Jonathan Roberts

Jonathan Roberts
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After obtaining a degree in Modern History at Oxford University, Jonathan joined the firm as an articled clerk in 1973. In 1976 he qualified as a solicitor and became a partner in 1982, and senior partner in 1989.

He has vast experience in dealing with a broad spectrum of work but now specialises in dealing with a range of business clients both in resolving disputes and property matters. Jonathan has a firm and longstanding relationship with many of his clients reflecting the care and commitment he invests in his work.

Jonathan has been included in the Legal 500 as a Recommended Lawyer for a number of years. The Legal 500 2019 remarks that he provides sensible pragmatic advice while previous editions also single out his ‘good depth of knowledge’, being ‘painstaking and accurate’, as well as ‘pleasant to deal with’, as well as having ‘a keen eye for the commerciality of a settlement'; he has ‘outstanding qualities’ which ‘include incredible commercial acumen and an ability to solve the most intractable of cases’.

Jonathan Roberts is known amongst his peers and clients as an exceptional solicitor who has been at the forefront of developments in commercial litigation for the past 30 years. In particular Jonathan led the case of Re D’Jan of London Ltd [1993], the leading authority on director’s liability, the principles of which were codified in the Companies Act 2006. Jonathan is also a Registered Lawyer under The FA Football Agents Regulations.

A selection of significant cases led by Jonathan and reported over the past 30 years include:

  • Islam v Al-Sami and another [2011] EWCA Civ 32 Existence of a loan- Claimants obtaining charging order over property owned by another defendant- first defendant contending second defendant’s property- First defendant caution against registered title of second defendant’s property- Claimant’s issuing proceedings against defendants challenging existence of alleged loan and charge- Judge finding second defendant not indebted to first defendant as alleged- Judge finding loan agreement not a bona fide transaction- Whether judge erring.
  • Chantry Estates (South East) Ltd v Anderson [2010] EWCA 316 Contract terms- Implied terms- Option to buy- Property developers- Sale of property-Specific performance- Summary judgment.
  • Hextalls v Al-Sami [2009] EWHC 3678 (QB) Cost orders- Representation- master was wrong to make an order debarring a paying party from making representations at a costs hearing on the ground that he had failed to comply with earlier court orders.
  • M&J Marine Engineering Services Co Limited v Shipshore Limited [2009] EWHC 2031 (Comm) Enforceability of contract and certainty of terms- Manufacturing agreements-Sale and purchase of goods- Distance negotiations- Whether contract existing based on negotiations and actions.
  • Ofulue v Bossert [2009] 3 All ER 93 Adverse Possession- Defendant admitting owner’s title in defence by counter-claiming for tenancy- Acknowledgement of title in a document- Leading authority on without prejudice privilege- Court considered the issues of proportionality and public interest- Possession proceedings eventually stayed and struck out- Section 15 and 29 Limitation Act 1980.
  • Mortgage Credit Ltd v Kalli [2007] EWCA Civ 1156 Adverse possession- Judicial decision-making- oral evidence-unfair conduct.
  • Koulias v Makris [2005] EWHC 526 (Ch) Abuse of process- beneficial ownership- constructive trusts- proprietary estoppel- resulting trusts- unconscionability.
  • Kyriakides v Pippas [2004] EWHC 646 (Ch) Beneficial ownership- Co-ownership and disposition of property upon death- property registered to father and daughter jointly- Resulting trusts.
  • Hussain v King’s College Hospital NHS Trust [2002] EWCA 1269 Amendments- Appointments- Claims- Doctors- Hospitals- NHS trusts- Race Discrimination
  • Kubiangha v Ekpenyong [2002] EWHC 1567 Beneficial interests- Matrimonial home- Transactions at an undervalue for the purposes of Section 423 Insolvency Act 1986
  • Kuppusami v Kuppusami [2002] EWHC 2758 (Ch) Freedom from encumbrances- Mortgagees’ powers and duties- resulting trusts.
  • Arogol Co Ltd v Rajah [2001] EWCA Civ 454 Possession orders- Protected tenancies- Applicability of Section 34(1)(b) Housing Act 1988 to the facts of the case.
  • Re D’Jan of London Ltd [1993] B.C.C. 646 Winding up- Summary remedy against delinquent directors- Whether a director was negligent in signing insurance proposal- Materiality of director’s 99 per cent ownership of company-Whether director had acted honestly and reasonably and ought fairly to be excused for negligence. Section 212 of the Insolvency Act 1986.
  • Armstrong v Glofield Properties Ltd [1992] P.I.Q.R. P358 Defendant serving a request for further and better Particulars of Claim- Whether the conduct on the part of the Defendant induced the Claimant to incur further costs- Estoppel- Striking out.
  • Peart v Stewart [1983] 2 A.C. 109 Committal Order- Disobedience to orders restraining domestic violence- Committal for period exceeding one month- Whether order in excess of jurisdiction of county court- Section 14 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981.
Jonathan Roberts

