Chris is very confident in court and in advocacy situations generally. He is assertive and helpful in mediations and has a very down-to-earth manner with clients.”

The Legal 500 2024, Chancery, Probate and Tax

Christopher acts for businesses in cases concerning all aspects of commercial and contract disputes, including sale of goods and services, restraint of trade, insolvency, partnership disputes and applications for interim relief. Recent examples of Christopher’s work include:

  • A claim for partner of a family farming partnership, seeking dissolution accounts and consequential orders.
  • Advising in connection with a failed joint venture agreement.
  • 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.
  • Bray (t/a the Building Company) v Bishop & Anor [2009] EWCA Civ 768 – Court of Appeal case dealing with the approach a court should adopt with regard to costs when the parties havecompromised all other matters save for costs
  • 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.
  • Countrywide Farms PLC v Goldstone Eggs (2013) – Christopher successfully represented a national feed supplier in defence to a claim for the supply of defective poultry feed.
  • Grimes v Trustees of the Essex Farmers & Union Hunt [2017] EWCA Civ 361 – appeal to the Court of Appeal regarding the correct approach to construing a clause within a lease

Christopher also 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.

Christopher is a qualified mediator and can be instructed to mediate commercial disputes.

Directory Quotes

Chris is excellent. He is very pragmatic and solution-orientated. He is very clever, good in the courtroom, has brilliant cross-examination skills and is so good with clients.’ ‘He is very down to earth with clients, and has a good sense of humour and puts clients at ease.’ “

Chambers UK 2024, Chancery

A junior who is very good on his feet in court, and has an excellent manner with clients.”

The Legal 500 2023, Commercial Litigation

Chris is great on his feet – a real show stopper.’ ‘He is amazing at consolidating down information and presenting it in a fashion which puts across the client’s strongest possible case.’ ‘Christopher can explain a tricky concept or issue in an understandable and relevant way. That is a valuable skill.”

Chambers UK 2023, Chancery

Christopher never shies away from the difficult issues, and provides forthright and pragmatic advice.”

Legal 500 2022, Commercial Litigation

An extremely accomplished advocate who is robust and straight-talking with his advice.”

  • Qualifications & awards:

    • University of Bristol, LLB (Hons)
    • University of the West of England, Bar Vocational Course
    • Beddingfield Scholar at Gray’s Inn
  • Professional memberships:

    • Chancery Bar Association
    • The Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP)
    • Association of Contentious Trust And Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
    • Agricultural Law Association
    • Property Bar Association
  • Christopher Jones is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please read here.