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Jenny McKeown

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Jenny is an established name in the contentious trusts arena, widely recognised for her experience in complex, high value, trust disputes in the private wealth, pensions, banking and financial services sectors (both onshore and offshore).  She acts for corporates, trustees, financial services firms, financial institutions, insurers and private individuals.
Jenny has acted on a number of high profile claims and trust disputes both onshore and offshore.  Her experience ranges from advising on technical areas of rectification and construction of trust documentation to applications for disclosure of information and seeking to hold trustees to account.

Jenny has particular expertise in professional negligence claims against trustee advisors and representing trustees in fraud proceedings.

Jenny is valued by clients for bringing a commercial and pragmatic approach to complex legal issues.  She also has extensive experience of third party litigation funding and insurance arrangements and recovering assets obtained in breach of trust.

She is regularly asked to speak at conferences on topical issues and has written a number of published articles.  


London: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Jenny McKeown (dispute resolution) - Stephenson Harwood

Within: Pensions

Stephenson Harwood 'has an excellent reputation in the pensions litigation market' with team co-head and 'tremendous litigatorHelena Berman, the 'first-rate and strategically brilliantJenny McKeown and the 'brilliant' co-head Philip Goodchild making the group 'a first choice for clients'. Recent mandates include representing the representative beneficiary of the BT Pension Scheme in proceedings opposing the BT's application to change the scheme's price index, acting for Honda Motor Europe and Honda of the UK Manufacturing in rectification claims, and representing the trustees of the Barnardo's Staff Pension Scheme in the Supreme Court in a claim relating to indexing issues. The non-contentious group is led by the 'knowledgeable and experiencedMark Catchpole; he advised Bic Pension Scheme on issues relating to benefits payable to different member classes and assisted the Bank of Montreal with the introduction of new arrangements. Clients also single out senior associate Naeem Noor, who 'always delivers'.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Jenny McKeown - Stephenson Harwood

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Stephenson Harwood has ‘assembled a highly talented and effective contentious trusts team’. The ‘highly experiencedJenny McKeown  is ‘tenacious and pragmatic; she manages her team and clients extremely well and leaves no stone unturned in the quest to get the right answer and then a win for her client’. The ‘commercial and constructive’ Helena Berman is also recommended. At associate level Kasia Sikora-Sikorski has a ‘keen eye for detail and an absolute mastery of the facts’. Alice Scott-Gatty is ‘really excellent with a strategic insight of someone many years her senior’ and Peter Gillis  is ‘insightful, commercial and pays good attention to detail’.  In a complex and multi-jurisdictional matter the team is acting for the Ong family who claimed that the house in which they once lived was the subject of a trust in which they are the beneficiaries. The ‘slick’ group routinely advises high-net-worth clients on a broad range of contentious trusts and probate matters frequently with an offshore element.

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