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Jonathan Davey QC

Call: 2003    QC: 2016

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Jonathan is an experienced property practitioner. He is the current editor of Butterworths Property Law Handbook  (with Benjamin Faulkner). Prior to taking Silk, Jonathan was shortlisted for the Chambers & Partners’ Property Junior of the Year award.

Jonathan is recommended as a leading property practitioner in Chambers & Partners where he is described as very hands-on, user-friendly and accessible, an absolute pleasure to work with – bright, thorough, well prepared”“impressive”“phenomenally bright”, and “an accomplished advocate”.

He is recommend in The Legal 500 for his real estate work which is described as “thorough, well judged and impeccable”, and his general approach “enormously enthusiastic”.

Jonathan’s real estate practice extends across the full range of issues that arise in respect of both commercial and residential property, freehold and leasehold. His clients range from individuals to corporate entities to government departments. He acts in disputes resolved through litigation, arbitration and expert determination and also advises transactional lawyers. Jonathan has particular expertise in respect of high value property disputes involving complex financial aspects.

Some representative cases include:

  • £150 million property arbitration [2019]: High value dispute regarding ownership of various elements within major commercial property estate.
  • Project Blue Limited v HM Revenue and Customs [2018] UKSC 30: Supreme Court case regarding £1 billion sale of Chelsea Barracks by the Ministry of Defence, raising a number of important issues including that of the relationship between English mortgage law and Islamic finance principles.
  • Estate of Lady Hood v HMRC [2018] EWCA Civ 2405 – High profile Court of Appeal test case concerning the meaning of “property” in the context of leases and estate planning in relation to the family home.
  • 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.
  • Dispute re £1 billion property portfolio [2016]: High value arbitration regarding interpretation and effect of contractual framework in respect of management of major national commercial property portfolio.
  • 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 to the Supreme Court was refused.
  • 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).