Jonathan Roberts' Recommendations

Jonathan Roberts 'gives sensible, pragmatic advice'; Legal 500 2019

Jonathan Roberts... ‘outstanding qualities include incredible commercial acumen and an ability to solve the most intractable of cases’ - Legal 500 2017

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has ‘excellent teams’ that are ‘dynamic and result-driven’. Rudi Ramdarshan is ‘a formidable litigator’ and Jonathan Roberts provides ‘strong backbone’ to the team. - Legal 500 2016

Jonathan Roberts shows ‘good depth of knowledge’ - Legal 500 2015

‘painstaking and accurate’ - Legal 500 2015

Jonathan Roberts has ‘a keen eye for the commerciality of a settlement'.- Legal 500 2014

'Excellent all round advice and service.’

'I am very grateful to Mr. Roberts for steering my charity through a difficult time for us in an extremely professional and efficient manner'

'Very much enjoy working with RFB feel we get sound commercial advice, in good time at a very fair price. Thanks.'

'I was informed of my right and appropriate questions were asked of me. Throughout I was dealt with, with sympathy, understanding and kindness and I left feeling that my confidence had been restored.'

Our Partners

Jonathan Roberts Jonathan Roberts After obtaining a degree in Modern History at Oxford University, Jonathan joined the firm as an articled clerk in 1973. In 1976 he qualified as a solicitor and became a partner in 1982, and senior partner in 1989.

John O'Callaghan John qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and has been a partner in the firm since 1990. John has a broad base of experience in the law with many longstanding client connections, and is a Recommended Lawyer in the 2019 Legal 500, singled out as 'a real expert in the field who knows his game'.

Rakeebah Rahim - Managing Partner Rakeebah has been practising at the firm for over 25 years. As Managing Partner, she has been and remains instrumental in developing the firm’s strategic direction and embodies the firm’s core values.

Deniz Oguzkanli Deniz Oguzkanli heads the firms International Investment Department. He regularly acts for overseas investors in their commercial and residential deals and property transactions in the UK.

Sarah Hung Sarah Hung is a Real Estate lawyer and Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer for commercial property. She has extensive experience in commercial property with a particular focus on investment and development transactions and licensing work.

Rudi Ramdarshan Rudi Ramdarshan is a Partner and accredited mediator specialising in commercial and property litigation. He is cited as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 2019 rankings in the field of Property Litigation, with the directory stating that he ‘brings extraordinary judgment to complex commercial issues'. He is based in the firm’s West End office in Baker Street, London.

David Burns David Burns is a Partner of the firm specialising in property and commercial litigation from the firm’s West End office in Baker Street London.

Paul Cain Paul Cain is a Partner in the Real Estate department and has been a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer for a number of years.

Rebecca Roberts Rebecca is a Partner at the firm, practising at our London City offices. She specialises in Company and Commercial work and also has experience in the associated fields of Employment and Commercial Litigation. She is a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer.

