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Jonathan Lopian  

"He has exceptional advocacy skills; always well prepared for trial"

"He is a wickedly sharp cross-examiner."
Company, Insolvency - Legal 500 2019

Practice Overview


Jonathan is a highly experienced and sought-after commercial chancery barrister with a litigation and advisory practice focused primarily on insolvency, company and commercial law, areas in which he has gained a very strong reputation.

 

His many reported cases include the high-profile administration of the Christmas hamper savings club Farepak Food & Gifts Limited and liquidation of the largest Greek mobile telephone operator Hellas II Telecommunications (Luxembourg) II SCA, and the important landmark Court of Appeal decisions in JCAM Commercial Real Estate Property XV Limited v Davis Haulage Limited, St Poulton’s Trustee v Ministry of Justice and Imageview Management Limited v Jack.

 

From 1999 to 2009 he was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown by the Attorney-General and was instructed throughout that period on behalf of a wide range of government departments including the Department of Trade & Industry and HM Revenue & Customs.   

 

Prior to commencing practice at the Bar, Jonathan worked for six years in high-level corporate finance, first as a corporate finance executive at the leading UK merchant bank Morgan Grenfell and subsequently as a corporate finance executive at Olympia & York, then the world’s largest private commercial property developer whose projects included Canary Wharf in London, Battery Park City in New York and First Canadian Place in Toronto.

 

Chambers UK Bar and Legal 500 have recommended Jonathan for many years in the commercial chancery and insolvency practice areas. Described as “a master of detail, and a focused and ferocious cross-examiner”, he is said to be“excellent – he’s very thorough and gets on top of difficult issues quickly”, is "admired by market sources as he is highly technically skilled”, is “a highly commercial junior”, a “good, forceful litigator”, and a “tenacious and clear and compelling advocate”, who is “extremely approachable and user-friendly”. 

 

  • Commercial Litigation
    • Jonathan’s commercial chancery litigation practice covers all types of contractual disputes including claims relating to agency, guarantees, banking, partnership, breaches of trust and fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment and asset tracing. In the words of Chambers UK, “trust, breaches of fiduciary duty and partnership disputes all fall within his remit, and his corporate finance background holds him in good stead for anything with a banking or financial services tinge to it”.

       

      Notable reported cases include:

      • McTear and Williams v Engelhard [2016] 4 WLR 108 (CA), (2016) Times Law Reports 2 June
      • McTear and Williams v Engelhard [2014] EWHC 1056
      • McTear and Williams v Engelhard [2014] EWHC 722, [2014] 3 Costs LR 493
      • Garwood v Ambrose [2012] BPIR 996
      • Imageview Management Limited v Jack [2009] 2 AER 666 (CA), [2009] Bus. LR 1034, [2009] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 436, (2009) Times Law Reports 24 March, Law Quarterly Review 2009 125(Jul) 369-374
      • Re Farepak Food & Gifts Ltd (In Administration) [2007] 2 BCLC 1

       

      Brief descriptions of the above can be found in the Cases section.

       

  • Company
    • Jonathan specialises in all aspects of company law and corporate insolvency including directors’ duties and remedies for maladministration, director disqualification, shareholder disputes, derivative claims, shareholder agreements, share offerings, corporate finance, financial assistance and reductions of capital. He acts for shareholders, directors, office holders, lenders, creditors and insolvent companies.

       

      Recent notable reported cases include:

      • JCAM Commercial Real Estate Property XV Limited v Davis Haulage Limited [2017] BCC 222 (CA)
      • Re C & MB Holdings Ltd: Hamilton v Brown [2016] BPIR 531, [2017] 1 BCLC 269
      • Godefroy v Company Health Limited (In Liquidation) [2016] BPIR 1402
      • McTear and Williams v Engelhard [2016] 4 WLR 108 (CA), (2016) Times Law Reports 2 June
      • McTear and Williams v Engelhard [2014] EWHC 1056
      • McTear and Williams v Engelhard [2014] EWHC 722, [2014] 3 Costs LR 493
      • Re Hellas Telecommunications (Luxembourg) II SCA (In Liquidation) [2013] BPIR 756
      • Re Hellas Telecommunications (Luxembourg) II SCA (In Administration) [2013] 1 BCLC 426

        

      Brief descriptions of the above can be found in the Cases section.

       

  • Insolvency
    • Jonathan specialises in all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency, including administrations, receiverships, liquidations, individual voluntary arrangements and company voluntary arrangements. He has extensive experience in cases involving preferences and undervalue transactions, fraudulent and wrongful trading, misfeasance and breach of duty, security and priority issues and private and public examinations. He acts for office holders, individuals, creditors, directors and insolvent companies.

       

      “A forceful and effective advocate who is very quick thinking on his feet”  (Legal 500 2016 – Insolvency)

        

      Recent notable reported cases include:

      • JCAM Commercial Real Estate Property XV Limited v Davis Haulage Limited [2017] BCC 222 (CA)
      • Godefroy v Company Health Limited (In Liquidation) [2016] BPIR 1402
      • Re Calibre Solicitors Limited (In Administration) [2015] BPIR 435
      • Re Hellas Telecommunications (Luxembourg) II SCA (In Liquidation) [2013] BPIR 756
      • Re Hellas Telecommunications (Luxembourg) II SCA (In Administration) [2013] 1 BCLC 426
      • Bonney v Mirpuri [2013] BPIR 412 
      • Chadwick v Nash [2012] BPIR 70
      • Ross v Commissioners for HM Revenue & Customs [2012] BPIR 843
      • St John Poulton’s Trustee v Ministry of Justice [2011] Ch 1, [2010] 4 AER 600 
      • Ross & Holmes v Commissioners for HM Revenue & Customs [2010] 2 AER 126
      • Tradition (UK) Limited v Ahmed [2009] BPIR 627
      • Monecor (London) Limited v Ahmed [2009] BPIR 235
      • Appleyard v Ritecrown Ltd [2009] BPIR 235
      • Re Farepak Food & Gifts Ltd (In Administration) [2007] 2 BCLC 1, [2008] BCC 22, [2010] 1 BCLC 444  

       

      Brief descriptions of the above can be found in the Cases section.

       

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