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Jonathan Chew

Call: 2010   

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Practice Overview

Jonathan is recommended as an up-and-coming junior in Chambers and Partners and described as “very hard-working, bright and a really good team player.” In both 2014 and 2015, he was instructed in one of The Lawyer’s “Top 20” cases of the year.

Jonathan has a broad practice across chambers’ main practice areas. It encompasses pensions, property (including landlord and tenant), domestic and international commercial work, and trusts. He regularly acts on professional negligence claims related to this core area, and ancillary company and insolvency issues arising.

As well as being regularly led in the High Court, Court of Appeal and internationally, Jonathan acts as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal, High Court (Chancery Division, Commercial Court, QBD and TCC) and county court.  Outside court, Jonathan appears before tribunals (such as the FTT or Pensions Regulator DP) and at mediations or settlement meetings.

Other highlights include:

  • MASNOL v Cripps Harries Hall [2016] EWHC 2483 (Ch). Led by Jonathan Seitler QC, Jonathan successfully defended two lawyers accused of an £11 million conveyancing fraud arising out of buy-to-let lending in 2007. The individuals involved were fully exonerated of the dishonesty accusations against them.
  • Caliendo v Mishcon de Reya [2016] EWHC 150 (Ch). One of the Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases of 2015.” Jonathan, led by Ian Croxford QC and Clare Stanley QC, successfully acted for the defendant firm in defeating a professional negligence claim brought arising out of the sale of QPR football club to Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone in 2007.
  • Re London Quantum Retirement Benefit Scheme (Determinations Panel, 8 Feb 2016). Acting as sole counsel (against Fenner Moeran QC), for the Original Trustee who had been removed by the Regulator facing allegations of misconduct, breach of trust,  and pensions liberation.
  • Damac Park Towers v Ward (CA 006/2015, 14 December 2015.) Jonathan was led by Rupert Reed QC on the appeal in the DIFC Courts in Dubai. Rupert and Jonathan, having been brought in for the appeal, overturned the trial judge’s decision on the construction of a “reservation agreement” for the purchase of off-plan property in Dubai.
  • Matchmove v Dowding (permission [2015] EWCA Civ 313; full appeal forthcoming.) The dispute concerns constructive trusts, proprietary estoppel and section 2 of the 1989 Act. Jonathan, having obtained permission as sole counsel, is led by Jonathan Seitler QC for the appeal.
  • Phillips v Francis [2015] 1 WLR 741. Jonathan acted with Jonathan Seitler QC for the successful appellant on the leading case on the meaning of ‘works’ for landlord and tenant consultation purposes.

Recent successes in his own name include appearing in the Court of Appeal (Matchmove v Dowding [2015] EWCA Civ 313), winning a heavily-fought 11-day county court trial, and a reported High Court case (Dany Lions v Bristol Cars [2014] 2 All ER (Comm) 403.) His cases have been referred to in leading texts such as Chitty, Lewison and the White Book.