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Jonathan Chew

Call: 2010   

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Practice Overview

Jonathan is a property, pensions and commercial chancery barrister. He has a specialist professional negligence practice on matters arising from his core work.

He has been repeatedly recommended in the directories:

“Comprehensive in his approach, an impressive and effective advocate.” (The Legal 500 2019)

He is excellent at rolling up his sleeves and getting stuck in, he really knows his stuff and he inspires confidence in both solicitors and clients. (Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2018)

His opinions and written submissions were excellent (Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2017)

He’s very hard-working, bright and a really good team player.” (Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2017)

He is instructed on one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases for 2019 (as he was in both 2015 and 2014) and listed in Who’s Who Legal.

Jonathan is as comfortable acting as sole counsel as being led as part of a wider team. He has particular experience of substantial High Court trials. As sole counsel he has appeared in the Court of Appeal, regularly appears in the High Court (Chancery Division, QBD, Comm Court and TCC), and before various tribunals including the FTT, UT or Pensions Regulator DP, often against silks or senior juniors. He is regularly instructed to appear before the DIFC Courts in Dubai, and acts in mediations and arbitrations.

Current ongoing matters include:

  • Canary Wharf v European Medicines Agency [2019] EWHC 335 (Ch): In the much-publicised “Brexit” case, Jonathan acts with Joanne Wicks QC for the landlord Canary Wharf in arguing that Brexit will not frustrate the EMA’s lease. Having succeeded at first instance, permission to appeal the decision has been granted to be heard by March 2020.
  • Re Mitchells & Butlers Pension Plan (ongoing): a major pensions dispute, led by Michael Tennet QC and Edward Sawyer, on rectification, RPI/CPI, and the validity of amendments.
  • Acting for pension fund trustees, led by Michael Tennet QC, on a dispute with the FTSE 250 sponsoring employer over the power to move away from RPI pension increases.
  • Barclays v Kapoor: Acting as sole counsel in the DIFC Courts for Barclays on a multi-million-dollar guarantee claim.

Other reported cases include:

  • Reedbase v Fattal [2018] 2 P&CR: Jonathan appeared as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal for the successful landlord on the first appellate case on a landlord’s obligations to consult and a change in proposed works, and the first in the Court of Appeal for over 25 years on the obligation to make good.
  • Tavira Securities v Point Ventures FCZO [2017] CFI 26: acting as sole counsel against a silk in a jurisdiction challenge in the DIFC in litigation relating to an alleged share
  • Knapper v Francis [2017] L&TR 20: appearing as sole counsel before the Upper Tribunal on the operation of on-account demands under the terms of the lease and the 1985 Act consultation regime.
  • Matchmove v Dowding [2017] 1 WLR 749: led by Jonathan Seitler QC on a leading recent case relating to constructive trusts.
  • MASNOL v Cripps Harries Hall [2016] EWHC 2483 (Ch): led by Jonathan Seitler QC successfully defending two solicitors accused of fraud in a major Chancery Division trial.
  • Pollock v Reed [2016] Pens LR 129: led by Robert Ham QC, acting for the employer on a attempted scheme restructuring through a bulk transfer without member consent.