Jonothan has considerable experience in both competition and commercial disputes and extensive trial experience having gone through multiple full trials in the High Court. He demonstrates litigation expertise, working on cases ranging from smaller claims in the County Courts to multi-billion-pound cases in the High Court.
Jonothan commenced his legal career as a paralegal at Allen & Overy and trained at Travers Smith across several practice areas, including litigation, investment funds, banking and competition where he became a pivotal member of the firm’s litigation department. He worked full time on Sebastian Holdings v Deutsche Bank, a claim and counterclaim in excess of $2 billion which went to trial in the High Court.
Between 2014 and 2017, Jonothan progressed to Mishcon de Reya and spent three years as a litigation solicitor in their competition team, where the highlight was advising Sainsbury’s in their successful litigation against Mastercard. Most recently, Jonothan practiced at Steeles Law Solicitors in Norwich, his hometown, acting as the sole commercial litigator with full responsibility for the conduct of cases. At Hausfeld, Jonothan will primarily be working on the firm’s emissions claim against Daimler, among others.
Jonothan has also assisted on small claims on a pro-bono basis and he has travelled extensively, advising small business startups abroad.
Jonothan has worked with clients spanning across several sectors, including large retailers, software companies, record labels, construction companies and supermarket chains.
Postgraduate Diploma in Competition Law, Kings College London
Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, London
Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School, London
MA English Language and Linguistics, University of Liverpool
BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, University of Liverpool
Solicitor, England and Wales, 2012
Founder and Member - the Junior Competition Network
His previous competition experience encompasses the following cases:
- Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd v Mastercard: Successful litigation against Mastercard in the High Court and Competition Appeal Tribunal. Sainsbury's were awarded £68m in damages, being at the time the highest ever competition damages award in Europe. Pursuant to Article 101 TFEU and other UK competition laws, arguing that Mastercard's processing fees for debit and credit cards constituted a restriction of competition. Jonothan also advised further retailers on similar damages claims after this successful litigation.
- Microsoft Mobile Oy v Various Batteries Manufacturers: Cartel damages case pursuant to Article 101 TFEU and various other UK, US, Japanese, Korean and Finnish competition laws with parallel international arbitration proceedings and US District Courts proceedings. Microsoft alleged in the High Court that various lithium-ion batteries manufacturers had operated a secret cartel which had deliberately raised the prices of mobile telephone batteries over a 20-year period.
Commercial & Financial Disputes
Prior to joining Hausfeld, Jonothan:
- Advised a global espresso and coffee machine company on a trade mark and copyright dispute in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court over their branded range of machines in the UK.
- Advised on a multi-million-pound farming partnership dispute relating to alleged breaches of the partnership agreement and negotiating the exit of his Partner client.
- Advised a large construction crane-hire company on recovering almost £100k in unpaid invoices from a Belgian construction company, involving cross-border issues of jurisdiction and service abroad.
- Advised a record label in relation to their portfolio of intellectual property and related disputes with their recording artists.
- Advised various clients on: breach of warranties claims arising from the sale and purchases of companies; breach of director’s duties; breach of contract claims including service-level disputes, non-delivery and non-performance; breach of restrictive covenants in relation to employees moving to competitors; various disputes arising from commercial agency agreements in the greetings cards industry; and defamation in relation to malicious posts made against companies on social media.