Timothy Jacques

Barrister

Called 2008


Public Access Accredited

 

Background

Tim was born and brought up in the Midlands. He studied history at Magdalen College, Oxford, before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and the then Bar Vocational Course at the College of Law in Birmingham. He completed a mixed pupillage in Chambers, supervised by our Head of Chambers, Andrew Tucker, and has since built a wide-ranging civil practice with a focus upon personal injury work.

Civil


  • Personal Injury
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Inheritance Act Claims
  • Real Property
  • Landlord and Tenant

Personal Injury

Tim represents and advises both claimants and defendants in a wide spectrum of personal injury cases, including occupiers’ liability, employers’ liability and claims against local and highway authorities.

He has experience of cases involving workplace stress, total career loss and life-changing injuries.

Recent cases include:

  • Assisting a claimant in an employers’ liability amputation claim;
  • Advising and representing the family of the victim of a fatal workplace accident at both the inquest and during subsequent proceedings;
  • Acting for a steelworker whose career was ended by an industrial accident;
  • Advising and representing a child who suffered significant physical and psychological injuries in a horse riding accident, resulting in a six figure settlement of her claim;
  • Advising a child victim of sexual abuse in a Criminal Injuries Compensation claim.

He also has substantial experience of road traffic claims, including disputes concerning credit hire, low velocity impacts, staged accidents and allegations of fundamental dishonesty.

Tim also appears at inquests for both families and other interested parties.

He will accept instructions on a CFA basis in appropriate cases.

Chancery, Probate and Real Property

Tim’s chancery practice covers disputes concerning real property, wills and trusts.

He is regularly instructed to advise and represent claimants, personal representatives and beneficiaries in claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, both at court and during mediations.

Tim also acts in land disputes, including those concerning covenants, easements, trusts of land and adverse possession. He is familiar with Party Wall Act disputes. He acts for both landlords and tenants in possession and other proceedings.

Recent cases include:

  • Acting for the executor of an £860,000 estate in settling a claim by the deceased’s partner for reasonable financial provision;
  • Acting for an estranged adult child in a claim for reasonable financial provision;
  • Advising a claimant in a claim for adverse possession of a parcel of land against a housing development company;
  • Acting for a commercial client in claiming a disputed right of way over an industrial estate;
  • Acting for the owner of land in a dispute concerning interpretation of a complicated network of restrictive covenants;
  • Advising the executors of an estate in respect of company assets where the deceased was the sole director and shareholder of the company.

Family


  • Property and Finance

Tim accepts instructions in family financial remedy cases. His experience includes disputes about: overseas assets; company and pension valuation; the enforceability and effect of settlement agreements; the disposal of assets. He seeks to provide clear, pragmatic advice to his clients at every stage of the court process.

Recent cases include:

  • Obtaining a settlement on “clean break” terms for a high-earning banker;
  • Obtaining a favourable resolution for a wife in financial remedy proceedings involving disputed land in India;
  • Successfully representing a husband in resisting his ex-wife’s application to avoid the terms of a separation agreement;
  • Representing a wife in financial remedy proceedings in which husband attempted to ring-fence an £800,000 inheritance;
  • Representing a wife in a case involving disputed overseas property, intervener claims by her children, undisclosed assets and disputed inheritance.

 

  • Cohabitation Disputes

Tim accepts instructions in cohabitation disputes and claims brought under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA). He has advised and represented clients in matters concerning constructive trusts, fraudulent declarations, proprietary estoppel and the administration of estates.

His chancery and contested probate experience means that he is as comfortable in the County or High Court as he is in the Family Court.

Recent cases include:

  • Acting for a farmer’s widow in resisting her son’s proprietary estoppel claim for the entire beneficial interest in her late husband’s farm;
  • Representing a father in resisting his daughter’s claim to rectify an express declaration of trust by which they held a property as beneficial joint tenants;
  • Representing a client in realising her beneficial interest in a property which she had purchased jointly with her then-partner.