Jian Jun (JJ) Liew

Call: 2019



+44 (0) 20 7419 8000

Practice Overview

Prior to pupillage, JJ served for a period in the military as a heavy weapons instructor, before undertaking a degree in law from the University of Oxford and an LLM in Commercial Law from the University of Cambridge.

JJ was an Associate Editor for the Oxford University Undergraduate Law Journal and has had an article published in the journal, “In Defence of Ingram v Little: Understanding Collateral Offer and Acceptance”. While studying for 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.

During pupillage, JJ has experienced a wide range of commercial chancery practice, including private client, insolvency, company, and commercial work.

  • Commercial Litigation

    In the course of pupillage, JJ has been instructed in his own right to provide advice and to settle pleadings for a variety of commercial disputes.

    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.
    • Resisting an application for committal for contempt of court.
    • A negligent misstatement claim against a housing association.
  • 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’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.
    • A conference advising on the variation of an old family trust under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958.


  • 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)


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


    • The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn


    • Mandarin Chinese (Conversationally Fluent)

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