Pump Court Chambers

Jennifer Lee

Call: 2007

Jennifer Lee
  • BVC, BPP Law School
  • LLM (International Human Rights Law), London School of Economics
  • LLB (Hons), University College London
  • Cholmeley Studentship (2008)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn (2006)
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Resolution (Associate)
  • CIArb (Associate)
  • International Bar Association
  • LAWASIA
  • Denning Society, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Member of the Young Leader’s Group, Asia House
  • Citizens’ Advice Legal Adviser (Debt/Money & Family Law)
  • Accredited Pupil Supervisor

Instructing Jennifer Lee

Would you like to know more?

If you require help or advice please contact our clerking team.

Call +44 (0)20 7353 0711 or email clerks@pumpcourtchambers.com.

Tony Atkins

Clerk: Tony Atkins
Telephone: 0208 167 4236
Email: Click here

Jennifer Lee is a specialist family law practitioner. She has a thriving practice in the area of family finance, and has successfully represented high net worth clients in cases involving family businesses, inherited wealth, substantial pensions, nuptial agreements, and trusts. Many of her cases also involve foreign assets and cross-jurisdictional issues, such as the validity or otherwise of an overseas marriage or divorce, or competing claims in multiple jurisdictions (including cases pertaining to Asia and Africa).

Jennifer has appeared in a number of high-profile reported cases, most notably in Veluppillai v Veluppillai & Ors [2015] EWHC 3095 (Fam) (High Court), in LFL v LSL (McKenzie Friends & Breach of Court Orders) [2017] EWFC B62, and more recently, in N v N (Afghanistan: Validity of an overseas marriage: Procedure)[2020] EWFC B55.

Over the years, Jennifer has also developed an interest in the Court of Protection, particularly where there are overlaps with divorce/financial claims, and in complex children law including surrogacy and modern families, having acted in Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act cases. She leads the Court of Protection Team with Leslie Samuels QC.

Jennifer continues to be ranked as a Leading Junior (Tier 1)- Family and Children Law” in The Legal 500, and as a specialist in “family/matrimonial law” in Chambers & Partners (UK Bar). She appears at all levels of court, and also regularly appears in arbitrations, private FDRs and mediations. She sits as a private FDR “judge” in Chambers. Jennifer has been highly commended for her attention to detail and her robust approach, both in negotiations and during hearings.

Jennifer is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb), the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA), LAWASIA, and Resolution. She sits on Resolution’s ED&I Committee. Jennifer is also an active member of Chambers, and sits on the Family Team Action Committee, the Marketing Committee, and the Pupillage & Tenancy Committee (with a portfolio for pupillages). She regularly presents seminars and contributes to various publications on topical family law matters.

Directory Testimonials

Jennifer is superb! She works harder than anyone I know. Her preparation is always thorough and articulated superbly. She is able to put clients at ease as well as deliver frank advice. Jennifer will fight to the bitter end for her clients!” – The Legal 500, Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy (Ranked: Tier 1) (2020/21).

“She is always very well prepared. She is a very good negotiator and has a very good manner.” “Her attention to detail is second to none. She is also a very persistent advocate and pursues points until she gets her way” -Chambers & Partners UK Bar, Family/Matrimonial (2020/21)

Remains calm and collected in the most pressurised of situations and thinks very quickly on her feet.” – The Legal 500, Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy (Ranked: Tier 1) (2019/20).

Her attention to detail is second to none. In a particularly complex case, she was able to grasp both the key details and the minutiae with ease and her intricate knowledge of the matter really impressed the client.” -Chambers & Partners UK Bar, Family/Matrimonial (2019/20)

She has an incredibly sharp and fast brain, and secured a fantastic outcome that I don’t think would have been achieved without her on the team.” – Chambers & Partners UK Bar, Family/Matrimonial (2019/20)

She is the type of barrister solicitors dream of being able to instruct.” The Legal 500, Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy (2018/19)

Professional, sharp and has fantastic attention to detail.” Chambers & Partners UK Bar, Family/Matrimonial (2018/19)

Very thorough and a good advocate, whom clients really like.” Chambers & Partners UK Bar, Family/Matrimonial (2018/19)

A very talented junior – feisty with an eagle eye for detail.” The Legal 500, Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy (2017/18)

Client Testimonials

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….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.”

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.

Impressive on her feet, she was very assertive and packed a punch at the hearing.”

Legal Services

Jennifer Lee is a specialist family finance practitioner. She is regularly instructed in high-value, complex cases concerning family businesses, inherited wealth, significant pensions, nuptial agreements, and trusts. Many of her cases involve foreign assets and cross-jurisdictional issues, such as the validity or otherwise of an overseas marriage/divorce, and competing claims in multiple jurisdictions (including cases pertaining to Asia and Africa).

