Jennifer Seaman

The directories say

"A junior rising in prominence who receives acclaim from peers" 

- Chambers UK 2015

Jennifer regularly appears as a sole advocate in both the High Court and County Courts and has appeared, as junior counsel, in the Court of Appeal and in the Supreme Court. 

She has been instructed on two recent, high-profile Supreme Court cases: Futter v. HMRC [2013] UKSC 26 and Benedetti v. Sawiris [2013] UKSC 50.

Jennifer’s practice includes all areas of chancery and commercial work, in particular:

  • Pensions
  • Trusts and Probate
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • Contractual and commercial disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Company, partnership and LLP disputes
  • Insolvency
  • Property litigation
  • Civil fraud



Professional Reputation

Jennifer is recommended as a Leading Junior in the field of Pensions in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. 

 Chambers & Partners UK 2016: “A highly sought-after junior in the pensions industry... Her practice is supported by her related expertise in trusts and probate law.”  “She gives us quick turnarounds when necessary and she is good on her feet too.

 Legal 500, 2015: “An able advocate in her own right



Notable recent cases


Jennifer’s recent cases include:


  • Butcher; Sharp v. Hutchins [2015] EWHC 1240 (Ch). Jennifer acted for the successful Claimant, Mr Sharp, in upholding a Will under which Mr Butcher left his entire Estate to Mr Sharp, a builder and his friend.
  • GE v. KE [2013] EWHC 1938 (Farm); [2014] Farm. Law 1113. In June 2013, Jennifer successfully appeared on behalf of the administrators of the deceased's estate and his widow in a dispute as to whether the widow was legally married to the deceased at the date of his death.  The case consisted of a 5 day trial in the Family Division and involved matters of Nigerian customary law. 

  • Futter v. HMRC[2013] UKSC 26. Jennifer was instructed, with Robert Ham QC and Richard Wilson, to act as junior counsel for the Appellant trustees in their appeal to the Supreme Court, which concerned the existence and limits of the principle known as the rule in Re Hastings Bass. Instructed by Withers LLP.

  • Hallett v. Hallett. In July 2012, Jennifer successfully appeared on behalf of the Claimant widow, who was awarded 50% of the deceased’s net estate under the 1975 Act, following a 2 day trial.

  • Re Hampel Discretionary Trust 1999 [2012] EWHC 2395 (Ch). Jennifer successfully appeared on behalf of the applicants to rectify an inter vivos trust deed, which did not represent the applicants’ intentions.

  • Keith Maxwell Tamlin & Ors v. Holly Holbrook Samuel Edgar & Ors (Times, February 23, 2012) Acted (as sole counsel) for the Third Defendant, a beneficiary under two related family trusts. The case concerned the Claimant trustees’ application for the Court’s approval of advancements to wind-up the two trusts. Instructed by Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

  • Jennifer acted as junior counsel (with Gilead Cooper QC and Andrew Child) on behalf of a professional trustee, in relation to a substantial application for Beddoe relief. The proceedings were heard in private in the Chancery Division by Lindsay J in May and June 2010. Instructed by Boodle Hatfield LLP.


  • Ballinger & Anor v. Mercer Ltd & Anor [2014] EWHC 372 (Ch) and[2014] EWCA Civ 996.   Jennifer is instructed with Fenner Moeran QC to act on behalf of the defendant companies who provided actuarial services to the pension scheme in a claim brought by the current trustees of the scheme.   
  • Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd v Applegate [2012] EWHC 3741 (Ch) and [2013] EWHC 2536 (Ch).  Jennifer acted on behalf of the trustees of the Konica Minolta pension scheme in proceedings commenced by the employer for rectification of the scheme rules.  A trial of preliminary issues was heard in December 2012, which concerned the application of statutory preservation requirements.  Summary judgment on the rectification claim was granted in August 2013.   

  • Entrust Pension Ltd v. (1) Prospect Hospice Ltd and (2) Yvonne Hunter [2012] EWHC 1666 (Ch) and [2012] EWHC 3640 (Ch). Jennifer acted, with Fenner Moeran, on behalf of the Second Defendant, a representative member of the ‘Flexiplan’ pension scheme, in a two stage trial regarding the level of benefits due to scheme members. Instructed by Eversheds LLP.
  • McCall v. ITN & Baker.  In 2012, Jennifer acted with Sarah Asplin QC on behalf of ITN in a claim concerning the construction of the ITN pension scheme.  Instructed by Addleshaw Goddard LLP and Burness LLP.

  • Re Great Lakes (UK) Limited Pension Plan (2011); Chemtura Manufacturing UK Ltd.  In 2011, Jennifer acted with Sarah Asplin QC on behalf of the Trustees of the Plan in response to a Warning Notice issued by the Pensions Regulator, in connection with an alleged shortfall.  Instructed by Burges Salmon LLP.


  • Benedetti v. Sawiris [2013] UKSC 50. Jennifer was instructed, with Mark Howard QC (of Brick Court Chambers) and Andrew Twigger QC, to act as junior counsel for Mr Benedetti in his appeal to the Supreme Court, which concerned issues of restitution and the valuation of a quantum meruit award.

  • Portpin v. Antonov.  Jennifer is instructed with Andrew Twigger QC, to act on behalf of the Claimant, the previous owners of Portsmouth FC, in relation to the enforcement of a third party guarantee.

  • Trade Air Airline Support Ltd v. Kingdom Holdings Company.  In 2012, Jennifer acted on behalf of Kingdom Holding Company in a commercial dispute concerning the Kingdom’s private 747 aircraft.  Instructed by Hogan Lovells LLP.

  • Arab Banking Corporation & ABC Islamic Bank v. Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers (AHAB) (2011) Jennifer was instructed, with Andrew Twigger QC, to act on behalf of ABC and ABCIB banks to recover a sum in excess of US$100 million from AHAB, a partnership based in Saudi Arabia.  The case was set to be one of the largest cases before the commercial court in 2011, but ended on the 4th day of trial after AHAB admitted contractual liability. Instructed by Herbert Smith LLP.






Professional Memberships


Chancery Bar Association


Association of Pension Lawyers




Jennifer read law at New College, Oxford, where she was awarded a New College Law Scholarship. She subsequently obtained the BCL at New College, Oxford, focusing on restitution, trusts, civil procedure and international economic law. Jennifer completed the BVC at BPP, and received the Wigglesworth, Hubert Greenland and Hardwicke scholarships from Lincoln's Inn.


Other experience


Before joining Chambers, Jennifer spent a period of time as an intern in the litigation department at Clyde & Co LLP, and at a specialist litigation firm, Trief & Olk, in New York.

Since becoming a tenant, Jennifer has undertaken a short secondment to the pensions department of Eversheds LLP, London and to the dispute resolution department at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP.




Co-Author of the article “An Exercise in Good Citizenship?” on the Pitt v Holt and Futter v Futter decisions in TQR Oct 2013.

Author of LexisNexis Practice Note: “The Principles governing the Construction of Pension Trust Deeds and Rules” (Sept 2013).

Author of LexisNexis Practice Note: “Limitation Periods in Pension Claims” (Jan 2013).

Contributor to Tolley’s Pension Law chapter: “Dispute Resolution and Pension Scheme Litigation”.

Author of LexisNexis Practice Note: “Seeking Guidance from the Court: Part 8 Claims” (Oct 2011).



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