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 a significant 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.
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Jonathan’s practice embraces commercial, company, and technology and construction disputes (including procurement), with a particular emphasis on matters with a technical or scientific element. 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.
Year of Call: 2007 (England); 2013 (British Virgin Islands)
Amey LG Ltd v Cumbria County Council -  EWHC 2856 (TCC)
Company A v Company B (arbitration business) -  EWHC 2319 (QB)
A One Distributon Ltd v Rotronic Instruments (UK) Ltd -  EWHC 1813 (TCC)
Dynniq UK Ltd v Lancashire County Council -  EWHC 3173 (TCC)
Society of Computers and Law
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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