Jeff Hardman has a very busy modern chancery practice specialising in all areas of property, private client matters, insolvency (both corporate and personal), and commercial work. He is recommended as a leading junior in his field within Legal 500 where he is described as “A sharp and tenacious junior with real nous” (Legal 500, 2020) and "intelligent and persuasive” (Legal 500, 2021).
Jeff is fast developing a reputation for being a very hard working and accessible barrister. His recent reported cases include Tibbs -v- Tibbs  EWHC 2769 (account/inquiry); Tibbs -v- Tibbs  EWHC 2315 (Ch) (freezing injunction); Regency (UK) Ltd v Albu-Swalin  11 WLUK 278 (unlawful eviction); Charles v Tower Hamlets  UKUT 0140 (LC) (strike out); A.B v Newham  UKUT 0299 (LC) (rent repayment order). In Boulton v Queen Margaret's School, York Ltd  10 WLUK 490, Jeff appeared unled in the High Court, with his arguments described by Mr Justice Arnold as “ingenious”.
Prior to the Bar, Jeff worked for a law firm in the Caribbean before joining a start-up in London developing a music streaming ‘app’ funded by Gazprom Media.
Jeff has a broad property practice which includes all aspects of landlord & tenant law, real property, and trust work. He is active in the law relating to neighbours and is regularly instructed in disputes involving boundaries, adverse possession, nuisance, easements, and party walls. Jeff has extensive leasehold experience, including complicated forfeiture claims, service charges, dilapidations, lease extensions, break clauses, rent reviews, applications for the appointment of a manager and Right to Manage. Jeff also appears in ancillary relief proceedings on behalf of interveners, handles equitable claims, including co-ownership disputes and applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
His recent cases over the last 18 months include:
- B -v- B (2021) FTT (Land Registration): Co-habitation dispute. Obtained a favourable result for the legal owner (settled at mediation).
- F -v- BW (2021) FTT (Property Chamber): Service charge dispute involving over 200 items in dispute worth over £700,000 (ongoing and listed for 5 days later in 2021).
- R v W (2021) CLCC: Unlawful forfeiture case (ongoing and listed for 5 days in 2021).
- SC -v- S (2021) CLCC (HHJ Raeside QC): Unlawful forfeiture case (part heard and listed for 3 days).
- ADM -v- JC (2020) CLCC (HHJ Parfitt): Wrongful termination of a commercial lease (2 days).
- D -v- HI (2020) CLCC (HHJ Saunders): Possession of a hotel in London (2 days).
- AM -v- AT (2020) CLCC (HHJ Backhouse): Contested 1954 Act renewal (2 days).
- S v K (2020) CLCC (HHJ Raeside QC): Summary Judgment application on claim to enforce solicitors’ undertaking (1 day).
Trusts, Wills & Estates
Jeff has extensive expertise across a broad range of private client matters including contentious probate and inheritance disputes.
His recent experience over the last 12 months include:
- Advising and representing the personal representatives on testamentary challenges (including lack of capacity, want of knowledge and approval, and undue influence).
- Advising on obtaining injunctive relief under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 where a dissatisfied beneficiary threatened Personal Representatives.
- Advising and representing personal representatives, beneficiaries and applicants in Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependents) Act 1975 claims. Jeff has advised and represented spouses, former spouses, cohabitants, dependents, and children of the Deceased in their claims.
- Successfully applying by way of originating summons to remove final caveats.
- Advising on, drafting and successfully recovering possession of the Deceased’s property. Including advising the personal representatives of a large farming estate where the occupiers asserted that they had a right to occupy the farm by virtue of the doctrine of proprietary estoppel.
- Advising on potential claims for an account of lifetime transfers allegedly procured through undue influence.
Jeff has particular experience in advising and acting for companies and individuals in commercial disputes, particularly concerning misappropriation of property, money, and assets.
His recent experience over the last 12 months include:
- Advising a businesswoman on the misappropriation of business profits over £3,000,000 against her former business partner.
- Advising a London based tech start-up (raised over £50m by way of investment to date) to negotiate the exit of a licence agreement to avoid a penalty in excess of £600,000.
- Advised the former directors and shareholders of a hotel following their unlawful removal from Companies House as directors. Successfully obtained rectification of the register. Presently under appeal.
- Advised a brother in a loan dispute against his younger brother with over £600,000 in dispute. Obtained a favourable decision in the High Court following a 5 day trial.
- Successfully set aside a freezing injunction against an individual obtained by his family. The order was set aside as an abuse of process, with indemnity costs awarded against the family.
Company & Partnership
Jeff has both contentious and non-contentious experience in matters straddling the areas of modern chancery and company law involving companies, directors and shareholders. He acts and advises on a range of partnership, LLP and company matters relating to unfair prejudice petitions, dissolution of partnerships, partnership accounts and derivative actions. Jeff is particularly strong where company and partnership disputes involve property. Jeff makes regular appearances on bankruptcy and winding-up petitions, applications to set aside statutory demands and is familiar with administration orders, extension and removal orders.
Jeff regularly provides advice on a range of personal and corporate insolvency cases. In the last 12 months, he has acted for companies, creditors, individuals facing insolvency and insolvency practitioners in a variety of disputes.
His recent and current cases include:
- Advising an insolvency practitioner on the merits of pursuing a claim for £600,000 unpaid vat against a corporate customer.
- Successfully defending directors against a claim for breach of duty /misfeasance where it had been alleged that dividends of £120,000 had been paid whilst the company was balance sheet insolvent.
- Appearing before the Chancellor of the High Court to restrain a petition to wind up a company.
- Appearing before Chief Registrar Briggs to resist a debtor company’s allegation that a petition debt was disputed on substantial grounds.
- Advising a bankrupt and his wife on the merits of an application to set aside a variety of transactions worth more than £800,000.00 alleged to have been made at an undervalue.
Qualifications / Education
- 2007 - BA (Hons) Durham
- 2010 - GDL (College of Law)
- 2011 - BPTC (College of Law)
- Chancery Bar Association
- Property Bar Association
- Public Access Bar Association
- Institute of Residential Property Managers