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Jonathan Davey QC

Call: 2003    QC: 2016

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Jonathan has extensive experience of business and commercial litigation across a range of courts and tribunals. His commercial legal expertise is supplemented by his experience in business in the UK, USA and Europe prior to coming to the Bar. Jonathan’s commercial practice is broad, reflecting his “impressive breadth of his expertise” (Chambers & Partners) and the fact that he is recommended in the legal directories across a range of fields including real estate, private client, tax and private wealth. Key elements within Jonathan’s commercial practice include:

Partnership and company disputes including related tax. For example:

  • Ingenious Film Partners 2 LLP v HMRC [2019] UKUT 0226 (TCC) – £1.6 billion dispute concerning partnerships involved in the film industry
  • Clark v HMRC [2018] UKUT 397 (TCC) (Court of Appeal hearing listed for early 2020) – dispute concerning offshore corporate and trust structures used to liberate pension funds
  • Seven Individuals v HMRC [2017] UKUT 132 (TCC) – multi-million pound dispute concerning partners investing in partnerships involved in the creative industries
  • Acornwood LLP v HMRC [2016] UKUT 36 (TCC) – £400 million dispute concerning creative industry limited liability partnerships

Commercial property transactions. For example:

  • Acting for high profile public body in commercial dispute in respect of multi-million pound option agreement relating to substantial real estate portfolio [2019].
  • Multi-million pound commercial dispute resolved by arbitration concerning the construction of complex contractual arrangements in respect of a real estate portfolio comprising over 1000 commercial properties [2018].
  • Re real estate portfolio of leading UK University [2017]: Multi-million pound dispute concerning the basis upon which a major UK University holds its real estate portfolio.
  • Camden Market Holdings Inc v IBRC [2015]: Dispute concerning rights under complex security arrangements in respect of assets worth £400m.
  • Century Projects Limited v Almacantar (Centre Point) Limited [2014] EWHC 394 (Ch): High value commercial property dispute in respect of rights relating to iconic central London property, Centre Point Tower on New Oxford Street.
  • Secretary of State for Justice v Topland Group [2013]: £23m commercial fraud dispute in respect of a transaction involving substantial central London business premises. Jonathan acted for the Secretary of State for Justice.

Rare artwork and other cultural items. For example:

  • Sotheby’s, Italian Ministry of Culture and others v Mazzarelli: Interpleader claim concerning disputed ownership of allegedly stolen medieval Italian religious and cultural manuscripts.
  • Acting in dispute regarding ownership rights in relation to significant 17th century (post-Ming, pre-Qing dynasty) Chinese porcelain collection.