Jennifer has appeared in a number of high-profile reported cases, most notably in Veluppillai v Veluppillai & Ors [2015] EWHC 3095 (Fam) (High Court), LFL v LSL (McKenzie Friends & Breach of Court Orders) [2017] EWFC B62, and more recently, in N v N (Afghanistan: Validity of an overseas marriage: Procedure)[2020] EWFC B55.

Jennifer continues to be ranked as a Leading Junior (Tier 1)- Family and Children Law” in The Legal 500, and is recognised as a specialist in family/matrimonial law in Chambers & Partners (UK Bar). She appears at all levels of court, and is regularly instructed in arbitrations, private FDRs and mediations. She sits as a private FDR “Judge” in Chambers.

Jennifer is frequently invited to speak at seminars, and to contribute articles, on family law topics. She is highly commended for her attention to detail and her robust approach, both in negotiations and during hearings.

Selected Cases

N v N (Afghanistan: Validity of an overseas marriage: Procedure)[2020] EWFC B55

Successfully represented the petitioner in an important Judgment on the validity of an overseas marriage, and compliance with the significant procedural rules which apply if one wishes to defend a divorce. The parties disagreed over whether a marriage ceremony (held by proxy) had taken place, and whether it should be recognised as a valid marriage in this jurisdiction. The respondent had failed to comply with the significant family procedure rules in seeking to defend the divorce, and had breached court orders. The Court granted the petitioner’s application for decree nisi and awarded her costs.

O v S (2019/2020)

Successfully represented the wife in a £6.5M case involving inherited wealth and complex asset structures. The husband, highly obstructive, owned numerous companies which held luxury cars, boats and aircraft. There were issues concerning the true extent of the husband’s income, his manipulation of the companies’ assets, and his gross breach of court orders. In a damning Judgment, the Court found that the husband had failed to disclose extensive income/assets, awarding generous provision to the wife.

B v B (2019)

Successfully represented the respondent in a c£2M case involving a separation agreement, which was deemed to have been unfair due to material non-disclosure. Shortly before the consent order was lodged, the respondent discovered that the applicant had “omitted” to disclose his extensive business and property portfolio, pensions, and income from additional sources. The Court refused to uphold the agreement, which had been tainted by this serious non-disclosure.

O v O (2018)

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.

O v M (2018)

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.

I v I (2017/18)

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.

LFL v LSL (McKenzie Friends & Breach of Court Orders) [2017] EWFC B62

Reported Judgment – successfully represented the wife in financial remedy proceedings involving an obstructive McKenzie Friend, where the main assets were situated abroad.

H v H (2017)

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.

Veluppillai v Veluppillai & Ors [2015] EWHC 3095 (Fam)

Reported Judgment – 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.

B v B - IFLA Arbitration (2014)

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.

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 made against the other party.

Jennifer is instructed to undertake complex children law matters, particularly in relation to high-conflict disputes, and internal and international relocation cases. She has experience of representing parties in proceedings involving serious physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, and parental alienation. Over the years, Jennifer has also developed a niche practice in respect of domestic/international surrogacy and modern families, having acted in Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act cases and advising on legal issues surrounding LGBT families. Jennifer continues to be ranked as a Leading Junior (Tier 1) – 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 Jordans’ Family Law Awards 2016.

Selected Cases

RBW & M v T & T [2015] EWFC B191

Represented a party in a complex, non-accidental head injury case, where a young child sustained a skull fracture.

H & H v A (2014)

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.

B&W v A (2013)

Provided advice to commissioning parents in respect of their proposed surrogacy arrangement with an IVF clinic and surrogate in India.

BCC v S & R (2012)

Represented the Father in contested care proceedings, successfully argued that the child should remain with his birth family.

B v R & B (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.

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 (2011)

Represented Mother in wardship proceedings involving children who had been removed from the jurisdiction.

Jennifer has an interest in Court of Protection matters, particularly where they overlap with related divorce or financial remedies claims. She has appeared in numerous Court of Protection cases involving applications for orders concerning property and affairs, including those where divorce proceedings are afoot. She is also frequently instructed to advise/represent clients in cases where one spouse/partner has lost capacity in related family proceedings. Jennifer has also acted in difficult cases concerning personal welfare and deprivation of liberty, and in urgent cases involving medical treatment.

Jennifer 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 with Leslie Samuels QC.

Selected Cases

DB v DW [2015] EWCOP 16

Represented the successful applicant in a case involving two competing applications for deputyship for property and affairs. The case also considered the rules regarding case reporting and the anonymity.

Re H (2014)

Represented the successful applicant in the Court of Protection, where orders were made for his appointment as deputy for personal welfare and property in highly emotive circumstances where P was suffering very serious ill health and required urgent medical treatment.

