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Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite

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Wedlake Bell LLP

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Intellectual property, commercial and competition law.


Partner specialising in drafting and negotiating all types of commercial agreements and highly regarded as having a forensic and analytical approach. Particular expertise in large-scale projects and services agreements includes agreements for the provision of outsourced services, software licences and agreements controlling the use of information and data. Regularly advises clients about the protection of intellectual property, technology transfer agreements, e-commerce regulations and competition law compliance issues.


Jonathan has been a partner at Wedlake Bell since 1988. He qualified as a solicitor at a firm in Lincoln's Inn in 1979. He holds a BA(Hons) in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford and an MA(Hons) in Medieval History and Law from the University of Cambridge.

Jonathan regularly speaks on topics such as copyright law, recently giving an annual lecture at the University of Cambridge.


Spanish (fluent), Italian, French.


Honorary Fellow of the Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Centre for International Legal Studies, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He sits on the Electronics, IT and E-commerce Committee of the Licensing Executives Society International (one of the world's largest IP organisations); he serves as a director and the Honorary Secretary of The City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society; and is on the speaker panel of The Society for Computers and Law.

Member of the Intellectual Property Lawyers' Organisation, the Society for Computers and Law, the Federation against Software Theft Legal Advisory Group, the Licensing Executives' Society, the Law Society's Competition Section, the British Spanish Law Association, and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.


St Paul’s School, London; Keble College, BA(Hons) Jurisprudence, Oxford (open scholarship); MA(Hons) Medieval History and Law, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (foundation scholarship).


History, languages, music.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

One of Wedlake Bell LLP's key partners is Adam Edwards, who is 'brilliant at getting to the crux of the matter'. Edwards acts for owner-managed businesses based in the US, UK and Europe across a number of industries. Also praised is 'very thorough and responsive' Jonathan Cornthwaite. Led by Adrian Heath-Saunders, the team assists UK and overseas-based clients with agency, distribution agreements, franchising, joint ventures and outsourcing arrangements, among other matters. Heath-Saunders is acting for Axpo Power AG in its contractual arrangements with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority over the provision of nuclear waste reprocessing services at Sellafield. Heath-Saunders also recently assisted Pearson Lloyd Design with contractual negotiations with a major European airline relating to the design of the business class seating and cabin interior of a new fleet of Boeing 777-9 aircraft. Christopher Tite is particularly active in the ports, automotive and legal services sectors.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

The team at Wedlake Bell LLP  ‘punches well above its weight’ and regularly acts for brand-owners in the retail, sports and hotel industries. ‘Extremely diligent’ practice head Michael Gardner  represented Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in a trademark registration dispute against Ritz-Carlton.  Adrian Heath-Saunders combines trademarks and advertising with a commercial approach, his recent clients include Surrey County Cricket and Science in Sport. Jonathan Cornthwaite  is also recommended.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The information technology team at Wedlake Bell LLP offers a ‘very reliable and consistent service’. Adam Edwards heads up the team which includes the ‘very thorough and responsive’  Jonathan Cornthwaite. Work highlights include advising YoBike UK on all commercial, technology and licensing elements of its mobile-technology driven bicycle hire product.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The 'expert and highly knowledgeable' intellectual property team at Wedlake Bell LLP attract praise for being 'reliable and consistent' and 'providing clear friendly and appropriate advice'. The 'smart, intelligent and authoritative' Michael Gardner heads up the department and is leading a team representing Kaboodle in a trade mark infringement claim against Homebase and Bunnings stores. The 'very thorough and responsive' Jonathan Cornthwaite acts for Momondo Group on trade mark matters, including in trade mark opposition proceedings. In another work highlight, the group is acting for YoBike on licensing arrangements relating to its patented YoBike bicycle rental system and mobile app. Lacoste, Tesco Stores and Which? are all clients.

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