Susan has experience conducting a variety of court hearings within this area, including:
- Insolvency and Bankruptcy
- Bankruptcy applications including following failed IVAs
- Disclosure applications from third parties under section 366 and 367 Insolvency Act
- Applications to set aside statutory demands.
- Protection of property orders on behalf of Trustees
In 2016 Susan appeared in the High Court for the Respondent in a hearing concerning contractual interpretation following the dismissal of an application to set aside a statutory demand for over £80,000. The issues turned on the true contractual interpretation of a clause setting out that, in the event that any contractual instalment of the loan was missed, the creditor could commence bankruptcy proceedings. This case involved consideration of the recent Supreme Court judgment of Arnold v Britton  UKSC 36 and in the High Court, Susan's submissions were accepted.
In 2017 Susan represented joint Trustees in Bankruptcy at a final hearing in which Trustees sought declarations that property, namely cattle and farm machinery vested in them. The Bankrupt raised that following the death of his father with whom he had traded in partnership, the cattle and farm machinery were his mother’s property. The life of these proceedings involved: preservation orders for cattle and farm machinery and delivery up orders attended by Susan and other members of Chambers. In addition to an ownership dispute the final hearing also considered capacity of the Bankrupt’s mother. The Court ordered the property vested in the Trustees entirely.
Susan has experience recovering professional fees involving Estate Agents and Veterinary surgeons.
Susan defended a veterinary practice in claim alleging negligent treatment of a dog’s skin condition and breach of contractual and duty of care for later refusing to carry out a procedure under general anaesthetic with a claim for loss of earnings. Susan explored in evidence the break down in trust and confidence between the vet and their client and what if any loss stemmed from the approach taken by the veterinary practice. The Judge accepted the position Susan presented on behalf of the veterinary practice and the Claim was dismissed.
Susan successfully argued quantum meruit in a dispute for mediation fees.
A client recovered the full cost of a new kitchen after a professional cleaning organisation was found negligent and in breach of implied contractual terms. Damage to the kitchen units was noticed days after steam cleaning was undertaken. Both parties instructed furniture experts, their reports dealt with delay in the appearance of damage and steam damage patterns and whether the damage could have been attributed to a kitchen kettle.
Energy & Utilities
Susan represented electrical subcontractors employed by a local authority, when the local authority joined them to an action in which it was alleged they had negligently connected the electrical supply of business to the supply network. Susan advised and drafted the pleadings. Susan asserted the initial claim for pure economic loss was misconceived. The pure economic loss defence was not raised by the first defendant. The matter was listed for half a day of legal argument before HHJ Luba QC. Susan made submissions in respect of pure economic loss principles and negligent misstatement. HHJ Luba QC was satisfied for the reasons Susan submitted that there was no legally recognisable claim.
Trading and Business Financing
Susan has appeared in a number of hearings involving reliance on guarantees and indemnities.
27th Apr 2017
Susan Jones relies on April 2017 Court of Appeal decision to defend a £49,000 costs application in its entirety. On 20th April 2017, in what is likely to be one of the first applications of the Court of Appeal decision in Peter Mills Dammerman v Lanyon Bowlder LLP (2017) Susan successfully appeared for a Defendant in a costs dispute following settlement of a small claim in favour of a Defendant's counterclaim for an offer made by the Claimant almost 3 years earlier.
“May I personally record my admiration of Susan Jones performance before Mrs Justice Lambert. I sat behind her as a solicitor with 25 years post qualification experience and witnessed a rising star. She stood her ground against Mrs Justice Lambert’s initially strident view that the judge below had reached a wrong decision on the facts and gently set out in a highly effective, forensic way how the judge’s opinion below should not be interfered with…...High Court Judges don’t mess around, neither did Susan" (Instructing solicitor in Susan Jones successfully opposition of High Court Appeal challenging both Procedural Matters and Findings of Fact)
“Speed and uptake was impressive to say the least, as was her energy and the commitment she made. Since this first encounter, we have sought to use her whenever possible. Having sat next to her I can say that she is an accomplished advocate with a compelling style of advocacy” (Partner, instructing and attending a 3 day hearing)
“Our client is very happy with the outcome and I would certainly not hesitate to use Miss Susan Jones in the future or recommend her to my colleagues”. (Solicitor)
“Thank you for your advice which is both thorough and lucid of its analysis of the case” (Associate Solicitor)
“Miss Jones was extremely helpful and professional. I do not see how we could have done any more to better present my case” (Lay Client)
- Queen’s University Belfast (LLB: First, Top in Year)
- City University Law School (Bar Professional Training Course: Outstanding)
- BPTC scholarship
- Sweet and Maxwell Prize - most distinguished student in LLB final examinations
- Queen’s University Belfast awards for:
- Jurisprudence and political economics
- Contract law
- Trademarks and unfair competition
Professional qualifications & appointments
- Western Circuit Area Bar Junior (Winchester)
- Direct/Public access qualified
- Personal Injury Bar Association
- Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
- British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)
- Bar Pro Bono Unit
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