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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.
Pensions & Trusts
Pensions and Trusts
Jennifer is an established junior in the field of Pensions and Trusts and has been involved in a number of important cases in these fields.
Her recent cases in this area have included wide-ranging issues such as: professional negligence of actuaries and solicitors; construction disputes relating to pension schemes and trusts; the rectification of pension schemes and trusts; probate disputes; inheritance act claims; breach of trust and the nature and exercise of trustee powers. She has also acted for the Pensions Regulator.
Jennifer was in the landmark Supreme Court case of Futter v HMRC, the leading case on trustee powers and the equitable jurisdiction to provide relief for a mistake.
She has also recently acted in the highly publicised probate claim of Sharp v Hutchins  EWHC 1240 (Ch).
Jennifer is recommended as a Leading Junior in the field of Pensions in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500.
The Coats Pension Plan / Guinness Peat Group 
Jennifer was instructed by the Pensions Regulator in connection with investigations under the Pensions Act 2004 into matters connected with the Coats Pension Plan.
Re Butcher; Sharp v. Hutchins  EWHC 1240 (Ch)
Jennifer acted for the successful claimant, Mr Sharp, in upholding a Will challenged on the grounds of want of knowledge and approval.
Ballinger & Anor v Mercer Ltd & Anor  EWHC 372 (Ch) &  EWCA Civ 996
Jennifer acted as a junior on behalf of the defendant companies who provided actuarial services to the pension scheme in a claim brought by the trustees of the scheme. The case raised important questions around the limitation defence. Instructed by Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP.
GE v. KE  EWHC 1938 (Fam);  Fam. Law 1113
Jennifer successfully appeared on behalf of the administrators of the deceased’s estate and his widow in a dispute as to whether the widow was legally married to the deceased at the date of his death.
Futter v. HMRC  UKSC 26
Jennifer was instructed, with Robert Ham QC and Richard Wilson, to act as junior counsel for the Appellant trustees in their appeal to the Supreme Court, which concerned the existence and limits of the principle known as the rule in Re Hastings Bass. Instructed by Withers LLP.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd v Applegate  EWHC 3741 (Ch) &  EWHC 2536 (Ch)
Jennifer acted on behalf of the trustees of the Konica Minolta pension scheme in proceedings commenced by the employer for rectification of the scheme rules.
Entrust Pension Ltd v (1) Prospect Hospice Ltd and (2) Yvonne Hunter  EWHC 1666 (Ch) &  EWHC 3640 (Ch)
Jennifer acted as a junior on behalf of the Second Defendant, a representative member of the ‘Flexiplan’ pension scheme, in a two stage trial regarding the level of benefits due to scheme members. Instructed by Eversheds LLP.
McCall v ITN & Baker
In 2012, Jennifer acted with Sarah Asplin QC on behalf of ITN in a claim concerning the construction of the ITN pension scheme. Instructed by Addleshaw Goddard LLP and Burness LLP.
Hallett v. Hallett
In July 2012, Jennifer successfully appeared on behalf of the Claimant widow, who was awarded 50% of the deceased’s net estate under the 1975 Inheritance Act.
Re Hampel Discretionary Trust 1999  EWHC 2395 (Ch)
Jennifer successfully appeared on behalf of the applicants to rectify an inter vivos trust deed, which did not represent the applicants’ intentions.
Keith Maxwell Tamlin & Ors v. Holly Holbrook Samuel Edgar & Ors (Times, February 23, 2012)
Jennifer acted (as sole counsel) for the third defendant, a beneficiary under two related family trusts. The case concerned the claimant trustees’ application for the Court’s approval of advancements to wind-up the two trusts. Instructed by Trowers & Hamlins LLP.
Re Great Lakes (UK) Limited Pension Plan (2011); Chemtura Manufacturing UK Ltd
In 2011, Jennifer acted with Sarah Asplin QC on behalf of the Trustees of the Plan in response to a Warning Notice issued by the Pensions Regulator, in connection with an alleged shortfall. Instructed by Burges Salmon LLP.
Jennifer acted as junior counsel on behalf of a professional trustee, in relation to a substantial application for Beddoe relief. The proceedings were heard in private in the Chancery Division by Lindsay J in May and June 2010. Instructed by Boodle Hatfield LLP.
Court of Protection
Related to Jennifer’s expertise in pensions, trust and probate cases, Jennifer’s practice includes Court of Protection matters in relation to property and financial affairs. Her recent work in this area includes: deputyship applications; applications relating to Powers of Attorney, and directions regarding property and financial affairs.
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