Jonathan is recommended for Commercial Chancery work by Chambers UK, which describes his advocacy as “excellent”. He has substantial experience across a broad range of commercial and chancery litigation, with a particular emphasis on the following areas:
- General commercial and contractual disputes;
- Civil fraud, tracing and asset recovery;
- Corporate insolvency and bankruptcy;
- Company and partnership disputes;
- Trust litigation;
- Property law;
- Landlord & Tenant (both commercial and residential); and
- Professional liability.
Jonathan appears regularly in the High Court (particularly the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court) both as a sole advocate and as a junior, but has also appeared in the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council, as well as the County Courts and some specialist tribunals. He also worked on a number of very high value cases in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands while on secondment in the litigation and insolvency practice group of Appleby.
In addition to his trial experience, which includes appearing un-led in complex and lengthy High Court trials, Jonathan has advised and appeared on a wide range of interim applications, including applications for freezing and proprietary injunctions, committal orders, security for costs, orders for cross-examination, civil restraint orders and disclosure orders.
Before being called to the Bar, Jonathan read Modern Languages at Trinity College, Oxford, where he was a scholar and was awarded a distinction in his preliminary examinations and a first in his final examinations. He subsequently completed the Diploma in Law (CPE) at City University, gaining a distinction and winning the Maitland Advocacy Prize, and was classed as outstanding at Bar School. He was also a Harmsworth Scholar and Queen Mother Scholar of the Middle Temple.
Current and recent cases
Jonathan’s current and recent cases include:
- BTG International v Genzyme Corporation (2016) – Junior Counsel for the Claimant in a claim seeking circa. $25 million in royalties due under an agreement which licensed the development and sale of drugs containing an antibody called Campath-1H.
- Yedina v (1) Yedin, (2) Skelling Limited (2016) – Sole Counsel for the Defendants in a dispute worth several million pounds concerning ownership of properties in London, Moscow and Cyprus and various obligations under a deed.
- Re: An Offshore Gas Dispute (2016) – Junior Counsel for the Claimant in a claim valued at well over €500 million arising out of agreements to supply engineering and technical services for the development of a large offshore oil and gas field in the Barents Sea near Norway
- Re: A Company (2016) – Junior Counsel for the Claimant in a claim seeking payment of commission due in respect of a financing transaction related to an oil and gas development project in Romania
- C v D (2016) – Instructed on behalf of various principal parties in two substantial LCIA Arbitrations concerning an international financial services business;
- Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees SA (as trustee of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust) v the Director of the Serious Fraud Office & Others (2015) – appeared for the Applicant in a series of applications in the Tchenguiz litigation in the Commercial Court. Appeared as sole advocate for parts of the applications and led by Lord Pannick QC, Catherine Newman QC and Mark Cunningham QC for other parts;
- AB International (HK) Holdings Plc Ltd v AB Clearing Corp Ltd (2015) – represented the defendants to an arbitration claim (with Nicholas Peacock QC), successfully resisting applications in the Commercial Court for relief made in connection with a pending LCIA Arbitration;
- JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov & Ors (Dregon Land proceedings) (2014-2015) – appeared in the Court of Appeal (with Catherine Newman QC) in 2014 on an appeal from an interlocutory order in complex and high value proceedings on behalf of third parties in dispute with the Claimant bank regarding the ownership of a Russian logistics park. During 2015 appeared in a number of interlocutory hearings in the Commercial Court;
- E v F (2014) – Instructed in proceedings concerning sponsorship agreements between a Formula One team and a driver;
- Re a Restaurant (2014) – Represented a London restaurant in forfeiture proceedings brought by its landlord;
- Bank of Scotland plc v Greville Development Company (Midlands) Ltd & Ors (2014) – appeared (un-led) at a 5 day trial in the High Court (Ch.D) on behalf of the successful Claimant bank in a claim arising out of the forgery of DS1 forms used to discharge the bank’s security for very substantial unpaid loan facilities. Freezing injunctions and associated orders (including cross-examination on asset disclosure) had been obtained at the start of the proceedings and money judgment was entered at trial for over £1.7m, together with declarations made in the bank’s favour regarding a large number of forged documents;
- Bank of Scotland plc v Greville Development Company (Midlands) Ltd & Ors (2014) – at a further and final hearing in the same matter, obtained complex orders rectifying the Land Register so as to remove forged leases and third party legal charges and reinstate the Claimant bank’s prior charges with full priority;
- Favor Easy Management Ltd, Samuel Tak Lee v Fuk Fei Wu (2013) – appeared (with Anthony Trace QC and Ciaran Keller) in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning ownership of two hotel buildings in West London;
- Balgobin v South West Regional Health Authority, Privy Council,  1 AC 582;  3 W.L.R. 698;  4 All E.R. 655; Times, May 15, 2012 - represented (with Tom Grant QC) the successful Appellant in the Privy Council (Lord Kerr, Baroness Hale, Lord Hope, Lord Brown, Lord Wilson) in an appeal concerning the doctrines of election and merger in judgment;
- Re a Company (2011) - Acted (with Anthony Trace QC and Benjamin John) in a substantial fraud and conspiracy claim in the Commercial Court which arose out of the sale of a well-known online energy price-comparison business;
- Wimpole Theatre v JJ Goodman Ltd - Appeared (un-led) in a 4 day trial in the High Court (QBD) concerning various arrangements made in respect of the running of a theatre in the West End of London;
- Acted on behalf of surveyors defending a number of lender claims raising (inter alia) various complex questions arising out of programmes of securitisation undertaken by the claimant lenders;
- Advised and appeared on behalf of a large banking group in number of claims brought by mortgagors seeking to set aside their mortgages;
- Successfully represented two mortgagors in proceedings brought to recover their home from a sophisticated fraudster to whom they had fallen victim, and to obtain relief from a mortgage he had secured over that home;
- Obtained in the Chancery Division a novel form of Noueiri v Paragon Finance relief to bolster an extended civil restraint order by simultaneously restraining the activities of the vexatious litigant’s lay representative;
- Acted (with Gregory Banner) in a complex breach of confidence action brought in the Chancery Division by a security company alleging theft of highly sensitive customer data by a former employee;
- (As a member of the litigation team at Appleby in the Cayman Islands) represented a Saudi national sued in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands for 9.2 Billion USD for alleged fraud and conspiracy. A 9.2 Billion USD freezing injunction against him dating from July 2009, one of the largest ever obtained in a common law jurisdiction, was discharged in September 2011 for material non-disclosure with indemnity costs and inquiries as to damages ordered;
- Appeared (with Paul Girolami QC) at the trial of a claim brought by a large pharmaceutical company against various groups of animal rights extremists (sued in CPR 19.6 representative proceedings) to bring an end to harassment of its employees;
- Appeared (with Christopher Parker QC) on behalf of members of the Colony Room Club in Soho in a dispute over control of the club and its finances.
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