Jonathan Roberts

j.roberts@rfblegal.co.uk

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

j.roberts@rfblegal.co.uk 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

j.ocallaghan@rfblegal.co.uk 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

r.rahim@rfblegal.co.uk 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

d.oguzkanli@rfblegal.co.uk 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

s.hung@rfblegal.co.uk 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

r.ramdarshan@rfblegal.co.uk Rudi Ramdarshan is a Partner and accredited mediator specialising in commercial and property litigation from the firm's West End office in Baker Street, London. He is recommended in both practice areas with the directory describing him as a 'formidable litigator', 'excellent tactician' and 'a walking encyclopedia of litigation knowledge'.

David Burns

d.burns@rfblegal.co.uk David Burns is a partner specialising in property and commercial litigation from the firm’s West End office in Baker Street, London.

Paul Cain

p.cain@rfblegal.co.uk 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

r.roberts@rfblegal.co.uk 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

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

Piers Desser

p.desser@rfblegal.co.uk 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 g.airey@rfblegal.co.uk 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.

Devorah Ormonde

Devorah qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and joined the firm in 2019 as a Partner and head of the Private Client department.

Paul Stanley

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

Paul Pinder

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

Tamara Manojlovic

Tamara re-joined Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP as a Property Partner in November 2019 having been with the Firm previously for over 3 years.

Our People

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.

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.

Yasaman Asaad

Yasaman Asaad y.asaad@rfblegal.co.uk Yasaman Asaad is a solicitor based in our West End office who specialises in residential and commercial property matters.

Adam Bowes

Adam Bowes a.bowes@rfblegal.co.uk Adam is an associate specialising in family law, based in the firm's City Office.

Chris O'Callaghan

Chris O'Callaghan c.ocallaghan@rfblegal.co.uk Chris joined the firm in 2011 and trained at the firm working in the private client, litigation, property and family departments.

Ezgi Cetin

e.cetin@rfblegal.co.uk 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 a.chouhdry@rfblegal.co.uk Ali Chouhdry is a solicitor based in the firm’s West End Office specialising in Real Estate.

Traudi Chu

Traudi Chu t.chu@rfblegal.co.uk Traudi Chu is a solicitor based in our Old Street office who specialises in residential and commercial property matters.

Veena Devji

v.devji@rfblegal.co.uk Veena Devji is a Real Estate Solicitor in the Baker Street Office and has experience in a variety of commercial and residential property transactions.

Samantha Eaton

Samantha Eaton s.eaton@rfblegal.co.uk Samantha Eaton is a Solicitor in our Manchester Office and specialises in Real Estate.

Berivan Erdogan

Berivan Erdogan b.erdogan@rfblegal.co.uk Berivan Erdogan is a solicitor specialising in Property at the firm’s City Office.

Kate Farkins

Kate Farkins k.farkins@rfblegal.co.uk LinkedIn Kate is a Trainee Solicitor in our Private Client Department.

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.

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.

Samantha Gordon

Samantha Gordon s.gordon@rfblegal.co.uk Samantha Gordon is a Solicitor in our Baker Street Office and specialises in Litigation.

Matthew Groves

Matthew joined the firm as a Trainee Solicitor in February 2019. He has since moved to the Corporate and Commercial Department in the City Office.

Maria Gul

Maria Gul m.gul@rfblegal.co.uk Maria is a solicitor 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 O.Gutovska@RFBLegal.co.uk Olga Gutovska heads up the Europe, Middle East and Africa desk.

Kadri Abu-Hejleh

k.abu-hejleh@rfblegal.co.uk Kadri Abu-Hejleh is a Property Solicitor, based in the City Office.

Maryann Ibeto

Maryann Ibeto m.ibeto@rfblegal.co.uk Maryann is a solicitor at the firm’s Manchester Office, working in the Property department predominantly dealing with residential conveyancing transactions.

Hillay Janebdar

Hillay Janebdar h.janebdar@rfblegal.co.uk Hillay Janebdar is an immigration solicitor based in the firm’s City Office.

Simon Lawrence

s.lawrence@rfblegal.co.uk Simon Lawrence is a 25 year qualified Commercial Property solicitor and a 2019 Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer.

Grace Lowry

Grace Lowry Grace is a solicitor specialising in Property.

Daniel Martinez

d.martinez@rfblegal.co.uk Daniel is an experienced Family solicitor based in the firm's City Office.

Adebola Mayungbe

a.mayungbe@rfblegal.co.uk Adebola has practised at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP since 2009 and specialises in serious and complex crime within the London area and surrounding counties.

Tanaz Nowrouzzadeh

Tanaz Nowrouzzadeh is a solicitor in our real estate department based in our West End office. Tanaz deals with a wide variety of clients in relation to their property transactions, including acquisitions and disposals of both commercial and residential premises, landlord and tenant matters, leases, licences, deeds, option agreements and refinancing.

Selda Ozcan

s.ozcan@rfblegal.co.uk Selda Ozcan joins the firm as an experienced property solicitor having been a Partner at a successful practice in North London.

Priya Patel

Priya Patel p.patel@rfblegal.co.uk Priya is a solicitor and Higher Court Advocate with over 18 years’ experience in Complex Fraud, Business Crime, Professional Discipline, Regulatory and Criminal Law cases.

Sally Richardson

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

Patrick Trevor

Patrick Trevor p.trevor@rfblegal.co.uk Patrick Trevor is a solicitor in the firm’s commercial litigation and property litigation team based at the West End office which is recognised in the Legal 500 as being “technically minded, very responsive and strategic”.

Rokhsareh Vahid

Rokhsareh Vahid r.vahid@rfblegal.co.uk 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 k.wan@rfblegal.co.uk Kristel is a solicitor at the firm’s Manchester office, working in the Property department principally dealing with residential conveyancing transactions.

Bik Wong

b.wong@rfblegal.co.uk Bik Wong is a Solicitor specialising in Family Law in the firm's City office.

Ran Yu

Ran Yu r.yu@rfblegal.co.uk Ran Yu is a solicitor in the Real Estate Department based at our City Office in London

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