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Jason Evans-Tovey

Call 1990

“He is rigorous in his attention to detail and has very good judgement." "He is a very intelligent barrister, a powerful and subtle analytical thinker and a joy to work with."
(Chambers & Partners 2019)


In addition to experience of the usual array of contractual issues (e.g. misrepresentation, battle of the forms, incorporation of contractual terms, implied terms, collateral warranties, interpretation of clauses, termination, restrictive covenants and damages) and the usual array of contractual settings (contracts for the sale of shares, contracts for the sale of goods, contracts for the supply of goods and services) Jason has a great deal of experience and an extensive advisory and advocacy practice in franchising disputes and other licence agreements (including computer licence agreements) both in the domestic and European markets. He has considerable experience of claims relating to the termination of franchise agreements by franchisors or franchisees, claims relating to the enforceability of non-compete and non-solicitation covenants and other post term obligations, as well experience of claims for misrepresentation including the scope and effect of relevant clauses. He has extensive experience of seeking interim remedies (e.g. interim injunctions and freezing orders) especially to enforce restrictive covenants.

Selected Cases

  • Cape Distribution Limited V. Cape International Holdings [2016] EWHC 1786 (QB)  [2016] EWHC 1119 (QB): Major commercial litigation relating to asbestos claims and more particularly the rights and liabilities of Cape companies under sale agreements, insurance policies with Aviva and the 1978 Act.  At issue are combined contractual and company law points about the transfer of liabilities rather than law relating to loss and damage suffered by asbestos claims generally.  Jason acted on behalf of the Capre Distribution Limited and was led by Michael Kent QC.
  • Advising and acting for a major licensor of table grapes in an ICC arbitration.
  • Advising and acting for a Spanish hotel operator in a major contract dispute with a large and well-known tour operator.
  • Acting for a manufacturer against a foreign agent in an arbitration relating to oil industry products shipped to Libya and the scope of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations.
  • Advising and acting in a sizeable contract dispute arising out of a share sale/purchase agreement relating to the care home industry.
  • Seeking or resisting various non-compete, non-solicitation and other injunctions in franchise disputes.
  • Advising on the meaning and scope of an intra-group asset agreement in the construction industry.
  • Acting for a franchisor in the Court of Appeal in relation to the true meaning of provisions within a franchise agreement.
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  • Arden Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
  • Senior Scholar
  • Lizette Bentwich Prize
  • Norton Rose Conflicts of Law Prize
  • LLM, University of Virginia
  • MA (1st Class), Trinity College, Cambridge


  • PNBA


“He’s very affable, very approachable, easy to work with and clearly very sharp.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Jason is excellent at planning for trial from the outset. His early advice is invaluable for ensuring that key issues are identified and pursued.”

Legal 500, 2022

“He goes over and above. His advice is technically very sound, very clear, and he is very good with clients.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“He is exceptionally bright and sees the big picture when advising.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is an excellent trial barrister. Jason saw the long view early on and was able to ensure that the key issues were aired early in the dispute.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“He is phenomenally bright and sees the big picture. Where some might simply deal with what is in front of them, he ensures that all angles are covered before recommending a particular way forward.”; “He is a very thorough, competent and effective practitioner in the field. Very pleasant to deal with.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“He is rigorous in his attention to detail and has very good judgement.” “He is a very intelligent barrister, a powerful and subtle analytical thinker and a joy to work with.”

Chambers & Partners, 2019

“An excellent advocate and his drafting skills are magnificent.”

Legal 500, 2019

“Thorough in his preparation and magnificent on his feet.”

Legal 500, 2017

“He’s very easy to work with, commercial, robust and practical, and he can be a bruiser in court when required.”

Chambers & Partners, 2017

“I’ve used him on cases where I would have been happy to instruct a silk. He is a pleasure to work with and he doesn’t just sit on the fence, he gives us an answer for where he thinks the case should go.”

Chambers & Partners, 2017

“He is very highly regarded.”

Legal 500, 2016

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