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Winston Jacob

  • Real Property  

    Real property

    Winston regularly appears in the County Court and the High Court in a variety of actions and advises on all aspects of property law. He has particular experience of mortgages, including registration of mortgages, mortgagee’s right to possession, tenants of borrowers, LPA receivers and mortgagee’s costs.

    His experience includes disputes over beneficial ownership of land (including applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996), nuisance, trespass, and property-related professional negligence claims.

    His property practice includes the following core areas:

    • Boundary disputes, Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and adverse possession
    • Easements
    • Land Registration
    • Mortgages and equitable charges (including charging orders)
    • Professional negligence
    • Restrictive covenants
    • Trespass
    • Trusts of land (express, constructive and resulting and TOLATA claims)

    Examples of his work:

    • Acting for successful purchaser in claim for specific performance of contract to buy land; defendant seller alleged misrepresentation and that the contract was void as contrary to the administration of justice.
    • Acting for successful defendant in the four-day trial of a boundary dispute involving Party Wall Act issues and a claim of substantial structural damage to a building. Obtained an indemnity costs award.
    • Acting for defendant mortgagors defending possession claim and monetary claim for over £250,000 relying on promissory estoppel and/or estoppel by convention.
    • Acting for the successful claimants in a five-day trial of a possession claim involving allegations of constructive/resulting trust and the application of the ex turpi causa principle.
    • Acting for claimant in claim against former conveyancing solicitors for professional negligence in purchase of property without lawful access to parking area. The claim settled on favourable terms.
    • Acting for defendant to claim for a declaration that a buy-to-let property was held under a constructive trust in favour of her ex-partner.

    News & Resources

    Deregulation Act 2015 – tenancy deposits

    The Deregulation Act 2015 received royal assent on 26 March 2015. It contains amendments to landlord and tenant legislation that will come into force during 2015. Sections 30 to 32 deal with tenancy deposits and are already in force.

    1st May 2015 Read more

    Eviction without a court order

    In R (ZH) v Newham LB; R (CN) v Lewisham LB [2014] UKSC 62, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed that, as a general principle, s. 3(2B) of the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 does not apply to licences granted by a local authority

    1st December 2014 Read more

     

     

  • Landlord & tenant  

    Landlord and tenant

    Winston is regularly instructed in landlord and tenant matters. He recently appeared for the successful Appellant in the Court of Appeal in Elim Court RTM Co Ltd v Avon Freeholds Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 89, a case concerned with non-compliance with the statutory notice requirements in the right to manage legislation. The Respondent has sought permission to appeal from the Supreme Court and Winston has recently drafted notice of objection.

    His residential landlord and tenant experience encompasses claims involving all manner of tenancies, including assured and assured shorthold tenancies, secure tenancies, regulated tenancies under the Rent Act 1977, introductory tenancies and tenancies attracting no security of tenure.

    He acts in possession claims (including forfeiture), service charge disputes, breach of covenant claims, and applications for antisocial behaviour injunctions.

    He also acts in disputes involving business tenancies regulated by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, including business tenancy renewals.

    His landlord and tenant practice includes the following core areas:

    • Anti-social behaviour injunctions under s. 1 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
    • Applications to commit for contempt of court for breach of injunction
    • Breach of covenant (including disrepair)
    • Business tenancy renewals under Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
    • Enfranchisement and right to manage
    • Possession claims (including forfeiture, s. 21 Housing Act 1988, s. 8 Housing Act 1988, s. 83 Housing Act 1985, s. 127 Housing Act 1996, NTQ and trespass)
    • Service charges
    • Tenancy deposit disputes under the Housing Act 2004

    Examples of his work:

    • Elim Court RTM Co Ltd v Avon Freeholds Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 89: representing successful RTM company in claim for determination that it was entitled to acquire the right to manage; consideration of the court's approach to non-compliance with statutory notice provisions.
    • Acting for former tenant's trustees in bankruptcy in successful application to set aside forfeiture and restore a long-lease to the register.
    • Acting for successful claimant landlord, both at first instance and on appeal, resisting defence that service of a notice under s. 8 of the Housing Act 1988 had waived a prior notice under s. 21 of the Act.
    • Acting for successful defendant tenant, both at first instance and on appeal, to a claim for possession on grounds of forfeiture due to rent arrears. The court accepted the defendant’s argument that the ‘costs of the action’ within s. 138(2) of the County Courts Act 1984 were fixed costs under CPR Part 45 as opposed to indemnity costs.
    • Acting for numerous landlord clients claiming possession under s. 21 of the Housing Act 1988 facing technical defences based on tenancy deposit legislation; successfully relied on the transitional provisions to the Localism Act 2011 to obtain order for possession despite late protection of deposit.
    • Representing successful claimant landlord in trial of claim for possession of property let on secure tenancy on ground that defendant had sub-let the whole property and thereby lost security of tenure.

