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Jonathan Roberts

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Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP


Jonathan Roberts is the senior partner of the firm. He has vast experience in dealing with a broad spectrum of work but now specialises in dealing with a range of business clients both in resolving disputes and property matters. After obtaining a degree in modern history at Oxford University, Jonathan joined the firm as an articled clerk in 1973. In 1976 he qualified as a solicitor and became a partner in 1982, and senior partner in 1989. Jonathan has a firm and longstanding relationship with many of his clients reflecting the care and commitment he invests in his work. He has been recommended by The Legal 500 2014 describing him as having ‘a keen eye for the commerciality of a settlement'. His highlights this year include the Court of Appeal victory in the SC Confectia SA v Miss Mania Wholesale Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 1484, which was undertaken alongside the experienced Rebecca Roberts. Jonathan Roberts is known amongst his peers and clients as an exceptional solicitor who has been at the forefront of developments in commercial litigation for the past 30 years. In particular Jonathan led the case of Re D’Jan of London Ltd [1993], the leading authority on director’s liability, the principles of which were codified in the Companies Act 2006. He is regularly instructed in complex company disputes, in particular unfair prejudice petitions and breach of directors’ duties as well as issues of international sale of goods and bailment. Recent highlights include: Tahir Fadallah v John Pollak [2013] EWHC 3159 (QB); Kardemir Haddecilik Tidaret San ve Tic Sti v Caparo Steele Products 2013; Reiss and Others v Eksa Ulus Tas Ve Dis Tic Ltd Sti and Others 2013; SC Confectia SA v Miss Mania Wholesale Limited 2013; Islam v Al-Sami and another [2011] EWCA Civ 32; Chantry Estates (South East) Ltd v Anderson [2010] EWCA 316; M&J Marine Engineering Services Co Limited v Shipshore Limited [2009] EWHC 2031 (Comm); and Re D’Jan of London Ltd [1993] B.C.C. 646.

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is recommended for 'its ability to handle complex litigation and for being effective'. The practice acts in a large number of high -level international contractual and corporate disputes, often with multi-jurisdictional elements. Jonathan Roberts 'gives sensible, pragmatic advice'; and Rudi Ramdarshan 'brings extraordinary judgment to complex commercial issues'. Rebecca Roberts and David Burns were made equity partners.

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London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP's team is ‘tenacious and determined in achieving the best possible outcome for clients’. The group has a ‘loyal group of major landlord clients’ and has ‘a particularly strong grip on commercial land and tenant related issues’. Partners Rudi Ramdarshan, David Burns and Jonathan Roberts jointly lead the practice which has core strengths in dilapidations, tenancy renewals, construction disputes, rights to light and enfranchisement. The ‘tactically very astute’ Ramdarshan and Burns ‘work around the clock to maintain an ever-increasing practice’. Associate solicitor Laura Gomme is ‘client focused, pragmatic and one to watch for the future’. The team has been bolstered by the arrivals of Irina Apekisheva from Howard Kennedy LLP, Benjamin Frost from Gordon Dadds LLP and Jonathan Chan from Maxwell Alves.  In a recent highlight, the team successfully represented EHDI International in a complex commercial forfeiture case.

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