| Call 2014
Jonathan joined Radcliffe Chambers in October 2015, after completing pupillage here under the supervision of Elizabeth Ovey, Shantanu Majumdar, Mark Mullen and Marcus Flavin. His practice spans the full range of Radcliffe Chambers' chancery and commercial practice areas, with a particular focus on private client, insolvency, property and commercial work.
Experience and Expertise
Jonathan has been instructed to appear in the High Court, County Court and First-Tier Tribunal, including the following work:
- A three day multi-track trial, representing an adult child claimant under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
- Applications in the High Court to remove caveats entered against wills, placing the onus on the caveator to bring probate proceedings.
- Applications in the Companies Court including to begin and to end administration, for a validation order during winding-up proceedings, for permission to re-use the trading name of a company in liquidation and for the rectification of the register of company charges.
- Defending a mortgage possession claim on behalf of a trustee in bankruptcy, successfully relying on the statutory power to adjourn despite the expiry of the mortgage term.
- Appearing in the High Court on behalf of a company director in response to an application for a freezing injunction.
- High Court proceedings to enforce a Tomlin Order, starting with an application to add parties as defendants to the proceedings to enable enforcement and progressing to an application for charging orders and the questioning of a judgment debtor.
- Trials on the small claims track and fast track concerning IT service contracts, variations to service charges, property disrepair, and fly-tipping.
- Successfully representing a bank in defence of a claim concerning the retention of an individual's details on a database of fraudulent activity.
- Court of Protection work including a successful application for appointment of a property and affairs deputy which was contested by the prospective patient and one of her sons.
- Numerous landlord and tenant possession claims, including successfully resisting an appeal in a case concerning the retrospective effect of the Deregulation Act 2015.
- Successfully making a renewed application for permission to appeal the costs decision of a High Court Master.
Outside court, Jonathan has experience in advising on a range of matters arising before and during litigation, including the following:
- Making and defending challenges to wills on grounds including forgery, undue influence, lack of capacity and want of knowledge and approval.
- The merits of making and resisting applications for a declaration of the beneficial shares in properties owned by cohabitants where the relationship has broken down, and on the appropriate level for settlement offers in these situations.
- Advising on and drafting proceedings for a claim by a trustee in bankruptcy where the bankrupt had previously sought to purchase a property through a company but the company had been dissolved by the time contracts were purportedly exchanged.
- The application of the principles of double recovery where a settlement is reached with one of a number of defendants who are jointly and severally liable.
- Advising and drafting a defence for a guarantor of an insolvent company’s overdraft.
- The merits of claims by insolvency practitioners against the former directors of insolvent companies.
- Leasehold matters including the recoverability of maintenance works through service charges, the extension of long leases, and a tenant’s right to require the freeholder to take action against a noisy neighbour.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Jonathan read Jurisprudence at Balliol College, where he was a Brackenbury Exhibitioner. He later studied for the BCL, writing a dissertation on trusts of the family home.
Jonathan has written a published article on Quistclose trusts: 'Was Lord Wilberforce Right After All?' (Trusts & Trustees 2013. Issue 19, at pages 176-189). He also contributes to chapters in Tolley's Employment Law Service and Tolley's Employment and Personnel Procedures.
2009 - 12: BA in Jurisprudence, Balliol College, University of Oxford (First Class)
2012 - 13: BPTC, Manchester Metropolitan University
2013 - 14: BCL, Balliol College, University of Oxford
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