Winston specialises in property, commercial and insolvency litigation. He provides advice, drafting and advocacy to clients across these specialisms. Please click on a specialism link below for more details of his experience in the relevant practice area.
He has appeared as sole counsel at all levels up to the Court of Appeal and has drafted a notice of objection to permission to appeal in the Supreme Court. He regularly appears in the High Court, the County Court, the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal in petitions, applications and trials. He appeared in the Court of Appeal for the successful Appellant in Elim Court RTM Co Ltd v Avon Freeholds Ltd  H.L.R. 18;  EWCA Civ 89.
He has particular experience of commercial debt recovery, personal insolvency, mortgage disputes and landlord and tenant.
His current cases include:
- An appeal to the Court of Appeal against an indemnity basis award of costs, concerning the effect of unsuccessful allegations of fraud on the basis of assessment
- An appeal to the Court of Appeal against the discharge of an interim injunction against alleged blackmailers, concerning the extent of the court’s jurisdiction to maintain an interim injunction prior to service of the claim form
- A claim in the SCCO to an order for detailed assessment of a gross sum bill of costs under section 64(3) of the Solicitors Act 1974, concerning whether the court may order detailed assessment under section 64(3) without applying the restrictions of section 70.
Winston represents the Bar Standards Board before the Bar Disciplinary Tribunal and the Interim Suspension Panel. He has also taken part in the Chancery Bar’s pro bono CLIPS scheme to assist litigants in person in the High Court.
He has provided insolvency training to the internal lawyers at the Bar Standards Board. He has provided lectures on various topics to solicitors, corporate lay clients and the judiciary. He edits the Tenant arrears and bankruptcy section of the RICS isurv website.
In certain circumstances, Winston accepts direct instructions on a public access basis.
Winston was appointed a Deputy District Judge on the South Eastern Circuit in May 2020.
‘Thank you for your help in this multi track trial. The outcome was an unconditional victory, and the clients were very impressed with your performance. As they put it: ‘we believe you all could not have fought harder for us and we certainly couldn’t have wanted for any more. Winston was outstanding. He ran rings around the opposition’: John Gordon, Partner, Wilson Browne Solicitors
‘I recently instructed Winston in a complex property damage and boundary case. He provided invaluable advice throughout the process; in particular, on preparation of evidence and settlement offers. His most important contribution was his advocacy at trial. Winston was a highly effective advocate with a good understanding of the law and the complex factual background. He was able to use his knowledge deftly in cross-examination, including of an expert witness. We were able to achieve a great outcome for the client and an indemnity based costs award’: Toby Walker, Head of Dispute Resolution, Hedges Law
‘We are very grateful to Mr Jacob for his assistance and confirm that our client was very happy with the outcome’: Mary Rouse, Senior Associate, Wright Hassall LLP
‘Winston was absolutely brilliant and we would very much like to keep him on board for the entirety of this case if at all possible’: lay clients
- 2005 Called to the Bar (Middle Temple)
- 2004-2005 Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent)
- 1997-2000 Balliol College, University of Oxford, MA (Hons) in Jurisprudence
- Chancery Bar Association
Prior to joining Chambers Winston worked as a solicitors’ agent, attending hearings on a daily basis in the County Courts and the Royal Courts of Justice in property, insolvency, consumer credit, contract and debt recovery matters.
He has also previously worked in the Commercial Litigation Department of Norton Rose and in the Insurance/Reinsurance Department of CMS Cameron McKenna.
Immediately after university, he spent one year as Editor of the Jersey Law Reports, reporting judicial decisions of the Jersey Royal Court and appeals to the Jersey Court of Appeal and the Privy Council in matters such as financial regulation, trusts, bankruptcy and insurance, as well as chronicling most important rulings on criminal law, procedure and evidence.