Afsheen Nasr Afsheen Nasr is a Partner at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP, with a particular expertise in Property and Probate, acting for individuals, businesses and financial institutions. She is a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer.

Piers Desser Piers is an experienced Solicitor-Advocate specialising in Criminal Litigation. He is a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 2019, leading the 'tenacious' Crime practice.

Mustafa Abbas

Mustafa Abbas Mustafa Abbas is a Partner based in the West End Office specialising in commercial and residential property matters.

Gerard Airey

Gerard Airey Gerard qualified as a Solicitor in 2008 and from that point he practised employment law at one of the UK’s largest employment law firms for just under 11 years. He joined the firm as a Partner in the Employment Law department in 2019. Gerard has extensive experience of advising and litigating in employment law, having dealt with over 1000 cases. He has a wealth of experience in advising on unfair dismissal, redundancy (including protective award claims), discrimination (including sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, disability, age and religion and belief) harassment and victimisation, whistleblowing, TUPE, equal pay, holiday...

Pammi Babbra Pammi Babbra is a solicitor and Partner of the firm and specialises in contentious matters with an emphasis on High Court commercial disputes. These can involve other jurisdictions, satellite proceedings in foreign courts and foreign enforcement. After practising in the City for over ten years, Pammi is now based in the firm’s West End office in Baker Street.

Esat Degirmen Esat Degirmen is a solicitor and Partner of the firm and specialises in property law and Real Estate transactions. He has significant experience of complex commercial property transactions, development, residential property investment, and leasehold enfranchisement.

Paul Stanley Paul Stanley is a solicitor and Partner of the firm and works from the Manchester office.

Our People

Tufayel Ahmed

Tufayel Ahmed Tufayel Ahmed is a Solicitor based in Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP’s West End Office specialising in Real Estate and Commercial Property matters.

Olga Aleksandrova

Olga Aleksandrova Olga is a dual-qualified solicitor of England and Ukraine and works in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Department based in the City office. She specialises in company and commercial matters, and has experience in the related areas of law. Prior to joining Ronald Fletcher Baker, Olga worked in a number of international law firms in the UK and abroad. She is experienced in advising multi-million cross border corporations on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters as well as High Net Worth Individuals based in the UK and overseas. Olga manages the firm’s Russia, Ukraine & CIS Desk and acts...

Irina Apekisheva

Irina Apekisheva Irina is a solicitor at the firm’s Litigation department based at the West End office and specialising in commercial and property litigation. Irina is part of the Property Litigation team recognised by the Legal 500 2017 as having a “unique dynamic” and “a well-integrated and exceptionally talented property litigation team”.

Yasaman Asaad

Yasaman Asaad Yasaman Asaad is a solicitor based in our West End office who specialises in residential and commercial property matters.

Chris O'Callaghan

Chris O'Callaghan Chris joined the firm in 2011 and trained at the firm working in the private client, litigation, property and family departments. Chris is now an associate in the Private Client Department.

Ezgi Cetin Ezgi is a qualified Solicitor working in our Real Estate Department at our City Office.

Jonathan Chan

Jonathan Chan Jonathan Chan is a Solicitor based in the West End Office specialising in commercial and property litigation.

Ali Chouhdry

Ali Chouhdry Ali Chouhdry is a solicitor based in the firm’s West End Office specialising in Real Estate.

Traudi Chu

Traudi Chu Traudi Chu is a solicitor based in our Old Street office who specialises in residential and commercial property matters.

Pinar Demir

Pinar Demir Pinar is a solicitor within our Conveyancing department and she specialises in residential and commercial property, including, freehold/leasehold sales and purchases together with re-mortgages and other conveyancing matters.

Veena Devji Veena Devji is a Real Estate Solicitor in the Baker Street Office and has experience in a variety of commercial and residential property transactions.

Berivan Erdogan

Berivan Erdogan Berivan Erdogan is a solicitor specialising in Property at the firm’s City Office.

