Jay Jagasia > Chambers of Anna Vigars KC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Anna Vigars KC
Guildhall Chambers
23 BROAD STREET
BRISTOL
BS1 2HG
England

Work Department

Commercial; property and estates; environment; planning.

Position

Jay is a leading commercial and chancery junior and is recognised as such in the leading directories, where he is recognised in three different practice areas in both directories. He is the head of the Property and Estates team in Chambers. His work and experience extend across all areas of commercial and property litigation and principally involves work in the Business & Property Courts and specialist property tribunals. In addition to his commercial and chancery work, Jay also a has considerable advisory and litigation experience on matters relating to environmental and energy law.

Jay has been involved in a number of leading cases, including a case ranked in The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2018 (the Premier Motorauctions litigation, at first instance and in the Court of Appeal), Anderson v Sense (at first instance and in the Court of Appeal) and, most recently, in the very significant test case of Adams v Options (formerly Carey) (in the Court of Appeal).  He has appeared in courts and tribunals up to and including the Court of Appeal.

Jay advises on all aspects of the law of real property and trusts (particularly those with a property element). He is the head of Chambers’ leading Property, Trusts & Estates team and is separately recognised in both directories as a leading junior for his property litigation work. He was recently involved as sole counsel at first instance and as co-counsel on appeal in the significant leasehold enfranchisement case of Field and others v Freehold Properties 250 Ltd [2020] Ch 665.

Jay has litigation and advisory experience in the following key areas:

  • Landlord and tenant (residential and commercial)
  • Boundary disputes and adverse possession
  • Easements and profits
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Cohabitation disputes and trusts of land
  • Mortgage disputes
  • Enfranchisement
  • Nuisance (private and statutory)
  • Pre-emption
  • Highways and public rights of way
  • Village greens
  • Torts affecting land
  • Conveyancing disputes
  • Title and registration
  • Trusts
  • Statutory compensation claims

Career

Jay undertakes a wide variety of commercial work and has a particular interest in banking and financial services litigation. He is separately recognised in the directories as a leading junior for his commercial, professional negligence and banking and finance work, and has been involved in a number of significant cases.

Memberships

UKELA.

Education

  • Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School – Distinction
  • LLB, University of Warwick – First Class
  • HBSc (Environmental Sciences & Biology), University of Toronto

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Jay JagasiaGuildhall Chambers

At Guildhall Chambers, the ‘exceptionally brightHugh Sims KC has an excellent reputation for representing claimants and defendants in professional negligence disputes involving solicitors, surveyors, accountants and other professionals. John Virgo has established strength in cases in the financial arena, while Oliver Manley has niche expertise in handling cases involving negligent immigration advice. Jay Jagasia regularly acts for financial institutions in professional negligence matters. James Wibberley is singled out for his solid experience in handling claims brought against solicitors.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Jay JagasiaGuildhall ChambersJay provides very solid technical advice and he is good on his feet.’

Guildhall Chambers stands out as an ‘excellent go-to chambers for commercial disputes‘ and houses ‘specialists in financial services regulatory litigation‘. In a recent case highlight Hugh Sims KC, who heads up the practice, is leading James Wibberley in URE Energy Limited v Notting Hill Genesis, involving a £4m damages claim regarding the alleged wrongful repudiation of an electricity supply contract. Jay Jagasia provides ‘quick, efficient and commercial advice‘ on a broad range of contentious banking work. In May 2022 Samuel Parsons moved to Erskine Chambers.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Property and construction

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Jay JagasiaGuildhall ChambersJay has the ability to assimilate complex instructions quickly and provide clear, focused advice. He is very approachable and puts clients at ease. Persuasive in court when the need arises.’

Guildhall Chambers attracts praise for its ‘significant expertise and depth in property disputes‘. Jay Jagasia heads the set’s property and estates team, and regularly represents claimants and defendants in a range of contentious work, including adverse possession, landlord and tenant and boundary disputes. Recent highlights include Oliver Mitchell acting as junior counsel before the Court of Appeal in Promontoria (Oak) Limited v Emanuel, concerning combined appeals arising from long-running litigation involving redacted documents of title. William Batstone is sought after for his established expertise in handling agricultural and rural property disputes, and Julian Allsop is a key name for construction law. In 2021 Ewan Paton was appointed a Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal; Matthew Wales was appointed to the district bench; and Brittany Pearce moved to St John’s Chambers.