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Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite

Work 020 7395 3000
Wedlake Bell LLP

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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.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Wedlake Bell LLP’s practice covers a range of commercial contracts, from agency and consultancy arrangements to outsourcing and supply contracts. Adrian Heath-Saunders leads a team of IP, IT and commercial specialists, including Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite, who has particular expertise in large-scale projects and services agreements. The group is advising Axpo Power on contractual arrangements with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority relating to the reprocessing of nuclear waste at Sellafield.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Wedlake Bell LLP's brand management practice is able to leverage the firm's expertise in contentious IP and commercial transactions, and is particularly sought after by brand owners in the retail, sport and charity sectors, where the the team counts Gant, Surrey County Cricket Club and the British Heart Foundation among its clients. Key figures include Adrian Heath-Saunders, who specialises in trade marks, sport sector issues, advertising and sponsorship; Michael Gardner, who focuses on contentious IP; Adam Edwards, who is noted for brand protection, broadcasting agreements and digital media contracts; and IP and IT specialist Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The 'committed and reliable' team at Wedlake Bell LLP assists clients with the development and marketing of cutting-edge technologies and products, with particular experience in blockchain issues. Adam Edwards combines corporate and commercial expertise, and counts a range of start-ups and multinationals as clients; he heads up the team with Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite, who handles large-scale projects and service agreements.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The ‚Äėcommitted and reliable‚Äô team at Wedlake Bell LLP¬†has experience advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP; its expertise includes trade mark prosecutions, strategic advice and opposition and infringement proceedings. Practice head Michael Gardner¬†is a name to note for IP disputes, while¬†Adrian Heath-Saunders¬†focuses on commercial and transactional matters and Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite¬†handles a range of non-contentious IP and IT advice.

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