Jonathan Smart > Shoosmiths LLP > Southampton, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
PO15 7AG

Work Department

Commercial Litigation


Jon heads up the Solent office’s litigation services team. He advises on complex, high value commercial disputes and is recommended in the 2020 Legal 500 Guide and Chambers and Partners 2020.

His practice has a particular emphasis in:

• IT and outsourcing disputes;
• contract and supply chain litigation; and
• corporate and shareholder disputes.

Jon has a particularly strong reputation in the automotive and technology sectors and works with a number of leading automotive manufacturers and global IT companies including Volkswagen Group, IKEA and Honda Motor Europe. Jon is also a member of the Society for Computers and Law.

Recent work includes:

  • pursuing claims for a US technology company in respect of a multi-million pound dispute arising from a global IT outsourcing agreement;
  • advising a leading FTSE 100 company in respect of a £40 million supply chain dispute involving a leading retail chain;
  • acting for a global automotive manufacturer in a multi million pound telecommunications dispute, including pursuing claim relating to the procurement process, contractual interpretation and exit;
  • defending a leading IT company from claims exceeding £20milllion arising from an complex software development project; and
  • acting in the matter of HHH v GGG in defending a £40 million claim arising from the payment of bribes to a foreign public official, which are the subject of a parallel criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

Jon is regularly asked to contribute to leading publications and is the author of the Lexis Nexis chapter on “Termination of Distribution Agreements”.


Law Society of England & Wales; SCL – Society for Computers and Law

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Hampshire

(Next Generation Partners)

Jonathan SmartShoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP‘s Solent disputes team regularly acts for blue-chip clients across sectors including automotive, manufacturing, IT and technology. Practice head Jonathan Smart has a strong foothold in both the hi-tech and automotive worlds, serving as counsel for various leading car companies in domestic litigation matters. International arbitration is a key area of strength, with the team recently engaged on a number of LCIA and UNICTRAL proceedings. Paula Swain handles consumer finance litigation, and is a longstanding adviser to lenders in the consumer credit market. Shelley White works chiefly with asset finance lenders and automotive clients on business recovery matters, while Luke Coleborn deals with a range of shareholder and partnership disputes and contentious insolvencies.