Christopher Jones

Year of Call: 2004

Inn: Grays Inn

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A quick thinker who is both very good on his feet and with clients.”

Legal 500,  2021
Chancery, Probate & Tax

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