    News & Resources

    Deregulation Act 2015 – tenancy deposits

    The Deregulation Act 2015 received royal assent on 26 March 2015. It contains amendments to landlord and tenant legislation that will come into force during 2015. Sections 30 to 32 deal with tenancy deposits and are already in force.

    1st May 2015 Read more

    Eviction without a court order

    In R (ZH) v Newham LB; R (CN) v Lewisham LB [2014] UKSC 62, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed that, as a general principle, s. 3(2B) of the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 does not apply to licences granted by a local authority

    1st December 2014 Read more

     

  • Commercial  

    Commercial

    Winston has a broad commercial litigation practice involving regular appearances in the County Court and the High Court. His experience includes sale of goods and services, bailment, agency, insurance and debt recovery.

    He has extensive experience of commercial debt recovery proceedings. His clients include banks and other financial organisations, insurance companies, partnerships and sole traders.

    His commercial practice includes the following core areas:

    • Commercial debt recovery
    • Finance agreements
    • Insolvency (personal and corporate)
    • Insurance
    • Professional negligence
    • Sale and supply of goods and services

    Examples of his work:

    • Acting for commercial property consultants in fee claim for over £600,000 for a business rates reduction service.
    • Acting for claimant sub-contractor in claim for unpaid commission, estimated at between £100,000 to £300,000, for sales leads provided. Settled on favourable terms at the door of the court.
    • Representing defendant partners in a partnership dispute involving a jointly-owned mixed use property worth around £265,000 rented out for profit. Dispute as to whether property should be sold on open market or the defendants permitted to buy out the claimant’s interest at a valuation. Settled on favourable terms.
    • Acting for commercial property consultants in quantum meruit claim for over £150,000 for services on aborted lease negotiation.
    • Representing successful managing agents in two-day trial of claim for over £60,000 in unpaid invoices for managing commercial premises. Defendant freeholder alleging managing agents breached service level agreement and failed to adequately manage service charge collection.
    • Acting in claim on a home-insurance policy defended by insurer alleging claim forfeited due to insured's use of a fraudulent device.
    • Representing claimant company in claim for £54,000 for a contract for goods and services where defence of novation raised.
    • Representing Defendant company in successful application for wasted costs of over £50,000 against the Claimant's solicitor.
    • Appearing for successful claimant solicitors at trial of claim for around £25,000 in unpaid fees.

    News & Resources

    Limitation period on a counterclaim – section 35 Limitation Act 1980

    A party brings a claim within the limitation period, but can the defendant counterclaim, even though the limitation period for their own claim expired before the claimant’s claim was issued? In Al-Rawas v Hassan Khan & Co (a firm) [2017] EWCA Civ 42, the Court of Appeal considered the effect of s. 35 of the Limitation Act 1980 on the limitation period of an original set off or counterclaim and ruled that the answer to the question was “no”.

    7th February 2017 Read more

    Insurance – Coles v Hetherton [2013] EWCA Civ 1704

    The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of Cooke J ([2012] EWHC 1599 (Comm) – see August 2012 Round-Up) and with it the repair arrangements of Royal & Sun Alliance (“RSA”). The key elements of the CA’s conclusions can be summarised as follows.

    1st February 2014 Read more

    CPR 3.9 – Relief from sanctions

    The CA has given its first decision on the correct approach to the new version of CPR 3.9 in Andrew Mitchell MP v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 1537.

    1st December 2013 Read more

    Action for price

    Does section 49 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 set out the only circumstances in which a seller of goods can maintain an action for the price?

