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Jonathan Seitler QC
Jonathan currently stands top of the pile in terms of QCs for heavy and important property litigation and property related professional negligence work.
Jonathan Seitler QC recently won the Legal 500 Award for Real Estate, Environment and Planning Silk of the Year to add to the Chambers & Partners Real Estate Silk of the Year Award which he won on three separate occasions, in 2007, 2010 and 2015. In 2019 Jonathan was ranked as the top silk for Real Estate Litigation in Who’s Who Legal.
Jonathan has accomplished these plaudits with a simple approach: his enormous success and enduring popularity has been achieved by immensely hard work, deep attention to detail, speed and decisiveness.
Called 1985; Lincoln’s Inn; co-author ‘Property Finance Negligence: Claims Against Solicitors and Valuers’ (FT Law & Tax 1996); lectures for PLA, PLNA and privately in-house; co-author ‘Commercial Property Disputes’; ‘Leases: Covenants and Consents’ (2009); qualified mediator.
Property Bar Association; Professional Neligence Bar Association; Standing Conference of Mediators.
Pembroke College, Oxford; City University.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Seitler QC – Wilberforce Chambers ‘Jonathan’s ability to think outside of the box is remarkable. The way his mind works in order to find angles to really create a legal argument is fantastic and means that we always go to him to help us to fight our way out of a corner. His advocacy skills and powers of persuasion are second to none. He controls the court room with his smart wit and, at times, humour and is fantastically persuasive on his feet. ’
Wilberforce Chambers combines notable senior expertise with a strong team of junior barristers, with a strong offering across the full range of property matters, most notably commercial landlord and tenant work, development disputes, mortgages, title disputes, and rural economy issues. Joanne Wicks QC and Emer Murphy appeared in the Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd case before the Supreme Court, a case relating to landlord-tenant permissions for covenant breaches. Martin Hutchings QC and James McCreath were involved in Devine v Housing Solutions Ltd, a legally significant restrictive covenants case concerning whether a developer who had knowingly constructed houses in breach of restrictive covenant could rely on the public interest in those houses being occupied to justify modifying the covenant. Jonathan Seitler QC is heavily involved in telecoms cases, particularly the burgeoning area of litigation relating to the new code, and appeared before the Court of Appeal in Cornerstone PLC v Ashloch, AP Wireless, which will determine what rights telecoms operators have under the new telecoms code during the term of a telecoms lease. Mark Wonnacott QC and Harriet Holmes were involved in The trustees of the Williams-Wynn 1987 Settlement v Natural Resources Body for Wales, a landmark mines and minerals case.
‘Stellar set‘ Wilberforce Chambers garners praise for its ‘quality and strength in depth‘. The ‘top class‘ team stands out for its expertise in handling negligence claims pertaining to pensions and property, and has also been kept busy acting in claims against a range of professionals, including solicitors, barristers, accountants and tax advisers. Jonathan Seitler QC is representing 54 investor claimants in a group action against a firm of solicitors concerning investments in student accommodation in Yorkshire. Clare Stanley QC, ‘an impressive advocate‘ with ‘a compelling courtroom style‘, has established strength in handling cases regarding alleged negligence in relation to the trusts sector. In January 2021, Joanna Smith QC was appointed to the High Court bench.