A Commercial Dispute Resolution Partner and experienced Court and Tribunal Advocate, Jill specialises in resolving disputes and is a member of the Property Litigation Association. Qualifying as a solicitor in 1990.
Jill specialises in a number of legal areas, with her interests including:
- Land and property disputes – for example over boundaries, covenants and rights of way, often with major commercial or strategic significance.
- Adverse possession
- Issues arising on sale or purchase of property
- Liability for landslip, coastal erosion and flood
- Landlord and Tenant matters, acting for landlords, both commercial and residential.
- Employment Law advocacy in the employment tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal for large national clients.
- Intellectual Property disputes. Jill heads a small team of IP Lawyers who advise on brand protection including registration of trade marks, protection of copyright and the law relating to the internet and data protection.
- Equine Law. A keen horsewoman and owner of four horses (you can never have too many!) and a successful BD competitor, she has many clients with equine connections and very considerable experience of resolving horse related disputes.
- Resolving a long-running, sixteen party dispute about contributions to the cost of upkeep of a commercial estate road, eventually requiring issue in the Chancery Division of the High Court but settled early in the action.
- Acting on behalf of a wildlife trust in defending a claim brought by a neighbouring landowner who denied their right of access to their nature reserve.
- Guiding and achieving a successful team move from a professional practice against fierce opposition from the remaining partners. Team now prospering in its new practice.
- Annulment of bankruptcy of a client who owned c.£3m freehold assets necessitating careful negotiation with the Trustee in Bankruptcy (represented by a city firm and specialist insolvency counsel) and the petitioning creditors (a national utility supplier represented by in house legal counsel).
- Obtaining a landmark ruling for a limited company in a claim against Barclays for mis-selling a complex hedge fund derivative product (these arrangements are also known as “SWAPs”, “interest rate hedging products” or “IRHP’s”)
- Defending a group action against a holiday park owner based on misrepresentation about holiday use
- Substantial settlement against a commercial landlord who unreasonably refused to consent to the assignment of a lease
- Injunction claim against an outgoing recruitment agency employee for breach of restrictive covenants and mis-use of confidential information
- Setting aside an erroneous court order which wrongfully purported to dispose of trust assets