Jonathan Ward



36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
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Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
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Clerked by:
Harry Young


Jonathan spent two years (2013 –2015) at one of the leading offshore law firms, as in-house counsel in the British Virgin Islands. He developed expertise in private international law across a range of cross-border disputes, with an emphasis on shareholder and fraud work. He acted for the liquidators and provisional liquidators of, amongst other things, international hotel chains and airlines; appeared weekly in the BVI Commercial Court as sole counsel, often on heavy applications, and appeared regularly in the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal (including the successful appeal on the leading BVI case on forum non conveniens).

Other experience: freezing injunctions, anti-suit and anti-enforcement injunctions, forum challenges, arbitral enforcement under the New York Convention, cross-border receiverships, and fund disputes.


“First rate intellect”

Chambers UK


Since being called to the bar in 2007, Jonathan has developed a broad experience across the spectrum of commercial dispute resolution. He has appeared as sole counsel in multi-day trials and heavy applications in the High Court; has regularly appeared in arbitrations and adjudications and upon the enforcement of resulting awards, both at home and abroad; and has served as part of a counsel team in several multi-week trials, both in the English High Court and in the Commercial Court of the British Virgin islands.

Jonathan is authorised to accept public access cases in appropriate circumstances.

Jonathan recently appeared in Amey v Cumbria County Council ([2016] EWHC 2856 (TCC)), a four-month trial in the TCC

Year of Call: 2007 (England); 2013 (British Virgin Islands)

Areas of Expertise


Recent cases:

Amey LG Ltd v Cumbria County Council - [2016] EWHC 2856 (TCC)

Company A v Company B (arbitration business) - [2017] EWHC 2319 (QB)

A One Distributon Ltd v Rotronic Instruments (UK) Ltd - [2017] EWHC 1813 (TCC)

Dynniq UK Ltd v Lancashire County Council - [2017] EWHC 3173 (TCC)





Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association

British Irish Bar Association



BVC (Outstanding, Northumbria)

GDL (Distinction, Northumbria)

BA (Class I, Birmingham)



Legal 500 2015 (British Virgin Islands): “First rate intellect”

Chambers and Partners 2014 (UK): “very thorough and user-friendly”

Chambers and Partners 2013 (UK): “Tipped by market sources as an up-and-comer to watch. He has a broad commercial practice."


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