Gareth Jacques

Called 2007

Practice overview

Gareth practices exclusively in financial remedies and TOLATA applications.

Gareth regularly acts and advises in the most complex of financial remedies cases including those with a high net value.

Gareth has a particular expertise and interest in acting in agricultural divorce cases with a large asset base, both in the local courts and at High Court Judge level in London. Living in rural Lincolnshire, Gareth has a thorough understanding of the particular needs and intricacies of such cases.

Matrimonial Finance

Gareth regularly represents both husbands and wives following the breakdown of their marriage and the subsequent financial remedy proceedings before the courts. Gareth is able to provide expert advice in conference before proceedings have been issued to advise the client as to a realistic settlement, in the hope of avoiding litigation.

Gareth regularly appears before courts across the East Midlands (and before High Court Judges of the Family Court in London) on financial remedy cases and handles cases where expert reports are needed in relation to pensions and specialist business valuations.

Gareth has significant experience on advising clients in relation to Trusts, which may arise during the financial remedy proceedings, including nuptial settlements.

Gareth is known for the clarity of his advice and the sensible, client-focused way in which he approaches financial remedy cases.

Cases with an Agricultural Element

Living in rural Lincolnshire and being a member of the local farming community, Gareth has a particular interest and expertise in advising and representing clients in financial remedy cases that have an agricultural element to them, be it land or livestock. These cases commonly include advice as to Trust Deeds and Settlements which are so often found in cases with an agricultural element.

Gareth’s expertise in such cases has been recognised by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners Guide to the Bar and Gareth’s reputation across the East Midlands in relation to such cases is formidable.

In this niche practice, Gareth frequently represents both farmers and their ex-spouses in the most difficult and complex divorce case across the country, including in London.

Prenuptial / Cohabitation Agreements

Gareth advises on and drafts prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements for people who wish to settle their financial matters in advance of any marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation.

He has given seminars to local solicitors on this evolving area of law and regularly provides clear written advice to clients on their proposed agreements.

Unmarried Couples

Gareth is skilled at representing unmarried couples that have separated and need to resolve their finances following the breakdown of their relationship under TOLATA proceedings. This area of law is complex, and Gareth’s analytical skills and knowledge of the procedure and law have helped guide many clients and solicitors through TOLATA proceedings.

Committal Applications

Gareth is skilled at the bringing and defending of committal applications financial remedy proceedings. Recent cases have seen Gareth secure the committal to prison of parties for breaching undertakings and failure to disclose assets in financial remedy proceedings.

Committal applications require a close attention to detail given the prescriptive nature of the rules that govern this particular area. Gareth is able to advise on and draft such documents that are required to have an effective committal or defence.

Practice areas

Financial remedy

Recommendations

“Experienced in handling divorce cases involving large agricultural estates. "Brilliant in all respects, especially on complex finance issues." "Very smart and very personable." (Chambers Guide to the Bar 2019)

"Has excellent advocacy skills and is tenacious in cross-examination." "He is extremely knowledgeable on complex financial proceedings and his preparation is second to none." (Chambers GUide to the UK Bar 2018)

"Regularly acts in divorce cases involving large agricultural asset bases." (The Legal 500 2017)

"Gareth is really competent, very skillful and a fluent advocate." "Excellent advocacy skills and tenacious in cross-examination." (Chambers Guide to the UK Bar 2017)

"Particularly experienced in matrimonial finance matters" (The Legal 500, 2016)

"His strengths are his depth of knowledge, judgment and natural ability as an advocate" (The Legal 500, 2015)

"I just wanted to extend a huge thank you today for all you have done. You have been a star and so supportive. You really went the extra mile and have scored huge Brownie points with the Family Team!"

Recent cases

Gareth recently appeared in the High Court and successfully argued in front of Holman J for the setting aside of a divorce secured overseas by one party to the marriage which prevented the other side from applying for financial relief in England.

A further case involved representing a husband during agricultural financial relief proceedings following a 20-year marriage with assets of over £6.2 million. The husband retained the farm and land and an order was approved by the Court in line with his advice.

 

Professional background

Gareth graduated in Jurisprudence from Oriel College, Oxford in 2006. He was awarded the Wilfred Clothier Prize and a Major Exhibitioner Award from the Inner Temple in 2006. He completed the Bar Vocational Course in 2007 at Nottingham Law School and was called to the Bar in 2007.

Gareth is a qualified advocacy trainer with the Inner Temple and regularly teaches advocacy to BPTC students and Pupil Barristers.

 

"Brilliant in all respects, especially on complex finance issues."

Chambers Guide to the UK Bar 2019