    1st November 2013 Read more

    Insurance: Coles v Hetheron [2012] EWHC 1599

    The Commercial Court (Cooke J) has decided two preliminary issues in a test case concerning the legitimacy of RSA's repair arrangements following negligently caused damage to its insured's vehicles.

    1st August 2012 Read more
  • Insolvency  

    Insolvency

    Winston acts for creditors and debtors in both individual and corporate insolvency proceedings.

    He has considerable experience of personal insolvency, including statutory demands, bankruptcy petitions, annulment applications, and trustees’ applications for the sale of property under s. 14 of the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (in conjunction with s. 335A of the Insolvency Act 1986).

    He also acts in winding up petitions and injunctions to restrain presentation of a petition.

    Winston also acts in cases where trustees in bankruptcy seek to assert their rights against third parties, such as persons who co-own property with the bankrupt.

    His clients include banks and other financial organisations, insurance companies, partnerships and all manner of creditors.

    Examples of his work: 

    • Pickard v Roberts [2016] EWHC 187 (Ch): representing bankrupt's wife and co-owner of property seeking to set aside order for sale in favour of trustee in bankruptcy obtained at hearing which she failed to attend; consideration of what constitutes a "trial" for the purposes of CPR r. 39.3.
    • Acting for former tenant's trustees in bankruptcy in successful application to set aside forfeiture and restore a long-lease to the register.
    • Representation at the hearing of various bankruptcy and winding up petitions.
    • Applications to annul bankruptcy orders and to set aside statutory demands.

    News & Resources

    Limitation period on a counterclaim – section 35 Limitation Act 1980

    A party brings a claim within the limitation period, but can the defendant counterclaim, even though the limitation period for their own claim expired before the claimant’s claim was issued? In Al-Rawas v Hassan Khan & Co (a firm) [2017] EWCA Civ 42, the Court of Appeal considered the effect of s. 35 of the Limitation Act 1980 on the limitation period of an original set off or counterclaim and ruled that the answer to the question was “no”.

    7th February 2017 Read more

    Insurance – Coles v Hetherton [2013] EWCA Civ 1704

    The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of Cooke J ([2012] EWHC 1599 (Comm) – see August 2012 Round-Up) and with it the repair arrangements of Royal & Sun Alliance (“RSA”). The key elements of the CA’s conclusions can be summarised as follows.

    1st February 2014 Read more

    CPR 3.9 – Relief from sanctions

    The CA has given its first decision on the correct approach to the new version of CPR 3.9 in Andrew Mitchell MP v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 1537.

    1st December 2013 Read more

    Action for price

    Does section 49 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 set out the only circumstances in which a seller of goods can maintain an action for the price?

    1st November 2013 Read more

    Insurance: Coles v Hetheron [2012] EWHC 1599

    The Commercial Court (Cooke J) has decided two preliminary issues in a test case concerning the legitimacy of RSA's repair arrangements following negligently caused damage to its insured's vehicles.

    1st August 2012 Read more
  • Consumer credit  

    Consumer credit

    Winston provides representation and advice in claims involving all aspects of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and related legislative provisions. He has regularly represented banks and other financial institutions in claims relating to consumer credit and consumer hire agreements. His experience includes:

    • Improperly executed regulated agreements
    • Regulated hire purchase and hire agreements
    • Regulated mortgages
    • Unfair relationships (ss. 140A-D)


    Examples of his work:

    • Representing finance company in ongoing dispute with individual who hired a car on hire-purchase. Successfully obtained an order striking out allegations of misrepresentation, duress and improperly executed agreement made in the defence and counterclaim.
    • Advising an unincorporated association regarding its potential liability under a regulated hire agreement.
    • Drafting defence to a claim on a regulated hire agreement raising issues of enforceability of the agreement under ss. 86D and 87 of the 1974 Act.
    • Representing mortgagee in possession claim defended, among other matters, on grounds that the agreement was an unfair relationship within the meaning of s. 140A of the 1974 Act.

    News & Resources

    Limitation period on a counterclaim – section 35 Limitation Act 1980

    A party brings a claim within the limitation period, but can the defendant counterclaim, even though the limitation period for their own claim expired before the claimant’s claim was issued? In Al-Rawas v Hassan Khan & Co (a firm) [2017] EWCA Civ 42, the Court of Appeal considered the effect of s. 35 of the Limitation Act 1980 on the limitation period of an original set off or counterclaim and ruled that the answer to the question was “no”.

