Jennifer Meech


Year of Call 2008



General Profile


Jennifer has a strong commercial chancery practice which remains broad in its scope. She is an experienced advocate having appeared in the Court of Appeal, High Court, County Court and Tribunals since the beginning of her career. Jennifer regularly appears in applications, trials and appeals. She is also adept at advising in writing or in person.

 

Areas of Emphasis

 

Real Property – Jennifer is regularly instructed in real property disputes including rights of way issues, boundary disputes, trespass claims, issues concerning the validity of mortgages, and the acquisition of rights by prescription. In 2014 Jennifer appeared in the Court of Appeal (led by Tim Calland) in a dispute about the extent of a several fishery in the Wash.

 

Landlord and Tenant – Jennifer deals with all issues encountered by landlords and tenants in both the commercial and residential context. Jennifer is well placed to deal with the most complex possession and disrepair claims. She is also well versed in 1954 Act renewals, both contested and non-contested. In 2015 Jennifer was instructed (led by Caroline Hutton) when the Court of Appeal was considering relief from forfeiture following a deliberate breach by the tenant.

 

Insolvency – since the beginning of her practice Jennifer has appeared in important decisions in this area, several of which remain leading cases and are set out below. Jennifer regularly acts for office holders, directors, creditors and debtors in applications, trials, and appeals.

 

General Commercial and Chancery – Jennifer regularly deals with general commercial chancery matters for individuals and companies. These disputes range from straightforward contractual claims to complex questions of breach of fiduciary duty and constructive trusts.

 

Sport – Jennifer has a particular interest in cases involving sports teams and governing bodies. She has acted for and against football clubs, rugby league teams, and national governing bodies.

 

Company – Jennifer is regularly instructed in applications under the Companies Act 2006, in particular unfair prejudice claims. She is particularly well placed to advise companies that own property.

 

Professional negligence – Jennifer accepts instructions in professional negligence claims that align with her other areas of expertise, in particular claims against solicitors and surveyors.

 

Notable Cases

 

Falmouth House Ltd v Abou-Hamdan [2017] EWHC 779 (Ch)

Civil Procedure – Relief from sanctions

 

Dial a Car Express Ltd v Ashton LTL 23/12/2016

Injunction – Passing off

 

Pettit v Bradford Bulls (Northern) Ltd (In Administration) [2016] EWHC 3557 (Ch); [2017] B.C.C. 50

Insolvency – Retrospective appointment of administrators

 

Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberosterrich AG v Meyden [2016] EWHC 414 (Ch); [2016] BPIR 697

Insolvency - COMI

 

Freifeld v West Kensington Court Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 806

Landlord and Tenant – Forfeiture

 

Le Puy v Potter [2015] EWHC 193 (QB)

Contract – Restraint of trade covenants

 

Greig v Stirling & Anor [2014] EWHC 4017

Civil Procedure – Relief from sanctions

 

Loose v Lynn Shellfish Ltd & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 846

Property – Several Fisheries – How the boundaries of a several fishery in the Wash were to be determined

 

Loose v Lynn Shellfish Ltd & Ors [2013] EWHC 901

Property – Trespass – Whether various fishermen had trespassed into a private fishery in the Wash

 

Kasumi v Arrow Global Guernsey Ltd [2013] EWHC 789 (Ch) (Appeal)

Insolvency – Bankruptcy – Whether the court could retrospectively grant permission to present a second bankruptcy petition on the same debt

 

Re Sykes & Sons Limited [2012] EWHC 883 (Ch)

Insolvency – Winding up petitions - Application to restrain advertisement and obtain dismissal of a winding up petition where the remaining unpaid debt was disputed.

 

Revenue & Customs Commissioners v Garwood [2012] BPIR 575 Chancery Division (Bankruptcy Court)

Insolvency – Bankruptcy – Whether HMRC acted reasonably in refusing an offer of security for the petition debt

 

Career & Education

 

Called to the Bar, Middle Temple, 2008

 

Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law, 2008 (Very Competent)

 

Astbury Scholarship, Middle Temple, BVC, 2007

 

Common Professional Examination, City University, 2007 (Distinction)

 

Astbury Scholarship, Middle Temple, CPE, 2006

 

BA (Hons) English, University of Cambridge, Magdalene College 2005

 

Jennifer is a member of the Property Bar Association Committee and co-chairs the ILA Associates' Network Committee