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Jonathan Davey QC

Call: 2003    QC: 2016

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Property

Jonathan was appointed QC in 2016.

He was shortlisted for Chancery Junior of the year for the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015, and Property Junior of the Year for the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2014.

Prior to taking silk, Jonathan served on the Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel to the Crown, the most senior of the 3 Crown Panels.

Jonathan is a highly experienced and respected property litigator. His practice extends across the full range of issues that arise in respect of both commercial and residential property, including complex financial disputes.

He is recommended as a leading property practitioner in Chambers & Partners where he is described as “extremely impressive”, “phenomenally bright”, “an accomplished advocate”, “user-friendly” and “a pleasure to work with” in relation to complex and high value real estate litigation.

He is the editor of Butterworths Property Law Handbook (with Joanne Wicks QC and Benjamin Faulkner).

Jonathan’s clients range from individuals to corporate entities to government departments.

While acting in his capacity as a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel to the Crown, Jonathan has regulated acted for the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Transport and other departments in respect of complex property matters.

Some representative cases include:

  • Nicholas v Secretary of State for Defence [2015] EWCA Civ 53: Human rights / property test case concerning compatibility of landlord and tenant legislation in respect of Crown tenancies with European Convention on Human Rights. Jonathan acted successfully for the landlord in the Court of Appeal. The tenant’s application for permission to appeal is currently before the Supreme Court.
  • Phillips v Francis [2014] EWCA Civ 1395: Key landlord and tenant test case concerning the obligations of landlords to consult with tenants in respect of works of repair. Jonathan acted successfully for the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in the Court of Appeal.
  • Camden Market Holdings Inc v IBRC [2014]: Dispute concerning rights under complex mortgage arrangements in respect of assets worth £400m. Jonathan acted for the liquidators of the mortgagees (with Antony Zacaroli QC).
  • Century Projects Limited v Almacantar (Centre Point) Limited [2014] EWHC 394 (Ch): High-value commercial property dispute between landlord and tenant in respect of iconic central London property, Centre Point Tower on New Oxford Street. Jonathan acted for the tenants (with Jonathan Gaunt QC). Injunction application went to the Court of Appeal.
  • Secretary of State for Transport v Blake [2013] EWHC 2495 (Ch): Human rights / property test case concerning compatibility of landlord and tenant legislation in respect of Crown tenancies with European Convention on Human Rights, and the proper construction of contractual notices. Jonathan acted successfully for the landlord.
  • Secretary of State for Justice v Topland Group and others [2012]: £23m dispute involving alleged fraud in respect of a transaction involving substantial central London commercial premises. Jonathan acted for the Secretary of State for Justice (with Simon Browne Wilkinson QC and Philip Brook-Smith QC).