Justin is head of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution department dealing with a wide range of commercial litigation disputes in the areas of law including contentious probate, professional negligence (with successful claims against surveyors, accountants, architects and financial advisors), contractual and shareholder disputes, claims concerning directors’ duties, trust disputes as well as commercial and residential property disputes.
He has experience of both High Court and County Court matters and has also had success in the Court of Appeal. Justin is a keen advocate of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) having represented clients in a large number of mediations.
After completing his training at the London office of an international law firm, he remained in London for several years before joining a large Legal 500 leading firm in the north of England until returning to London where he is now based full-time. Justin was appointed a non equity Director of the firm in January 2016.
He has been involved in a number of reported cases. In one of these he successfully defended a freeholder in a claim by a tenant who wished to expand their premises into the space below their demised ground floor leasehold apartment [Lejonvarn v Cromwell Mansions Management Co Ltd]. This was the first time that the court had determined whether the extent of the demise should include the area beneath the demised property as opposed to the roof or void space above the property (in the context of a top-floor apartment).
Justin also assists his colleagues who work within the firm’s Private Client department in cases where they are appointed to act as Independent Administrator.
He has also previously worked as a part-time evening lecturer in Civil Procedure and is an Associate Member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). He is also a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association.
Although Justin spends most of his time at our Old Bailey office he is also available to meet client clients at our office in Grange-over-Sands.
The probate process from the registration of the death to the often complicated dealings with the Inland Revenue and other inheritance tax issues. We have specialist property advisors on hand to explore all of the beneficiaries’ options.