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Partner and Solicitor

Jill Headford

“I believe that disputes should be resolved as quickly and cost-effectively as possible with legal fees which are proportionate to the sums at stake. Our legal system is too expensive to use just to prove a point (and life is too short!) and I can help you to resolve your dispute on the best terms negotiable. But if you do have to take your case to court, I will absolutely fight your corner and support you every step of the way.”

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.

 

WORK

Recent cases

  • 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
  • Successful settlement of a claim arising out of terms of use of an online trading platform

 

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