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Jennifer Seaman

Jennifer Seaman

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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 [2013] UKSC 26 (trustee powers and mistaken dispositions) and Benedetti v Sawiris [2013] 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.

Publications

Jennifer is the author of numerous articles on trusts and pension litigation including:

An article on Shannan & Others v Viavi Solutions UK Limited & Others [2016] EWHC 1530 (Ch), [2016] 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.

Professional Negligence

Drawing on Jennifer’s expertise in pensions, trust and probate claims and commercial litigation, Jennifer’s practice includes professional negligence litigation in these related fields. In particular, professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, auditors, actuaries and financial practitioners.

Jennifer has experience in acting for both for the claimant bringing professional negligence proceedings, and on behalf of the defendant resisting such proceedings.

Cases

Jennifer is currently involved in a number of on-going cases relating to professional negligence claims brought against solicitors in the context of drafting wills and trusts.

Ballinger & Anor v Mercer Ltd & Anor [2014] EWHC 372 (Ch) & [2014] EWCA Civ 996

Jennifer was instructed as a junior to act on behalf of the Defendants who provided actuarial services to the pension scheme in a claim brought by the trustees. In the Court of Appeal, the Defendants successfully argued that Claimants should not have permission to amend their claim when there was, prima facie, a limitation defence.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Attorney General’s B Panel
  • Association of Pension Lawyers
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • COMBAR
  • Junior Chancery Bar Committee
  • STEP Affiliate Member
  • Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists

Areas of Law


Recommendations


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Testimonials


“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

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