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Jonathan particularly enjoys commercial work with an added layer of complexity. Often this arises from an international element, from additional fraud, tracing or breach of trust claims, or simply from a badly-drafted contract.
Jonathan’s practice encompasses international commercial litigation and arbitration, including fraud claims, as well as property, construction and trusts. His recent Dubai-based work has included:
Recent highlights of Jonathan’s commercial practice include:
- An ongoing jurisdiction challenge in the DIFC Courts relating to an alleged international share purchase instruction, acting as sole counsel
- Working as sole counsel on a multi-million pound arbitration relating to provision of services in the Middle East in a Dubai-based arbitration.
- Advising on and obtaining a Norwich Pharmacal order against a major bank in order to further investigate a mutli-million pound fraud perpetrated on a group of investors.
- Ongoing litigation in the English High Court relating to the establishment of a tourism joint venture in Dubai.
More broadly, Jonathan has recently appeared in the latest Court of Appeal case on constructive trusts and estoppel (Matchmove v Dowding  1 WLR 749), and will be in the Court of Appeal as sole counsel on an upcoming appeal on the proper measure of damages for disrepair. As part of a wider counsel team, he has experience of, and success in, hard-fought multi-week trials (MASNOL v Cripps  2483 (Ch) and Caliendo v Mishcons  EWHC 150 (Ch)).
He is listed as “up and coming” in Chambers & Partners 2018 as “excellent at rolling up his sleeves and getting stuck in, he really knows his stuff and he inspires confidence in both solicitors and clients.”