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 > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

Comprising a large specialist team, RPC is well-equipped to take on complex and multi-jurisdictional cases. With notable experience in Russian/FSU fraud disputes, the firm is developing innovative approaches to crypto fraud and asset recovery. The team is led by Tom Hibbert , a noted expert in African jurisdictions, large-scale corruption and unlawful asset-stripping cases and bolstered by the knowledge and experience of Jonathan Cary , a specialist in banking and finance disputes. Chris Ross  represents several high-net-worth individuals in multi-jurisdictional cases, and Parham Kouchikali  leverages his experience in the banking sector acting for several high-profile corporate clients and financial institutions. In addition, Alan Williams  draws upon his considerable knowledge of asset recovery, cross-border disputes and international arbitration.

London > Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

With the investigations technology and client data team being fully integrated into RPC’s white-collar crime practice, the ‘commercially minded’ team offers strong tech-related financial crime advice to a global client-base. The firm also demonstrates a growing presence in the financial trade sanctions arena, acting in the first case before the Commercial Court regarding the interpretation of Russian trade sanctions. The head, Sam Tate, is a ‘walking encyclopedia’, routinely being instructed on political financial crime matters and negotiating DPAs with the SFO, whilst Adam Craggs has expertise in criminal tax proceedings. Davina Given focuses on sanctions and regulatory matters, and Jonathan Cary concentrates on finance disputes. Michelle Sloane is an expert on financial crime litigation, the ’unflappable’ senior associate Lucy Kerr covers all aspects of compliance and policy matters.