In Motacus Constructions Ltd v Paolo Castelli SpA  EWHC 356 (TCC), His Honour Judge Hodge QC granted the claimant’s […]
22nd Feb 2021
Jennifer practices both domestically and internationally, with a particular expertise in multi-party TCC litigation and in international arbitrations in the fields of large construction projects and energy disputes. She is typically instructed as sole counsel in multi-million-pound disputes for a range of different types of entity and her clients praise both her intellectual ability and her emphasis on client care.
She is recommended in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 in the fields of construction and professional negligence, and also in Chambers Global for construction. Contributors remark in particular that she is “very impressive and a clear thinker”, “an excellent barrister who is very responsive and commercial”, “enthusiastic and a very capable team player”, “calm, collected and unflappable” and that she has “absolutely first-rate legal knowledge”.
Jennifer’s main areas of specialisation are construction and engineering, professional negligence and energy, and she also has valuable experience in disputes concerning the construction and enforcement of guarantees/ bonds and of jurisdictional and conflicts issues, which regularly arise as incidental to other matters. It is in the nature of construction disputes that they give rise to particularly complex strategic and factual scenarios, either because of the number of different parties and contracts, or because disputes are being fought out in different fora. Jennifer particularly enjoys the tactical challenges inherent in managing these complicated disputes and in doing everything possible to obtain the best result for her clients.
Jennifer has acted for the full range of parties in disputes arising from the design and construction of a wide range of building and civil engineering projects, including process plant, infrastructure procured by PFI, and commercial and residential properties. She has expertise in issues relating to loss and expense, delay and disruption, defects, design, delay, diminution in value, contractual termination and quantum meruit claims. She is also familiar with the main Standard Form contracts. Her experience includes:
Jennifer has experience of dealing with a variety of professional negligence claims involving a wide range of professionals and consultants in the construction and engineering sector, including architects, engineers, surveyors and contractors. Her experience includes substantial recent experience of cladding disputes, including in relation to concerns about the safety of cladding. Given the involvement of insurers in professional negligence disputes they are often multi-party and Jennifer has particular expertise in, and experience of, managing the strategic implications of a dispute involving a number of participants, from the perspective both of the Claimant and the Defendants. Her experience includes:
Jennifer has been involved in a number of cases for purchasers, contractors, designers and operators arising out of issues with energy installations. When she first started working in this field she prioritised power stations and offshore installations utilising traditional energy sources. Whilst she continues to work those areas she is also instructed on an increasing number of cases concerning renewables. Cases include:
Jennifer is familiar with the issues concerning the proper construction of bonds and guarantees, and regularly advises on the nature and meaning of these documents, together with acting in the following notable examples:
Jennifer has both advised clients on the availability of injunctive relief and appeared in Court to obtain the same, in both with and without notice cases. Her experience includes:
Jennifer has also acted in a range of general commercial disputes including:
Jennifer has been instructed in a number of Party Wall Act matters.
In particular, she has:
Jennifer has been instructed to advise and defend a basement works sub-contractor prosecuted under Health and Safety legislation for a serious fall from height on site.
Empyreal Energy Ltd v Daylighting Power Ltd  EWHC 1971 (TCC) (22 July 2020)
Specialty Magnetics Ltd v Agilent Technologies LDA UK Ltd  6 WLUK 398
Babcock Marine (Clyde) Ltd v HS Barrier Coatings Ltd  EWHC 1659 (TCC)
Russell v Stone (trading as PSP Consultants)  EWHC 1555 (TCC), 173 ConLR 96: successfully defended an application to strike-out a claim against a project manager. The dispute concerned whether or not a standstill agreement was effective. It was.
Towsey v Highgrove  BLR 45: successfully represented a company on a contested winding up petition, where the issue was how the Court should manage the interaction between winding up and the enforcement of adjudicators’ decisions.
Platform v Anderson  EWHC 1853: successfully defending a surveyor alleged negligently to have valued a property where the purchase price was influenced by an underlying fraud. Claim dismissed for want of causation and indemnity costs awarded in her client’s favour.
