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Jonathan Chan

Commercial Litigation / Property Litigation / Education Law

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Jonathan Chan is a Partner specialising in commercial litigation, international arbitration and property litigation from the firm’s West End office in Baker Street, London. For many years Jonathan has been individually recognised by The Legal 500 as a Recommended Lawyer and a Key Lawyer. Jonathan is described as “one who fights hard” and “is sought out by East Asia and Hong Kong based clients for commercial litigation”. 

Jonathan is experienced in a wide variety of disputes, often involving a cross-border and multi-jurisdictional element, including work in the Court of Appeal, High Court and the County Court. Jonathan is also regularly instructed in relation to International Arbitration disputes, including under LCIA and ICC Rules. 

Regularly acting on behalf of both individuals and companies alike, Jonathan is often instructed in a wide spectrum of commercial disputes including shareholder and company/partnership disputes, high-value debt recovery, disputes relating to distressed projects, unfair prejudice petitions and the enforcement of foreign judgments. 

Jonathan is also sought after by developers and asset managers to advise on both residential and commercial property disputes, including real property disputes, landlord and tenant disputes and vacant possession strategies. 

Outside of work, Jonathan is a fitness enthusiast and a keen sportsman. 

  • Successfully challenging a decision by the Office for Students by judicial review: R (on application of Bloomsbury Institute Limited) -v- Office for Students (2020) EWCA Civ 1074.
  • Acting in a multi-jurisdiction case relating to an outstanding debt of c. $25million USD.
  • Acting for a Hong Kong Company in respect of a dispute relating to shares of a UK company held on constructive and/or resulting trust for and on behalf of the Hong Kong Company (value: c.£4.5million).
  • Acting in an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of an oil and gas terminal near Baku, Azerbaijan (London seat, English law).
  • Acting for a Bioscience and renewable energy PLC in a LCIA arbitration concerning a breach of a collaboration framework agreement and nominated subcontractor agreement (London seat, English law) (c. €2million).
  • Acting for an US biopharmaceutical company in a LCIA arbitration concerning failures to deliver under an implementation agreement (London seat, English law) (c. $5.75million).
  • Acting in relation to an unfair prejudice petition relating to a company incorporated in Hong Kong (valued c.$300million HKD).
  • Acting on behalf of a consortium of Higher Education providers in a dispute which would have seen their business, valued in excess of £73million, cease to exist.
  • Acting in relation to a multimillion-pound shareholder dispute: Markus Pedriks -v- Serge Grimaux [2019] EWHC 2165 (QB)
  • Acting in respect of a dispute concerning a defaulted loan facility which was secured against a portfolio valued in excess of £14million.
  • Acting in relation to the revesting of a property valued in excess of £2.5million to a dissolved SPV incorporated in the Isle of Man.
  • Advising on the grant of wayleaveas and compulsory purchase orders in respect of a hotel development valued in excess of £250million.
  • Successfully defending a claim relating to an alleged breach of sales contracts of a luxury home valued £3.6million plus, warranties and duties owed under the Defective Premises Act 1972.
  • Regularly advising in relation to unlocking the true development value of project sites.

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