional, sharp and has fantastic attention to detail."Chambers & Partners 2019
"Very thorough and a good advocate, whom clients really like."Chambers & Partners 2019
"A very talented junior – feisty with an eagle eye for detail."Legal 500 2018
Jennifer Lee is a specialist family law practitioner. She has wide experience of complex children cases, and a thriving practice in the area of family finance. She has successfully represented high net worth clients in cases involving family businesses and inherited wealth, significant pensions, nuptial agreements, and complex trusts. Many of her cases also involve foreign assets and cross-jurisdictional issues, and the validity or otherwise of an overseas marriage or divorce (including cases pertaining to Asia and Africa). She has appeared in a number of high-profile reported cases, most notably in Veluppillai v Veluppillai & Ors  EWHC 3095 (Fam) (High Court) and in LFL v LSL (McKenzie Friends & Breach of Court Orders)  EWFC B62 (see below). Over the years, Jennifer has also developed an interest in the Court of Protection, and in surrogacy and modern families, having acted for commissioning parents in HFEA cases. Jennifer appears at all levels of court, and also regularly appears in arbitrations, private FDRs and mediations. Jennifer continues to be ranked as a “Leading Junior- Family and Children Law” in The Legal 500, and as a specialist in family/matrimonial law in Chambers & Partners (UK Bar). She has been highly commended for her attention to detail and her robust approach, both in negotiations and during hearings.
Jennifer has a niche civil practice, with an emphasis on heavy-weight commercial litigation, and on property and landlord & tenant law. She has experience of cases involving foreign jurisdictions, and has an interest in ADR (in international arbitration in particular).
Jennifer is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb).
Jennifer is qualified to undertake direct access work.
In addition to maintaining a busy practice, Jennifer regularly speaks at seminars and writes articles/blogs for Chambers or external publications. Jennifer is secretary to Chambers’ Civil Team, a member of Chambers’ Marketing Committee, and part of the Pupillage & Tenancy Committee (portfolio for pupillages). She also leads the Court of Protection Team.
“She is the type of barrister solicitors dream of being able to instruct.” Legal 500, 2019
“Professional, sharp and has fantastic attention to detail.” Chambers & Partners, 2019
“Very thorough and a good advocate, whom clients really like.” Chambers & Partners, 2019
“A very talented junior – feisty with an eagle eye for detail.” Legal 500, 2018
“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.”
Jennifer Lee is a specialist family finance practitioner. She is regularly instructed in high-value, complex cases concerning family businesses and inherited wealth, significant 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  EWHC 3095 (Fam) (High Court) and in LFL v LSL (McKenzie Friends & Breach of Court Orders)  EWFC B62. Jennifer continues to be ranked as a “Leading Junior- Family and Children Law” in The Legal 500, and is recognised as a specialist in family/matrimonial law in Chambers & Partners (UK Bar). Jennifer regularly appears at all levels of court, and is regularly instructed in arbitrations, private FDRs and mediations. She is frequently invited to speak at family finance seminars and has also written articles on a wide range of topics in this area. She is highly commended for her attention to detail and her robust approach, both in negotiations and during hearings.
Successfully represented the wife in a highly acrimonious family finance case, where the husband had failed to provide full and frank disclosure, and had been highly abusive/threatening to the wife and her solicitors. The parties were both well-regarded professionals; the husband was the CEO of an international company and historically earned six figure sums.
successfully represented the respondent in contested divorce proceedings involving the validity or otherwise of an overseas marriage and divorce. Two experts, involving a silk, were instructed. The petition was successfully struck out, with costs awarded to the respondent.
Successfully represented the husband in an unusual case with assets of at least £1.5M, including an extensive home with 25 acres of land, and a family agricultural business. The husband also owned valuable eventing horses, one of which may be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. The marriage was short, but extremely volatile. The wife was abusive to the husband, causing him to suffer severe mental health difficulties. She also spent excessively and incurred significant debts post separation.
Successfully represented the wife in financial remedy proceedings involving an obstructive McKenzie Friend, where the main assets were situated abroad.
Successfully represented the husband in a case where the wife came from a fabulously wealthy family. Her father was the heir to a banking fortune and had been incredibly generous to her, gifting her property and significant sums of money. He had also funded luxurious holidays for the family. In assessing the husband’s award, the Court rejected the wife’s assertions that she had limited funds and that her family’s vast wealth should be ignored.
Successfully represented the wife in protracted and highly acrimonious financial remedy proceedings worth £1.4M, in which the husband’s abysmal conduct was strongly criticised by the High Court.
Successfully 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.
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 made against the other party.
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.
Jennifer is regularly instructed in complex children law matters involving child arrangement disputes, 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, and parental alienation. Over the years, Jennifer has also developed an increasing specialism in cases concerning domestic/international surrogacy and modern families, having acted for commissioning parents in Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act cases, and advising on legal issues surrounding LGBT families. Jennifer continues to be ranked as a “Leading Junior- Family and Children Law” in The Legal 500, and is recognised as a specialist in family/matrimonial law in Chambers & Partners (UK Bar). She was also nominated as “Junior Barrister of the Year” for the Family Law Awards 2016.
Represented a party in a complex, non-accidental head injury case, where a young child sustained a skull fracture.
Successfully represented commissioning parents in an international surrogacy case, in respect of their application for a parental order for their child, who had been conceived via IVF and carried by a surrogate who lived in Europe.
Provided advice to commissioning parents in respect of their proposed surrogacy arrangement with an IVF clinic and surrogate in India.
Represented the Father in contested care proceedings, successfully argued that the child should remain with his birth family.
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.
Represented Mother in family proceedings where child reluctant to have contact with Father, who was epileptic and had severe mental health issues.
Represented Mother in wardship proceedings involving children who had been removed from the jurisdiction.
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 illnesses, where important decisions had to be made in relation to medical treatment and financial arrangements for the protected person (“P”). She acted for the successful applicant in DB v DW  EWCOP 16, which involved competing applications for deputyship for property and affairs. Jennifer now leads the Court of Protection Team in Chambers.
Represented an applicant in a case involving competing applications for deputyship for property and affairs.
Successful represented the applicant in the Court of Protection, where orders were made for his appointment as deputy for personal welfare and property.
Jennifer continues to receive instructions in relation to commercial and property matters. She has regularly appeared before the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and Lands Tribunal, and has successfully represented clients in construction claims, and in right of way, service charge and boundary disputes. Her clients range from individuals and small/medium sized businesses, to companies on the FTSE 100 and multinationals.
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.
Provided advice to clients involved in an international sales share dispute worth approximately US$2M.
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.
Successfully represented a medium sized business trading in laboratory equipment in a breach of contract claim against a supplier.
Successfully represented a building contractor in a high value multi-track claim, with significant costs implications.
Successfully applied for summary judgment in a dispute about a right to purchase agreement, enabling the client to retain profits in excess of £30K.
Successfully applied for bankruptcy petition to be struck out.