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Civitas Law, Gareth Jones, Cardiff, WALES

Gareth Jones

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Civitas Law (Civitas Law)


Gareth’s practice in principally in the fields of wills, trusts, probate, inheritance, land, banking. He also practises in personal injury, typically medical negligence and fatality cases. Chancery, business and consumer: Gareth is recognised in the Legal 500 as a specialist trusts barrister, and is the only barrister thus recognised in Wales. His interest in trusts extends to all aspects of this topic ranging from express trusts (including will trusts) to those such as constructive and resulting trusts arising informally, for example out of cohabiting relationships and under the Trust of Land and Trustees Act 1996. He combines this with other traditional areas of Chancery, especially land-based actions such as boundary and easement disputes and Landlord and Tenant. Gareth has appeared several times before the Land Registry Adjudicator. He also includes banking and guarantees in his practice and has an increasing engagement in personal insolvency. Elderly clients and their protection also feature in his practice, and in particular, the setting aside of transactions for undue influence and unconscionable bargain. Perhaps the fastest growing area of his practice is contentious probate, including, but in no sense limited to, Inheritance Act claims. Administration of estates, including insolvent estates, also features in his practice, and removal of awkward and recalcitrant trustees and executors is something of a speciality. Although based in Cardiff, Gareth will happily travel and has conducted many cases in North Wales whilst he also has a growing practice in the South East of England and is often before the Chancery Division in London. Notable Cases: Sidhu v Strinati 2008 Chancery Division. Action in relation to the alleged wrongful inclusion of part of a building in a Transfer of land, also issue surrounding a right of way. Solicitors: KTP Solicitors Porth; Cretford Limited v Tustin 2008 Chancery Division. Action in relation to alleged breach of Directors duties, passing off, misuse of confidential information. Solicitors: Oakley and Davies, Cardiff; Jeffrey Jones v Yvette Jones 2008 Chancery Division. Action alleging constructive trust in relation to property of a couple formerly married, divorced and then re cohabiting. Solicitors: Hutchinson Morris, Neath; Bartlett v Miles 2008 Swansea County Court. Action between former spouses involving issues of resulting trust, in which issues of restitution and subrogation also raised. Solicitors: Rollingsons London; Pasiewicz v Jones Aberystwyth County Court 2008 (4 days). Action between vendor and purchase of house, alleging misrepresentation in sale, claiming damages. Solicitors: Moseley and George, Aberystwyth; Creigau Tyres v Robert Thomas Investments Limited, 2008 Chancery Division. Action between Landlord and Tenant over breach of covenant for insurance, repair, access routes and counterclaim for alleged breach of covenant for subletting and non payment of rent. Solicitors: PJE, Porth; Re Estate of Miles 2008 Chancery Division variation of trust underage beneficiary. Solicitors: Hugh James, Cardiff; Josie Leech v Stevens 2008 Southend on Sea County Court. Trusts of Land Act 1996, Equitable Accounting; Re Eynon (deceased) (2010) Chancery Division, Contentious Probate (capacity); Reid v Rees (2010) Chancery Division, Undue Influence; Ratcliffe v Lloyd (2010) Constructive Trust intervention in a family case; Gittoes v Davies (2010) Chancery Division, Undue Influence; Smith v Topham (2010) Chancery Division, removal of executor and trustee; Re Burmicz (deceased) (2011) Chancery Division, London – Removal of Executor and consequential orders; Herefordshire CC v Haynes (2011) Land Registry Adjudicator – Boundary dispute at school; Re Martindale (deceased) (2011) Chancery Division, London – Contentious Probate (capacity); Akbari v Jaynes (2012) Land Registry Adjudication (adverse possession); Numerous Inheritance Act cases.


Qualified 1991. Employed Allen and Overy, Wilde Sapte, City of London 1987 to 1991; Pupil Crown Office Chambers 1991/1992; Tenant 33 Park Place 1992 to 2008; lecturer (continuing education), Law Society of Wales 2004 onwards.


Downing College, Cambridge (1983-86 MA Law); Cambridge University Squire Scholar 1984; Downing College Prize 1984; Guildford Solicitors Finals 1987.

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