Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite > Wedlake Bell LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Wedlake Bell LLP

Work Department

Intellectual property, commercial and competition law.


Partner specialising in drafting and negotiating all types of commercial agreements and highly regarded as having a forensic and analytical approach. Particular expertise in large-scale projects and services agreements includes agreements for the provision of outsourced services, software licences and agreements controlling the use of information and data. Regularly advises clients about the protection of intellectual property, technology transfer agreements, e-commerce regulations and competition law compliance issues.


Jonathan has been a partner at Wedlake Bell since 1988. He qualified as a solicitor at a firm in Lincoln’s Inn in 1979. He holds a BA(Hons) in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford and an MA(Hons) in Medieval History and Law from the University of Cambridge.

Jonathan regularly speaks on topics such as copyright law, recently giving an annual lecture at the University of Cambridge.


Spanish (fluent), Italian, French.


Honorary Fellow of the Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Centre for International Legal Studies, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He sits on the Electronics, IT and E-commerce Committee of the Licensing Executives Society International (one of the world’s largest IP organisations); he serves as a director and the Honorary Secretary of The City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society; and is on the speaker panel of The Society for Computers and Law.

Member of the Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Organisation, the Society for Computers and Law, the Federation against Software Theft Legal Advisory Group, the Licensing Executives’ Society, the Law Society’s Competition Section, the British Spanish Law Association, and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.


St Paul’s School, London; Keble College, BA(Hons) Jurisprudence, Oxford (open scholarship); MA(Hons) Medieval History and Law, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (foundation scholarship).


History, languages, music.