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Chambers of Michael Furness QC
Wilberforce Chambers


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

London Bar > Property litigation

Within: Leading Silks -

Jonathan Seitler QC

Wilberforce Chambers

An unbelievable brain which he uses to obtain not only a technical but normally a commercial advantage over the other side.

Wilberforce Chambers provides ‘strength at all levels’ with a ‘strong stable of leading names’. The set is adept on all land law fronts though it boasts specific expertise on commercial and residential landlord and tenant, development, mortgage, and title matters. Joanne Wicks QC and Jonathan Chew recently acted against Jonathan Seitler QC and Emer Murphy in the leading case of Canary Wharf Group v European Medicines Agency which considered whether Brexit constituted a frustration of a long-term lease. A further inter-chambers battle saw Seitler QC face Martin Hutchings QC in No 1 West India Quay Residential Ltd v East Tower Apartments Ltd, the first long lease case under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1988 to reach the Court of Appeal.

London Bar > Professional negligence

Within: Leading Silks -

Jonathan Seitler QC

Wilberforce Chambers

He is outstanding.

Wilberforce Chambers is commended for its ‘enormous strength-in-depth‘ and although it is the ‘market leader in the pensions field‘, it is ‘starting to become the pre-eminent set for property disputes‘ and is therefore well placed to deal with professional negligence claims in the pensions and property space. The set handles claims against solicitors, barristers, accountants, auditors, actuaries, construction professionals, pensions professionals, finance practitioners, company directors, and insurance brokers. John Wardell QC is acting for the defendant bank in N v RBS, which examines duties owed by bankers when money laundering is suspected. Elsewhere, Jonathan Seitler QC acted for the defendant solicitors in Barker v Baxendale Walker, a claim relating to a £40m trust.