    7th February 2017 Read more

    Insurance – Coles v Hetherton [2013] EWCA Civ 1704

    The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of Cooke J ([2012] EWHC 1599 (Comm) – see August 2012 Round-Up) and with it the repair arrangements of Royal & Sun Alliance (“RSA”). The key elements of the CA’s conclusions can be summarised as follows.

    1st February 2014 Read more

    CPR 3.9 – Relief from sanctions

    The CA has given its first decision on the correct approach to the new version of CPR 3.9 in Andrew Mitchell MP v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 1537.

    1st December 2013 Read more

    Action for price

    Does section 49 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 set out the only circumstances in which a seller of goods can maintain an action for the price?

    1st November 2013 Read more

    Insurance: Coles v Hetheron [2012] EWHC 1599

    The Commercial Court (Cooke J) has decided two preliminary issues in a test case concerning the legitimacy of RSA's repair arrangements following negligently caused damage to its insured's vehicles.

    1st August 2012 Read more

Profile

Winston specialises in property, commercial and insolvency litigation. He provides advice, drafting and advocacy to clients across these specialisms. He has appeared 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 and the County Court in petitions, applications and trials. He recently appeared in the Court of Appeal for the successful Appellant in Elim Court RTM Co Ltd v Avon Freeholds Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 89.

He has particular experience of commercial debt recovery, personal insolvency, mortgage disputes and landlord and tenant.

Winston takes part in the Chancery Bar’s pro bono CLIPS scheme to assist litigants in person in the High Court. He has also prosecuted for the Bar Standards Board before the Bar Disciplinary Tribunal.

In certain circumstances, Winston accepts direct instructions on a public access basis.

Please choose a practice area from those listed above to obtain details of Winston’s specialisms.

Feedback

“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

“Thank you very much for your typically thorough hard work and attention”: John Gordon, Partner, Wilson Browne Solicitors

“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

Further information

Qualifications

  • MA (Oxon) Jurisprudence, Balliol College, Oxford
  • Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple
  • Bar Vocational Course – Very Competent (2005)

Memberships

  • COMBAR
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit

Background

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.

News & Resources

Limitation period on a counterclaim – section 35 Limitation Act 1980

A party brings a claim within the limitation period, but can the defendant counterclaim, even though the limitation period for their own claim expired before the claimant’s claim was issued? In Al-Rawas v Hassan Khan & Co (a firm) [2017] EWCA Civ 42, the Court of Appeal considered the effect of s. 35 of the Limitation Act 1980 on the limitation period of an original set off or counterclaim and ruled that the answer to the question was “no”.

7th February 2017 Read more

Deregulation Act 2015 – tenancy deposits

The Deregulation Act 2015 received royal assent on 26 March 2015. It contains amendments to landlord and tenant legislation that will come into force during 2015. Sections 30 to 32 deal with tenancy deposits and are already in force.

1st May 2015 Read more

Eviction without a court order

In R (ZH) v Newham LB; R (CN) v Lewisham LB [2014] UKSC 62, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed that, as a general principle, s. 3(2B) of the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 does not apply to licences granted by a local authority

1st December 2014 Read more

Insurance – Coles v Hetherton [2013] EWCA Civ 1704

The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of Cooke J ([2012] EWHC 1599 (Comm) – see August 2012 Round-Up) and with it the repair arrangements of Royal & Sun Alliance (“RSA”). The key elements of the CA’s conclusions can be summarised as follows.

1st February 2014 Read more

CPR 3.9 – Relief from sanctions

The CA has given its first decision on the correct approach to the new version of CPR 3.9 in Andrew Mitchell MP v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 1537.

1st December 2013 Read more

Action for price

Does section 49 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 set out the only circumstances in which a seller of goods can maintain an action for the price?

1st November 2013 Read more

Insurance: Coles v Hetheron [2012] EWHC 1599

The Commercial Court (Cooke J) has decided two preliminary issues in a test case concerning the legitimacy of RSA's repair arrangements following negligently caused damage to its insured's vehicles.

1st August 2012 Read more
Winston Jacob


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Year of Call 2005

Email

winstonjacob@lambchambers.co.uk

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