Geraint Jones QC

Geraint Jones QC

Call 1976
Silk 2001

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Geraint Jones Q.C. has pursued a substantial chancery, commercial and professional negligence practice over many years and has specialised in these fields for some 25 years or more.

In Silk he has been leading counsel in multi-million pound litigation, successfully defending allegations of commercial fraud arising from the collapse of the Versailles Group. He has been involved in long-running group litigation involving leaseholders in disputes with their landlord; a case of factual and substantial legal complexity.

As junior counsel, Geraint was counsel of choice for the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (western region) and has extensive experience in professional negligence issues, especially relating to property conveyancing matters.

Recently he has been leading counsel in a series of judicial review cases against HMRC, successfully challenging its use (or misuse) of its statutory powers. He has also become an acknowledged leader in Proceeds of Crime Act challenges based upon article 1, first Protocol ECHR, lately overturning the long established rule of the common law that a Receiver can always recover his costs from assets subject to the receivership.

Geraint has extensive sports law experience and is an Arbitrator at the International Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

Geraint also has extensive experience of human rights and discrimination issues associated with his work in the Immigration Appeals Tribunal and The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal.

Reported decisions include:

  • County Leasing Management Ltd v Hawkes [2016] BCC 102.
  • Romasave (property Services) Ltd v HMRC [2015] STC 1
  • Brendan Barnes (B.D.O.) v Eastenders plc v C.P.S. [2014] UKSC 26.
  • Brendan Barnes (B.D.O.) v Eastenders plc v C.P.S. [2013] 1 WLR 1494
  • Eastenders plc v H.M.R.C. [2012] 1 WLR 1494 (statutory construction CEMA’79).
  • Eastenders Cash & Carry Ltd v H.M.R.C.  (2011) UKFTT 25 (TC).
  • R v H.M.R.C. ex parte Eastenders Cash & Carry Ltd (2011) 1 WLR 488.
  • Goldberg v Foster Squires [2010] EWHC 450 - partners liable for fraud of a partner.
  • Carter v Cole (2009) 33 E.G. 66 (derogation from grant).
  • Greening & Sykes Ltd v Nelson & Hanley  The Times  22/1/08 (status of intervening bare trustee).
  • Nelson v Clearsprings Management Ltd  (2007) 1 WLR  962
  • Awoyomi v Radford (2007) EWHC 1671 (retrospectivity of Hall v Simons).
  • HSS Hire Services PLC v BMB Builders Merchants Ltd (2005) EWCA Civ 627 (costs to be reserved until damages assessed where there was a split trial and a payment in had been made).
  • Clowes Developments Ltd v Walters (2005) 17 EG 123 (adverse possession).
  • Mercantile & Credit plc v Marks (2005) Ch 81, (2004) 3 WLR 489 (sub-charges)
  • Richardson v Howie (2004) EWCA Civ 1127 (aggravated damages for assault abolished).
  • Alpha Lettings Ltd v Neptune Research & Development Inc (2003) EWCA Civ 704 (period of notice to terminate an exclusive distributorship agreement).
  • White v Chubb (2002) 1 P&CR Digest 22.
  • UCB v Williams (2002) 2 P&CR Digest 33 (C/A : BCCI v Aboody not followed on causation in actual undue influence cases).
  • Havenledge v Graeme John & Ptnrs (2001) PNLR.
  • Ford v GKR Construction (2000) 1 WLR 1097.

Experience:

  • Formerly junior counsel of choice for Solicitors’ Indemnity Fund for South Wales area (real property/conveyancing matters).
  • Advisory and advocacy work for The Environment Agency & Dept the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
  • Advisory and advocacy work for Sony (U.K.) Ltd ; Texaco plc ; Associated British Ports ; Templar Properties Ltd ; Eagle Star (Axa) ; Land Authority for Wales.
  •  Advisory and advocacy work for numerous local authorities.
  • Litigation relating to all aspects of real property disputes, mortgages and trusts.
  • Advising upon & drafting standard contractual conditions for trade association members.
  • Leading counsel in multi-million pound commercial fraud case arising from the collapse of the Versailles Group.

Academic Qualifications

Jesus College, Cambridge

Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • Recorder - Crime and Civil
  • Part-time Tax Tribunal Judge
  • Part-time Immigration Tribunal Judge
  • Statutory Reviewer of Decisions by the Director of Fair Access (Dept. of Education and Skills)
  • Arbitrator for the Motor Insurers' Bureau
  • International Court of Arbitration for Sport, Switzerland
  • Judicial Panel of the International Rugby Board
  • Chairman of the Disciplinary Appeal Tribunal of the British Parachuting Association
  • Ad hoc Arbitrator at the Commonwealth Games 2014

Professional Bodies

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA)