Jonathan Cary > RPC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Commercial disputes


Jonathan is a Partner specialising in banking and financial markets disputes and contentious regulatory matters.   

He has extensive experience acting in litigation and arbitration matters for a broad range of clients, including corporates, funds, financial institutions and sovereigns. His experience includes conducting internal investigations and advising on a variety of compliance and regulatory issues, including FCA enforcement actions.

Jonathan is currently acting for the Federal Republic of Nigeria in its High Court claims against JP Morgan and Shell and ENI arising from the corrupt allocation of the OPL 245 oil block.

Jonathan has spent a significant proportion of his career in Hong Kong, where he is locally qualified. He has also spent time on secondment to the litigation and regulatory teams of two investment banks.


Trained Herbert Smith; qualified (England & Wales) 2002; qualified (Hong Kong) 2006; Senior Associate, Shearman & Sterling 2011 to 2013; Partner, RPC 2013.


Financial Services Lawyers Association; Inter-Pacific Bar Association; London Solicitors Litigation Association; The Law Society International Division.


Birkdale School; University of Bristol (BA Hons. Classical Studies); College of Law, York, Common Professional Examination (Commendation) and Legal Practice Course (Distinction).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

RPC has a broad, international client base which includes sovereign states, asset managers and corporate entities. The group regularly acts for these clients in claims against prominent investment banks, with one client describing the team as having ‘the acumen and resilience needed to take on the mighty institutional behemoths in the biggest cases and deliver wins’. It also represents international banking clients in both defending  and bringing claims. Simon Hart heads  the banking and financial disputes practice, with experience across litigation involving leveraged finance, loan facilities and derivatives. Tom Hibbert is global head of commercial disputes and is engaged on high-profile complex disputes. Other key figures in the team include Jonathan Cary, who has experience in both litigation and regulatory investigations. Andy McGregor departed the firm for Allen & Overy LLP .