Jonathan Lester

Practice Overview

Jonathan focuses on property, commercial disputes, and professional negligence, but his capability extends to all areas of Chambers’ offering. As well as in the County Court, he has represented clients in the High Court and the First-tier Property Tribunal.

Before being called to the Bar, Jonathan practised as a solicitor for over 4 years, the majority of which was spent at a leading professional negligence firm in the City where he specialised in claims for secured lenders and real estate investors. Jonathan also provided non-contentious advice on compliance with the FCA Handbook.

As well as his imaginative application of the law, Jonathan’s prior experience as a solicitor allows him an insight into the practicalities of litigation which those instructing him continue to value greatly.

Clerk details

clerks@forumchambers.com
020 3735 8070

 

Commercial and insolvency

Jonathan has acted in a broad range of commercial disputes.

Recent work includes:

  • acting in a number of cases for the Administrators of a large goods manufacturer in collecting disputed trade debts and advising on resisting an application for leave to claim against the company in Administration.
  • acting for the defendant in a claim for sums owing under an equipment hire agreement involving issues of restitution where the benefit of the contract had been assigned to a third party.
  • advising and settling proceedings in a number of cases raising questions of agency and the capacity in which parties were acting when agreeing terms.

In his practice, Jonathan has also appeared for petitioning creditors in both winding-up and bankruptcy hearings, dealing with issues such as disputed debts, crossclaims for breach of contract, title to the petition debt, and the consequences of procedural irregularity.

Professional Negligence

Having spent over 3 years as a solicitor specialising in claims against lawyers and surveyors in the secured lending space, Jonathan has an in-depth knowledge of professional negligence claims for lenders and real estate investors.

At the Bar, Jonathan has acted in claims against solicitors for negligent advice with respect to defending bankruptcy proceedings and the prospects for annulment, and for negligence and for restitution involving issues of apparent authority and fraud.

Jonathan has provided advice on claims against solicitors concerning failure to include conditions as to planning permission in a contract for the sale of commercial property, failure to protect an option on land by registration, and failure to observe a deadline for serving notice to acquire a new lease under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.

Property litigation

Jonathan has a wealth of experience in the areas of commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, advocating and advising in such areas as contentious commercial lease renewal, breach of covenant, service charges, forfeiture of commercial leases, and possession.

Jonathan has also acted in cases concerning the avoidance of a property transfer for undue influence, leases by proprietary estoppel, the effects of assignment of landlord’s and tenant’s interest on security of tenure, an appeal on a novel point of law concerning the application of limitation periods to claims to equitable interests under a trust of land, adverse possession, and constructive trusts arising out of domestic co-habitation.

Jonathan has advised on areas as diverse as the establishment of easements, wavier and estoppel in relation to leasehold covenants, trespass by satellite dishes, and the impact of Company Voluntary Arrangements on landlords.

Practice Overview

Jonathan focuses on property, commercial disputes, and professional negligence, but his capability extends to all areas of Chambers’ offering. As well as in the County Court, he has represented clients in the High Court and the First-tier Property Tribunal.

Before being called to the Bar, Jonathan practised as a solicitor for over 4 years, the majority of which was spent at a leading professional negligence firm in the City where he specialised in claims for secured lenders and real estate investors. Jonathan also provided non-contentious advice on compliance with the FCA Handbook.

As well as his imaginative application of the law, Jonathan’s prior experience as a solicitor allows him an insight into the practicalities of litigation which those instructing him continue to value greatly.

Clerk details

clerks@forumchambers.com
020 3735 8070

 

Commercial and insolvency

Jonathan has acted in a broad range of commercial disputes.

Recent work includes:

  • acting in a number of cases for the Administrators of a large goods manufacturer in collecting disputed trade debts and advising on resisting an application for leave to claim against the company in Administration.
  • acting for the defendant in a claim for sums owing under an equipment hire agreement involving issues of restitution where the benefit of the contract had been assigned to a third party.
  • advising and settling proceedings in a number of cases raising questions of agency and the capacity in which parties were acting when agreeing terms.

In his practice, Jonathan has also appeared for petitioning creditors in both winding-up and bankruptcy hearings, dealing with issues such as disputed debts, crossclaims for breach of contract, title to the petition debt, and the consequences of procedural irregularity.

Professional Negligence

Having spent over 3 years as a solicitor specialising in claims against lawyers and surveyors in the secured lending space, Jonathan has an in-depth knowledge of professional negligence claims for lenders and real estate investors.

At the Bar, Jonathan has acted in claims against solicitors for negligent advice with respect to defending bankruptcy proceedings and the prospects for annulment, and for negligence and for restitution involving issues of apparent authority and fraud.

Jonathan has provided advice on claims against solicitors concerning failure to include conditions as to planning permission in a contract for the sale of commercial property, failure to protect an option on land by registration, and failure to observe a deadline for serving notice to acquire a new lease under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.

Property litigation

Jonathan has a wealth of experience in the areas of commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, advocating and advising in such areas as contentious commercial lease renewal, breach of covenant, service charges, forfeiture of commercial leases, and possession.

Jonathan has also acted in cases concerning the avoidance of a property transfer for undue influence, leases by proprietary estoppel, the effects of assignment of landlord’s and tenant’s interest on security of tenure, an appeal on a novel point of law concerning the application of limitation periods to claims to equitable interests under a trust of land, adverse possession, and constructive trusts arising out of domestic co-habitation.

Jonathan has advised on areas as diverse as the establishment of easements, wavier and estoppel in relation to leasehold covenants, trespass by satellite dishes, and the impact of Company Voluntary Arrangements on landlords.

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