Cheryl Jones

Year of Call: 1996
Email Address: cheryl.jones@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 020 7583 8055

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Property and Estates

Cheryl’s property and private client practice encompasses trusts of land and proprietary estoppel, as well as boundary disputes.  She has an extensive knowledge of and practice in probate and trusts issues.

Cheryl sits in the High Court as a Registrar, dealing with both high value bankruptcy matters and company matters, as a Chancery District Judge and as a Civil and Criminal Recorder.  She is also a trained mediator.

Speaking

With a background in lecturing at Westminster University, Cheryl welcomes any opportunity to give talks on in all the areas in which she practices.  She aims to give clear, precise and uncomplicated talks that are of long term practical use to solicitors, barristers and anyone with an interest in the subject.

Her more recent interesting cases include

  • Agarwala v Agarwala [2016] EWCA Civ 1251; [2017] 1P&CR DG17 - relating to the date from which a trustee in breach of her trust was no longer acting unlawfully; calculations of equitable damages by a trustee and other associated issues
  • In re Castrillon (High Court) (2016) with elements of Colombian law, alleged undue influence and fraud.  Settled by way of mediation to client’s satisfaction
  • In re Freud (High Court) (2016), on an intestacy where a brother and sister could not agree the burial arrangements for their deceased mother or the subsequent disposition of the estate
  • In re Kramer (High Court) (2016), a claim by personal representatives for declarations under the Trusts of Land & Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 in conflict with previous decisions of a religious court and need for accounting from executor de son tort.
  • Blackburn v Southwell [2014] EWCA Civ 1247 [2015] 2 FLR 1240 - representing a co-habitee claiming estoppel against her former partner
  • Christou (Pittas v Christou) [2014] EWHC 79 (Ch) - acting for the executor in highly contested claim, subsequently advising on the retention of costs from the Defendant’s inheritance after the Defendant’s bankruptcy
  • Gabitass v Watkins (High Court) (2014), successfully resisting a claim by a stepson for provision from an estate on the grounds that he did not come within the act.
  • In re Agarwala (2014), successfully setting aside two wills on the grounds of forgery and entering Indian will to probate against allegations of malpractice and fraud from the unsuccessful brothers.
  • Duncan v Duncan [2013] EWCA Civ 1407 - appeal against a finding of conflict of interest in relation to a barrister acting for one party against a party he had previously represented
  • Agarwala v Agarwala [2013] EWCA Civ 1763 - appeal in respect of a beneficial interest in a commercial property
  • Hope v Knight [2010] EWHC 3443 (Ch) - involving the first consideration of long time separation of a married couple in connection with the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975, in the light of Radmacher v Granatino [2010] UKSC 42
  • In Re Sanussi - consideration of the laws of intestacy where the deceased had multiple legal wives in Nigeria but had English property to be divided
  •  Many other cases involving advising and bringing claims for undue influence, want of knowledge and approval or incapacity; Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975; to remove executors/personal representatives; property claims by executors/personal representatives.

Cheryl believes that strenuous efforts should be made in all cases to settle matters without the need for a trial, and many of her cases do settle at mediation, but she is a fearless advocate for her client when it is clear that no sensible settlement can be reached.

Although Cheryl is officially located in the London Office of 3PB, and is particularly well placed to accept instructions in London, she also accepts instructions throughout the Midlands, South East and in Bristol. She is computer literate, providing swift and lucid advices by email if so desired.

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Academic qualifications

First Class degree (Law) from Lancaster University

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Recorder

Professional bodies

  • Member of the Chancery Bar Association
  • Member of the Property Bar Association

Direct Access

Cheryl Jones is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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