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Jonathan Gavaghan

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Ten Old Square (Ten Old Square)

Work Department

Company and Partnership; Commercial Litigation; Property Litigation


Jonathan Gavaghan has a busy chancery and commercial practice. He has particular expertise in partnership/LLP, commercial and property litigation in both the High Court and arbitration. Company law (including breach of fiduciary duty claims and shareholder disputes) is a further area in which he specialises.


Qualified 1992, Lincoln’s Inn.

General Chancery/commercial litigation (including property, company law, public law and partnership); important cases:  Patley Wood Farm LLP v Brake [2014] EWHC 4499 (Ch) [2015] EWHC 483 (Ch) (Arbitration/Partnership); Chaudhary v Yavuz [2013] Ch 239 (Constructive trusts, real property); Clarence House v Nat West Bank [2010] 1 WLR 1216 (virtual assignments); Manning v English [2010] Bus LR D89 (2010) (partnership); Re Claygreen Limited [2006] BCLC 715 (company law: pre-emption rights); West Hampstead Management Co Ltd v Pearl Property Ltd [2002] 3 EGLR 55 (leasehold enfranchisement); R v Secretary of State ex parte Spath Holme Ltd [2001] 2 AC 349 (public law/landlord and tenant); Spath Holme v North Western RAC [2001] 3 EGLR 30 (landlord and tenant); R v South Bank University ex p Coggeran [2000] ICR 1342 (public law/discrimination); Curtis v London RAC [1999] QB 92 (landlord and tenant); Globe Equities v Globe Legal Services [1999] BLR 232 (costs orders against third parties).


Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Chancery Bar Association
Property Bar Association
Association of Partnership Practitioners

He is a former Chairman of the Young Bar and has served two terms as an elected member of the Bar Council.


Solihull School; Worcester College, Oxford (MA; BCL).

London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Jonathan Gavaghan - Ten Old SquareVery clever, engaging and hardworking.

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Company and partnership

Within: Partnership – Leading juniors

Jonathan Gavaghan - Ten Old SquareAn exceptionally intellectual barrister.

Within: Company and partnership

Ten Old Square is ‘just excellent for partnership work and is involved in most of the leading cases’. Members Jeremy Callman, Jonathan Gavaghan, Naomi Winston and Gideon Roseman are noted as ‘experts in their field’ and are instructed by both partnerships and individuals. Expertise within the set includes partner and member exits, team moves, partnership assets, LLP and partnership agreements, duties and unfair prejudice, as well as restrictive covenants, dissolutions and discrimination issues.

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Property litigation and agriculture

Within: Agriculture – Leading juniors

Jonathan Gavaghan - Ten Old SquareExtremely imaginative and forthright in his strategic thinking.

Within: Property litigation – Leading juniors

Jonathan Gavaghan - Ten Old SquareHe puts the client at ease through his knowledge and strategy.

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