Call 2004 (Gray’s Inn, Beddingfield Scholar)
Qualifications University of Bristol, LLB (Hons); University of the West of England, Bar Vocational Course
Professional Memberships Chancery Bar Association, STEP (student member), Association of Contentious Trust And Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), Association of Pension Lawyers and Financial Services Lawyers Association
Areas of Practice
Wills, Trusts and Probate
Christopher regularly advises in cases involving the division of assets between cohabitees, disputed wills and the administration of estates. In addition his practice includes disputes involving:
- Co-ownership and trusts of land
- Claims under Trusts of Land & Appointment of Trustees Act 1996
- Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
- Validity of wills
- Construction of wills
- Contentious probate
- Administration of estates and trusts
- IHT and CGT
- Post-death variations, disclaimers and appointments out of trusts
- Applications under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958
- Rectification and trustee mistake claims
- Pensions: alteration of benefits, trustees and employers’ duties, complaints to the Pensions Ombudsman and claims against professionals in relation to pension advice
- Court of Protection
- “This well-respected junior maintains a diverse chancery practice. He is regularly called upon for his expertise across contentious trust and probate matters, property litigation, and landlord and tenant disputes. He boasts an increasing profile for professional negligence cases. ‘He has a can-do attitude and is very sharp analytically, but not in a pompous or negative way. ‘He knows what he’s doing and he does it.’ ” Chambers UK, Chancery (2014)
- “Traditional chancery practitioner Christopher specialises in wills, trusts, probate and property litigation. He recently acted in Michael Gerrard v Venicrest, where he represented a claimant seeking rent arrears. Clients say Jones is ‘practical, down-to-earth and realistic.’ ” Chambers UK, Chancery (2013)
- ” ‘Impressive’ property, probate, wills and estates specialist Christopher Jones gives ‘very good advice on tangled family trusts issues.’ He is a rising junior who ‘stands his ground nicely.’ ” Chambers UK, Chancery (2012)
Property and Real Estate
Christopher has a broad expertise in a variety of property related areas including:
- Easements: rights of way, rights to light and water rights
- Disputed ownership of land, adverse possession and boundary disputes
- Mobile homes
- Restrictive covenants
- Sale of land: disputed title, misrepresentation, conditional contracts, overage
- Torts relating to land
Recent cases have included disputed ownership of areas of woodland and fields, misrepresentation in the sale of property, numerous appearances before the Adjudicator to Land Registry, appeals to the High Court from the Adjudicator to Land Registry, and the interference of an easement by free roaming Rottweilers.
Landlord & Tenant
- Business & Residential tenancies
- Agricultural tenancies
- Housing, including possession proceedings and disrepair claims
- Lease construction
- 1954 Act renewals
- Rent reviews
- Dilapidations claims
- Breaches of covenant, particularly covenants against assignment
- Service charge disputes: Christopher advises on and appears in matters before the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.
- Leasehold enfranchisement
- “Christopher is extremely diligent and helpful. He is a regular recommendation for clients looking for commercial, practical advice on property dispute matters.” Chambers UK, Real Estate Litigation (2014)
- “Christopher has huge potential.” Legal 500, Commercial, Insolvency and Property (2013)
- “Christopher specialises in chancery matters.” Legal 500, Commercial, Insolvency and Property (2012)
Christopher regularly acts for and advises partners in cases which include disputes over dissolution, accounts and breach of duty. Christopher has a particular expertise in acting for partners of farming partnerships, legal and accountancy firms. Recently Christopher has advised and represented a receiver and manager appointed to deal with the complex property holding and letting arrangements of a partnership where the partners gave vying accounts.
Court of Protection
Christopher regularly advises on and appears in cases involving the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the property and affairs jurisdiction of the Court of Protection. He has a particular expertise in statutory will and statutory gift applications, and contested deputyship appointments. In 2012 he appeared in Re JC; D v JC  WTLR 1211.
Commercial Dispute Resolution
Christopher acts for businesses in cases concerning all aspects of commercial and contract disputes, including sale of goods and services, restraint of trade, insolvency and applications for interim relief. Recent examples of Christopher’s work include:
- Acting for a company and its directors resisting a freezing order.
- Acting for a company served with a search order.
- A successful claim by the receiver of a partnership seeking substantial rent arrears under a commercial lease and defending a counterclaim alleging breach of a director’s fiduciary duties in respect of the historic rent reviews and seeking compensation for tenant’s improvements.
- A successful claim by a rapeseed oil cooperative for unpaid invoices and in the process defeating a counterclaim alleging that the winter rapeseed failed through inherent defect rendering it not fit for purpose as a winter hardy variety.
- Hinch v Castlehouse Care Home (2013) – acted for the vendors of a care home business where it was alleged that there had been misrepresentations and/or breaches of warranty in the sale of the shares, who sued for unpaid retention monies.
- “Christopher has huge potential.” Legal 500, commercial, insolvency and property (2013)
Christopher regularly advises in cases involving copyright, trade marks, passing-off and design rights.
Christopher advises in all those areas of professional negligence ancillary to his above areas of expertise, in particular:
- Solicitors: conveyancing, wills and tax planning
- Surveyors and accountants
Construction and Engineering
Christopher has experience in a variety of construction and engineering matters. He acts for both builders and property owners in disputes concerning either failure to pay or alleged defective work. Examples of his experience include:
- Commercial property and residential developments
- Defective works and other contractual disputes
- Surveyors negligence
- Defective design
- Defective construction
- Mundic Block and pre-fabricated concrete construction in residential buildings
Christopher acts for insolvency practitioners, creditors and insolvent companies/debtors in insolvency matters.
“Christopher has huge potential.” Legal 500, commercial, insolvency and property (2013)
Christopher is a Chancery and Commercial specialist with particular emphasis on trust litigation and advice, contentious and non-contentious probate applications, real property litigation (particularly in relation to easements, restrictive covenants and contracts for the sale of land) and commercial and agricultural landlord and tenant disputes. He also regularly advises on professional negligence claims, particularly in relation to claim against solicitors, accountants and tax consultants in relation to negligent conveyancing and tax advice.