Jonathan currently stands top of the pile in terms of KCs for heavy and important property litigation and property-related professional negligence work. In 2023, Legal 500 says that Jonathan’s “advocacy skills and powers of persuasion are second to none … controlling the courtroom” and that he is “very user-friendly, a creative strategist and a superb advocate. Always impresses clients”. Another edition said that “his analysis is razor sharp” and “he is very bright and highly commercial”.
In 2022, Jonathan was awarded Chambers & Partners’ Real Estate Silk of the Year, for the fourth time (a record), along with The Legal 500’s Award for Real Estate, Environment and Planning Silk of the Year. In 2023, Jonathan won Chambers & Partners’ Professional Negligence Silk of the Year. Jonathan has accomplished these plaudits with a simple approach: his enormous success and enduring popularity has been achieved by immensely hard work, deep attention to detail, speed and decisiveness.
Jonathan is presently involved in many of the leading cases in property litigation and property-related professional negligence and is widely respected and admired for bringing to every matter, irrespective of how complex, clarity, commitment and care. Jonathan is strongly of the view that technical excellence in legal matters can be found quite easily: what makes the difference in terms of a successful lawyer are abilities on top of those – the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with clients and in particular to reflect their commercial objectives; the ability to think strategically about how to counter the move that the enemy is going to make next (even if it hasn’t yet thought of it itself); and ultimately, the ability to persuade the court to do something that it wouldn’t otherwise do.
Jonathan has been Deputy Head of Chambers at Wilberforce since 2016.