Vossloh Aktiengesellschaft v Alpha Trains (UK) Ltd  All ER (D) 86;  EWHC 2443 (Ch): acting for the beneficiary in a dispute about whether a document was a parent company guarantee or an on demand bond.
Rust Consulting Ltd v PB Ltd  EWHC 3243 (TCC): dispute about the proper construction of a contract of indemnity and the circumstances in which estoppel in respect of underlying proceedings against the indemnified bites on the indemnifier.
J Murphy & Sons Ltd v Johnston Precast Ltd (formerly Johnston Pipes Ltd) (No 2) (2009) 5 Costs LR 745;  EWHC 3104 (TCC): the Court declined to make an issue based costs order; CPR Part 36 does not provide for interest on costs to be awarded at an enhanced rate where a claimant fails to beat a defendant’s Part 36 offer.
Allen Wilson Joinery Ltd v Privetgrange Construction Ltd 123 Con LR 1;  EWHC 2802 (TCC): an adjudicator’s decision was not enforced where there were triable issues as to whether or not a contract was in writing pursuant to the 1996 Act; there is no jurisdiction to award interest in a Scheme adjudication.
J Murphy & Sons Ltd v Johnston Precast Ltd (formerly Johnston Pipes Ltd)  All ER (D) 114;  EWHC 3024 (TCC): a sub-contractor had supplied a length of glass reinforced plastic pipe for use in water main works. It was not liable to the main contractor for damage caused when that pipe burst: the damage was caused by the conditions in which the pipe was operating and not by the nature of the pipe itself.
2018 Recorder (Midland Circuit)
2017 – Member – Inn Conduct Committee
2012 – 2018 – Member – BTAS Disciplinary Panel Pool
2007 – MA (Oxon)
1998-2002 – BA, Law with Law studies in Europe (French law), Christ Church, Oxford University
2002-2003 – BVC, ICSL
2000-2001 – Higher Diploma in French Law and Comparative Law, University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)
2001 – Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
Jennifer has a good working knowledge of French and some conversational German.
Jennifer is an accredited TECBAR adjudicator and a lead advocacy tutor for Lincoln’s Inn.
She is a member of TECBAR, COMBAR and the SCL.
“An excellent junior barrister who is happy to take on the difficult arguments and win.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2021
“She came across as being in control and very authoritative; she commanded respect and did very well.”
Professional Negligence, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2021
“Clear advice. Highly responsive and experienced.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2021
“Commercially minded with the legal ability to deliver. Strong and clear written and verbal advice. Also a very able advocate on her feet in court.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2021
“Jennifer Jones is smart, effective and thorough. She presents her legal advice in a manner which clients can easily grasp. She is an impressive junior.” “An excellent barrister, she is very responsive and commercial.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2020
“She is exceptionally bright but also down to earth and a pleasure to work with.” “She’s very impressive and can hold her own without a silk.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2020
“Enthusiastic and very capable.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2020
“Excellent legal skills.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2020
“Extremely good with clients, acute on the law and good at explaining it in practical ways.” “Unbelievably responsive and keen and knows her stuff, so you can trust her to advise on big cases.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2019
“Extremely good at advocacy, she is the one you want when you have a hearing.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2019
“Extremely good at advocacy.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2019
“Very impressive and a clear thinker.” “Effective and thorough.” “An excellent barrister who is very responsive and commercial.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018
“Enthusiastic and a very capable team player.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2017
“She is very robust, technically sound and has a strong manner.”
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2017
“She is very approachable, responsive and clear in her advice. She is able to serve both private and commercial clients extremely well.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2017
“Calm, collected and unflappable: all great qualities to have in an advocate.”
Construction, Chambers Global 2017
“She relates well to judges and witnesses, and is very approachable.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2016
Professional Negligence, The Legal 500 2016
“She listens to other points and then comes in with the real killer points she’s been noting.” “She’s tremendously enthusiastic; you feel as though your case is the most important she’s got.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2016
The above are a selection of recent client endorsements from the leading legal directories, both UK and internationally. For a complete list of endorsements, please contact the practice management team at Atkin Chambers.