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Jonathan Chew

Call: 2010   

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Professional Liability

Jonathan’s principal professional liability work arises out of his property, commercial and pensions work. This involves acting for and against a wide range of professions: accountants, solicitors, construction professionals and trustees. He has also appeared in the Privy Council in a veterinary professional negligence claim (RCVS v Holmes [2011] UKPC 48).

Examples of Jonathan’s professional liability work 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.
  • Acting with Joanna Smith QC on a FRC investigation into a major audit firm and certain employees of an AIM-listed company arising out of the business’ collapse and restructuring.
  • (Twintec v Volkerfitzpatrick [2014] BLR 150.) A construction professional negligence claim which was one of The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases of 2014” where a tenant was claiming over £100m against its landlord, with contribution claims against contractors and subcontractors.  Jonathan was led by Joanna Smith QC in the dispute relating to a wine factory in the South West and successfully obtained an interim injunction in that case restraining adjudication.
  • Successfully defending a solicitors’ firm in a county court trial arising out of the inheritance tax consequences of a sale of property and distribution of proceeds.