Ben Frost

Ben Frost Ben Frost is a solicitor and accredited mediator in the firm’s commercial litigation and property litigation team at the West End office. The Legal 500 has recognised the team as having a “unique dynamic” and “a well-integrated and exceptionally talented property litigation team”. Ben has individually been recognised by The Legal 500 2019 as a Recommended Lawyer.

Laura Gomme

Laura Gomme is a Legal 500 2019 Recommended Lawyer, specialising in litigation at the firm’s West End office in Baker Street, London. Described as 'client focused, pragmatic and one to watch for the future', she is part of the team recognised by the Legal 500 2017 as being a well-integrated and exceptionally talented property litigation team which has a unique dynamic. Laura’s practice covers property, probate and commercial litigation in particular complex matters arising out of trusts.

Maria Gul

Maria Gul Maria is a paralegal specialising in Property transactions at our Baker Street office. She deals with Sales, Purchases and Leasehold matters on a daily basis and takes great pride in her work.

Olga Gutovska

Olga Gutovska Olga Gutovska is a Consultant at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP.

Kadri Abu-Hejleh Kadri Abu-Hejleh is a Property Solicitor, based in the City Office.

Maryann Ibeto

Maryann Ibeto Maryann is a paralegal at the firm’s Manchester Office, working in the Property department predominantly dealing with residential conveyancing transactions.

Hillay Janebdar

Hillay Janebdar Hillay Janebdar is an immigration solicitor based in the firm’s City Office. Hillay specialises in Immigration and heads the Immigration Department. Having worked in Immigration for over ten years, she has a vast amount of experience in dealing with the points based system including entrepreneur and investor visas, asylum, human rights, unlawful detention, deportation, nationality and European law cases. She has acted for clients from across the world and her clients range from high net worth individuals to those seeking protection in the United Kingdom and human rights claimants including senior politicians and intelligence officers. Her multi-lingual...

Anees Khan

Anees Khan Anees Khan is a Solicitor based at our Manchester Office, specialising in property related matters, with a focus on Residential and Commercial Property. He is experienced in dealing with a broad range of residential conveyancing matters, having worked on varying property transactions and has acted nationally for clients ranging from first time buyers to high value property investors. Anees has successfully acted in freehold and leasehold matters, including but not limited to, Buy to Let, Right to Buy, Shared Ownership, New Build and Auction Properties. Anees has also gained experience in Commercial Property matters and has acted in a variety...

Simon Lawrence Simon Lawrence is a 25 year qualified Commercial Property solicitor and a 2019 Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer.

Daniel Martinez Daniel is an experienced Family solicitor based in the firm's City Office.

Adebola Mayungbe Adebola studied Law at Staffordshire University and obtained an LLB Law degree. Adebola trained in criminal law, family law and property law.

Selda Ozcan Selda Ozcan joins the firm as an experienced property solicitor having been a Partner at a successful practice in North London.

Sally Richardson

Sally Richardson Sally Richardson is a specialist property solicitor based in our City Office.

Aman Sandhu

Aman Sandhu Aman Sandhu is a Real Estate solicitor, based in the City office.

Natasha Southam

Natasha Southam Natasha is a Solicitor in the firm’s Private Client department having completed her training contract in a renowned Surrey firm.

Raphael Steele Raphael Steele practices from the firm’s London criminal litigation department .

Rokhsareh Vahid

Rokhsareh Vahid Direct dial: 0161 507 3658 Mobile: 0780 676 8401 Rokhsareh joined the firm in 2017 as a Sanctions and Banking Specialist. She assists Iranian individuals and companies in relation to all aspects of UK law as well as non-Iranians with their Iran-related matters.

Kristel Wan

Kristel Wan Kristel is a conveyancer at firm’s Manchester office, working in the Property department principally dealing with residential conveyancing transactions.

Bik Wong Bik Wong is a Solicitor specialising in Family Law in the firm's City office.

Ran Yu

Ran Yu Ran Yu is a solicitor in the Real Estate Department based at our City Office in London

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