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Jennifer Seaman’s practice includes all areas of chancery and commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on pensions, trusts and probate disputes, contractual and commercial disputes, civil fraud, professional negligence, company and partnership disputes, property and insolvency.
Jennifer regularly appears as a sole advocate in the High Court. She has had appeared, as junior counsel, in the Court of Appeal and in the Supreme Court. She was recently instructed on two high-profile Supreme Court cases: Futter v HMRC  UKSC 26 (trustee powers and mistaken dispositions) and Benedetti v Sawiris  UKSC 50 (restitution and quantum meruit awards).
Jennifer was appointed to the Attorney General’s B Panel in June 2016. She is recommended as a Leading Junior in the field of Pensions in Chambers & Partners and in The Legal 500.
Jennifer is the author of numerous articles on trusts and pension litigation including:
An article on Shannan & Others v Viavi Solutions UK Limited & Others  EWHC 1530 (Ch),  Pens LR 193, for Trusts & Trustees (2017) (link available here)
The ‘best interests’ principle and seeking the Court’s blessing: Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund Trustees Ltd v. Stena Line Ltd, Trusts & Trustees (2016)
Commonplace mistakes in drafting wills and trusts and what can be done to resolve them (Trusts & Trustees 2015 21 (4): 438-448)
An Exercise in Good Citizenship? on the Pitt v Holt and Futter v Futter decisions in TQR Oct 2013 (Co-author)
She is also the author of Tolley’s Pension Law chapter on Dispute Resolution and Pension Scheme Litigation.
Commercial & Chancery
Jennifer’s practice includes all areas of commercial and commercial chancery litigation, and she advises on and represents parties in cases relating to: contractual disputes; commercial fraud; professional negligence; shareholders’ rights; company insolvency and insurance.
Jennifer has a particular interest in cases involving issues of restitution / unjust enrichment. She was in the landmark Supreme Court case of Benedetti v Sawiris  UKSC 50, which concerned issues of restitution and the valuation of a quantum meruit award.
Nortel Networks UK (in administration) & Other European Nortel Companies (2014)
Jennifer assisted Herbert Smith Freehills acting for the EMEA Claimants in relation to evidential matters in the global insolvency and sale of the Nortel group and related proceedings in the English, US and Canadian courts.
Benedetti v Sawiris  UKSC 50
Jennifer was instructed, with Mark Howard QC and Andrew Twigger QC, to act as junior counsel for Mr Benedetti in his appeal to the Supreme Court, which concerned issues of restitution and the valuation of a quantum meruit award.
Trade Air Airline Support Ltd v Kingdom Holdings Company
In 2012, Jennifer acted on behalf of Kingdom Holding Company in a commercial dispute concerning the Kingdom’s private 747 aircraft. Instructed by Hogan Lovells LLP.
Arab Banking Corporation & ABC Islamic Bank v Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers (AHAB) (2011)
Jennifer was instructed as a junior with Andrew Twigger QC, to act on behalf of ABC and ABCIB banks to recover a sum in excess of US$100 million from AHAB, a partnership based in Saudi Arabia. The case was set to be one of the largest cases before the Commercial Court in 2011, but ended on the 4th day of trial after AHAB admitted contractual liability. Instructed by Herbert Smith LLP.
Appointments & Memberships
- Attorney General’s B Panel
- Association of Pension Lawyers
- Chancery Bar Association
- Junior Chancery Bar Committee
- STEP Affiliate Member
- Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
Areas of Law
- Commercial & Chancery
- Financial Services
- Law In Sport
- Pensions & Trusts
- Private Client
- Professional Negligence
“She is a well-balanced junior who forms a clear opinion and communicates it clearly.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018
“She an absolute pleasure to deal with, extremely intelligent, self-assured, quietly confident and firm in her views.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018
“Highly regarded by clients and opponents alike.” Pensions, Legal 500 2017
“She is absolutely fabulous. She has the ear of the judge when she speaks.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017
“She’s a good advocate; she has a very calm understated manner.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017
“A junior of real talent and ability.” Pensions, Legal 500 2016
“A highly sought-after junior in the pensions industry… Her practice is supported by her related expertise in trusts and probate law.” “She gives us quick turnarounds when necessary and she is good on her feet too.” Chambers & Partners 2016
“A junior rising in prominence who receives acclaim from peers.” Chambers & Partners 2015
“An able advocate in her own right.” Legal 500 2015