Christopher Jones

Year of Call: 2004

Inn: Grays Inn

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Trust litigation and advice specialist. ‘He is very measured – he doesn’t go over the top but presents his case very well and makes decent submissions.’ ‘He has got an excellent way of dealing with clients and is also very good on his feet.’ “

Chambers UK ,  2020

Christopher is a wills & trusts barrister, regularly advising in cases involving the division of assets between cohabitees, disputed wills and the administration of trusts and estates. In addition his practice includes disputes involving:

  • Advising on trustees’ powers and duties
  • Construction and rectification of trusts
  • Administration of estates and trusts
  • Applications to court for directions
  • Applications to remove executors and trustees
  • Post-death variations, disclaimers and appointments out of trusts
  • Applications under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958
  • Rectification and trustee mistake claims
  • Beddoe Applications
  • Advising on trusts of personal injuries damages
  • Trusts issues in matrimonial proceedings
  • Trusts in the commercial context
  • 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 and rectification of wills
  • Construction and rectification of deeds of variation
  • Contentious probate
  • IHT and CGT
  • Court of Protection
  • Charities
  • Reverter of Sites Act 1987
  • Proprietary estoppel
  • Equitable claims
  • Professional negligence in all matters related to trusts and estates

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

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

Qualifications & awards:

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

Additional information:

Christopher has delivered the following seminars:

  • Agricultural Law
  • Break clauses in commercial leases
  • Removing trustees and PRs
  • Statutory will applications in light of Re JC; D v JC [2012] WTLR 1211
  • Donatio mortis causa
  • Good faith in property contracts
  • Overage: a practical guide
  • Statutory Wills
  • Removing personal representatives
  • Kernott v Jones
  • Lack of knowledge and approval post RSPCA v Gill
  • Testamentary capacity
  • Property co-ownership: life, death and insolvency
  • Contentious issues arising in the administration of estates: beddoe applications
  • Land adjudication proceedings
  • Contentious issues arising in the administration of estates
  • Enforcing guarantees in commercial leases
  • Insolvency and commercial tenants
  • Contentious trusts and probate
  • Claims under the inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975