Jonathan Griffiths > Geldards LLP > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile
Geldards LLP Offices
Capital Quarter No.4
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Jonathan is an experienced dispute resolution Partner, advising both public and private sector clients on a range of disputes and litigation issues. He is currently most active advising on public law disputes in the Administrative Court and in procurement-related cases. He also advises on contract, defamation and sports-related issues and has participated in public inquiries. His work has involved acting for commercial organisations, central government (and central government-sponsored bodies), local government and other public bodies. He also acts for sports governing bodies and occasionally individuals.
Jonathan’s cases in the Administrative Court have involved judicial review applications in relation to planning and procurement decisions as well as the exercise of powers. He has also conducted numerous statutory challenges and statutory appeals. Since 2020 he has successfully represented contracting authorities on five separate challenges to contract award decisions and managed to avoid legal action in each case. In addition, he is experienced in representing clients on procurement disputes in the Technology and Construction Court where litigation has been issued. He has also been involved in advising on sports disciplinary procedures and where those procedures have been escalated to Court action and before Sports Resolution Arbitration panels. He has resolved disputes via mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution across the entire range of his practice.
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Led by the ‘commercially minded‘ Paul Hopkins, Geldards LLP‘s eight-strong team has the resources and depth of knowledge to be able to handle a wide array of litigation, often involving multiple parties. Public sector-related litigation continues to inform much of the work, including the firm’s ongoing representation of the Welsh Ministers and NHS in Wales in a substantial competition law claim against Servier SAS and others, in relation to the drug Perindopril. Jonathan Griffiths is pivotal to much of the firm’s public sector work in light of his administrative law (including judicial reviews) and public procurement expertise, in particular. Michael Evans handles more conventional commercial litigation, including shareholder and commercial contract disputes, for private sector clients, including a growing number of financial services entities.
Benefiting from longstanding and well-established ties with Wales-based local and central government entities, Geldards LLP ‘understands the difference between acting for the public and the private sector and how that may affect factors to be considered and decisions to be made‘. Experienced litigator Jonathan Griffiths has a core public law focus to his practice, and is particularly adept at representing both claimants and defendants in judicial review proceedings, as well as in procurement disputes. Other key members of the team include construction lawyer Tony Norris, who has significant public sector-side experience advising on major Welsh infrastructure projects, and ‘strategic thinker‘ Charles Felgate, who regularly provides contentious and non-contentious planning expertise to both the central Welsh government, as well as local authorities. Former practice head Bethan Lloyd left to join Bevan Brittan LLP inmid-2022.
- Commercial litigation - Wales > Dispute resolution
- Leading individuals - Wales > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation
- Leading individuals - Wales > Public sector
- Public sector - Wales
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Finance > Banking and finance
- Private client > Charities and not-for-profit
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation
- Employment > Employment: Recommended Firms
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
- Real estate > Planning and environment
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Public sector
- Real estate > Commercial property
- Real estate > Construction
- Corporate and commercial
- Private client > Family
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Real estate > Social housing
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport
- Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant
- Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant