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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)

Professional Liability


Jason has regularly advised both insurers and insured on the interpretation of a variety of insurance policies.


Jason has a good deal of experience of claims against IFAs. Past experience has included pension claims and film finance schemes.


Jason has extensive experience of claims against solicitors (including claims relating to conveyances, leases, break notices, by third parties, loss litigation claims and claims for loss of a chance) and barristers (including claims relating to settlements).

Valuers & Surveyors

Jason has extensive experience of claims by purchasers and lenders, claims relating to domestic and commercial property, claims concerning defects and valuations advice and claims relating to duties of care and damages.

Selected Cases

  • Haylett v Cayton [2015] EWHC 1951 (Comm) (Colin Edelman QC) – Jason advised and acted throughout in this case dealing with the break-up of a professional negligence claims handling and solicitors’ enterprise (Opponents: William Flenley QC and Francis Bacon).
  • Stagecoach South Western Trains Limited v Hind & Ors [2014] EWHC 1891 (TCC) (Coulson J) – Jason advised and acted throughout on instructions from Morgan Cole and then BLM in this case dealing with the duties owed by tree surgeons and the like.
  • Metropolitan Venues Limited v Watson Burton [2014] EWHC 883 (QB) (HHJ Pelling QC) – Successful defence of high value solicitor’s negligence claim involving collateral contracts, implied retainers, misrepresentation and duties of care to non clients in the context of a sub-purchase (Opponents: Mark Cannon QC & Elizabeth Tythcott).
  • Lingfield Properties (Darlington) Limited v Padgett Lavender Associates (A Firm) [2007] EWHC 2989 (QB) (2008) 1 EG 134 (Tugendhat J) – Jason advised and acted throughout on instructions from Watson Burton LLP and Charrington Insurance in this complex £16m claim against a professional town planner who was alleged to have let lapse very valuable planning permission for an out-of-town retail development.
  • Lingfield Properties (Darlington) Limited v Padgett Lavender Associates (A Firm) [2008] EWHC 2795 (QB) (Tugendhat J) – Section 51 non party costs orders in a professional negligence context.
  • Del Grosso v Payne & Payne [2007] EWCA Civ 340 (2007) 151 SJLB 336 – Solicitor’s negligence claim arising out of advice given in connection with the lease of nightclub premises – amendments outside the limitation period.
  • Demarco v Bulley Davey [2006] EWCA Civ 188 [2006] PNLR 27 – Claim against insolvency practitioners for loss of a chance to annul a bankruptcy order, correct measure of damages.
  • Copeland v Smith [2000] 1 WLR 1371 (CA) – Barristers – duty of counsel to the court.
  • Secured Residential Funding v Nationwide Building Society [1997] EGCS 138 [1997] NPC 147 – Surveyor – misrepresentation – duty of care. (see also Coates and Evans-Tovey, “Duty of Care of Professional Advisers” (1998) 142 Sol Jo 60).
  • Europe Mortgage Co v Halifax Estate Agencies [1996] EG 84 (CS), [1996] NPC 68 – Surveyor – whether lender should give credit for sums recovered under a MIG policy.
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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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