Practice Overview

JJ’s commercial chancery practice spans the full breadth of Chambers’ practice area. He is well versed in cutting through dense facts and engaging with complex principles of law.

JJ keeps up to date and regularly comments on recent significant decisions in his practice areas. This includes publications in legal journals, such as:

  • “In Defence of Ingram v Little: Understanding Collateral Offer and Acceptance” (2017) 6(1) OUULJ 34.
  • “Parker v Financial Conduct Authority – A Missed Opportunity?” (2021) 35.3 TLI 185.

JJ has a firm grasp of financial services regulatory work, and is currently seconded to the Investments team of the Financial Conduct Authority’s General Counsel’s Division. He welcomes instructions on financial services work.

JJ has first-class degrees in Law from the University of Oxford and in an LLM in Commercial Law from the University of Cambridge. While studying his LLM, JJ was a part of the Cambridge team in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which came in 2nd place out of 366 universities worldwide. Before coming to the Bar, JJ served in the military as a heavy weapons sergeant.

  • Commercial Litigation

    JJ has been instructed in his own right to provide advice and to settle pleadings for a variety of commercial disputes and small claims.

    JJ is currently seconded to the Investments team of the Financial Conduct Authority’s General Counsel’s Division.

    JJ’s experiences in pupillage have also included assisting with the following:

    • A professional negligence and restitutionary claim against a firm of solicitors for failing to properly arrange a re-mortgage transaction.
    •  An appeal in relation to a breach of the A1P1 right to peaceful enjoyment of possessions arising from an abortive government proposal.
    • An appeal in relation to the enforceability of damages based agreements for legal services.
    • An application for a passport order.
  • Insolvency

    JJ has appeared in both the County Court and the High Court for various insolvency applications, including bankruptcy petitions, winding up petitions, annulment of bankruptcy orders, and applications to set aside statutory demands.

    JJ’s experiences in pupillage have also included assisting with the following:

    • Opposing an application to vary a proof of debt in the administration of a company.
    • Opposing a winding up petition for reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Company & Partnership

    JJ’s experiences in pupillage have included assisting with the following:

    • An application to restore a company to the Companies Register.
    • An advice on whether companies are “connected” or associated with other companies.
    • A conference concerning conflicting proxy votes in an AGM by attorneys of the same shareholder.
  • Trusts, Wills & Estates

    JJ has provided advice on probate disputes, including the rectification of wills and applications under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958.

    JJ’s experiences in pupillage have included assisting with the following:

    • Opposing a probate claim on the grounds of lack of testamentary capacity and want of knowledge and approval.
    • An opinion on whether a beneficiary under a will survived long enough to take under its provisions.
    • A claim to enforce Norwegian deferred probate obligations when the deceased was domiciled in England.
    • An application for a blessing to distribute where there were potential unknown claims against the estate.

     

  • Additional Information

    Qualifications / Education

    • Bar Professional Training Course, BPP University (Very Competent)
    • LLM (Commercial), Wolfson College, University of Cambridge (First Class) (Thesis Title: "A House of Mirrors: a way forward for choices between causes of action?")
    • BA in Law (Jurisprudence), Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford (First Class)

    Awards

    • BBP BPTC Excellence Award (BPP University)
    • Wolfson College Jennings Prize (University of Cambridge)
    • Corpus Christi College Degree Award (University of Oxford)

    Memberships

    • The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn

    Languages

    • Mandarin Chinese (Conversationally Fluent)

    Public Access

    Yes


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