Jennifer retains a niche practice in property and commercial matters, as an adjunct to her main family finance practice. She gained considerable experience of property and commercial law in her early years of practice at the Bar, successfully representing clients (individuals, to businesses and multinationals) in multi-million pound contractual and building/construction disputes. She was also heavily involved in a number of large commercial arbitrations. This has served to bolster her knowledge and expertise in the area of financial remedies, particularly where a firm grasp of property/commercial law is required.

Selected Cases

O'Brien v Cockle (2014)

Successfully obtained a Judgment for a six-figure sum, plus considerably costs, in the Commercial Court (High Court) in respect of a breach of contract claim involving the purchase of shares in a foreign jurisdiction.

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.

Jennifer is a specialist family finance practitioner. She is regularly instructed in high-value, complex cases concerning family businesses, inherited wealth, significant pensions, nuptial agreements, and trusts. She has particular experience of cases involving foreign assets and cross-jurisdictional issues, such as the validity or otherwise of an overseas marriage/divorce, and competing claims in multiple jurisdictions.

Jennifer has appeared in a number of high-profile reported cases, most notably in Veluppillai v Veluppillai & Ors [2015] EWHC 3095 (Fam) (High Court), LFL v LSL (McKenzie Friends & Breach of Court Orders) [2017] EWFC B62, and more recently, in N v N (Afghanistan: Validity of an overseas marriage: Procedure)[2020] EWFC B55.

Jennifer continues to be ranked as a Leading Junior (Tier 1)- Family and Children Law” in The Legal 500, and is recognised as a specialist in family/matrimonial law in Chambers & Partners (UK Bar). She has been highly commended for “her meticulous attention to detail” and her “sharp and fast brain“, and is frequently invited to speak at seminars and to contribute articles on family law.

Jennifer has represented clients in arbitration, mediation and private FDRs for a number of years. She  now also sits as a private FDR “Judge”, and is able to draw upon her in-depth knowledge of family finance and the particular requirements of ADR to assist clients in reaching a fair resolution. She is principled and measured, detailed and meticulous, and able to take a robust approach where required.

  • Modern Parenting – Legal Implications of Donor Insemination”, (First Published in ThoughtLeaders4 HNW Divorce Magazine – Issue 3, August 2020 with Sarah Williams, Head of Surrogacy, Adoption, Fertility & Modern Family at Payne Hicks Beach
  • “LFL v LSL: Guidance & Practical Tips on how to work with McKenzie Friends”, The Review (Resolution), February 2018
  • “The Supreme Court Case of Marley v Rawlings: A Mix-Up in Wills”, LawSkills, Feb. 2014
  • “Gifts Made in Contemplation of Death: Donatio Mortis Causa & Vallee v Birchwood [2013] EWHC 1449 (Ch)”, LawSkills, 14th June 2013
  • “Parenthood & Donor Insemination: Contact Rights in Light of Re G (A Child) [2013]
  • “The Recoverabiliy of Counsel’s Fees for Infant Approval Hearings”, PI Brief Update Law Journal (March 2011).
  • “Withdrawal of Pre-Action Admissions: Woodland v Stopford & Ors [2011] EWCA Civ 266”, PI Brief Update Law Journal (July 2011).
  • “Much Obliged: The Level of Obligation Owed by Employers to Former Employees”, New Law Journal, September 2011 (Vol. 161, Issue 7480).
  • Co-editor, along with Stephen Jones, of the Pump Court Chambers Property Law Newsletter.
  • “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.
  • ‘Human Dignity & Inviolability: The Absolute Prohibition of Torture’, [2005] 12 U.C.L. Jurisprudence Review, 80.
  • ‘The UCL Jurisprudence Review Launch’, The Weekly Law Review Newsletter (Summer 2007), 2.
  • ‘Employment Law in a Nutshell: Wrongful Dismissals’, The Weekly Law Review Newsletter (Summer 2008), 20.
  • UCL Jurisprudence Review, 13th Volume (co-editor) (UCL Press, 2007).
  • BVC, BPP Law School
  • LLM (International Human Rights Law), London School of Economics
  • LLB (Hons), University College London
  • Cholmeley Studentship (2008)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn (2006)
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Resolution (Associate)
  • CIArb (Associate)
  • International Bar Association
  • LAWASIA
  • Denning Society, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Member of the Young Leader’s Group, Asia House
  • Citizens’ Advice Legal Adviser (Debt/Money & Family Law)
  • Accredited Pupil Supervisor

Instructing Jennifer Lee

Would you like to know more?

If you require help or advice please contact our clerking team.

Call +44 (0)20 7353 0711 or email clerks@pumpcourtchambers.com.

Tony Atkins

Clerk: Tony Atkins
Telephone: 0208 167 4236
Email: Click here

Home

Shortlist Builder

Close

Select the legal services that you would like to download or add to the shortlist

Download Add to shortlist
Shortlist close
Title Type CV Email

Remove All

Download


Click here to email this list.