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Jonathan Chew

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Jonathan’s practice spans the range of property work: in substance, from City skyscrapers to Cornwall holiday parks; in type from landlord and tenant through registration and mortgage issues to questions of titles and easements; and from tribunals from the Court of Appeal to the FTT. He also has experience of obtaining injunctions against squatters and protestors.

In addition to his litigation work, he often advises on matters which may become contentious, such as the interpretation of covenants, the scope of easements, or the extent of rights of light.

He often acts for major institutional clients, whether major London estates or substantial tenant companies (such as high-street supermarkets, pub chains, or fast food chains).

His ongoing work includes:

  • A pending appeal before the Court of Appeal relating to consultation under the 1985 Act regime, making good, and the proper approach to damages. Jonathan succeeded as sole counsel on an 11-day trial at first instance.
  • Acting for investors victims of a property fraud in relation to a major development site in central London.
  • Acting for the supermarket tenant on an ongoing dispute in relation to one of its premises, having successfully agreed an interim solution having applied for an interim injunction.

Reported cases include:

Knapper v Francis [2017] L&TR 20, appearing as sole counsel before the Upper Tribunal on the operation of on-account demands under terms of lease and 1985 Act. This case gave landlords certainty that an on-account demand would not subsequently be rendered
unrecoverable by later events.

Matchmove v Dowding [2017] 1 WLR 749, led by Jonathan Seitler QC, on a leading recent case relating to the continuing questions around constructive trusts, informal agreements to sell, and section 2 of the 1989 Act.

Wensley v Persons Unknown [2017] EWHC 872 (Ch): acting for Cuadrilla and associated farmers on injunction proceedings relating to protests against fracking.

MASNOL v Cripps Harries Hall [2016] EWHC 2483 (Ch), led by Jonathan Seitler QC successfully defending two conveyancing solicitors accused of fraud arising out of lending made months before the credit crisis hit.

Phillips v Francis [2015] 1 WLR 741, led by Jonathan Seitler QC for the successful appellant on the leading case on the meaning of ‘works’ for landlord and tenant consultation purposes under the 1985 Act.

Century Projects v Almacantar [2014] EWHC 394 (Ch), led Jonathan Seitler QC, on  number of related disputes over the restaurant at the top of the Centre Point Tower on Oxford Street in the course of its proposed redevelopment. Jonathan and Jonathan
successfully resisted an interim injunction.