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Jonathan Dawid

Jonathan Dawid


“He is an excellent lawyer; very bright and very hard-working with excellent judgement.” “He is quick to grasp complex issues, extremely efficient and no-nonsense. An asset to the team with outstanding drafting skills.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
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Jonathan Dawid has a broad practice covering a wide range of commercial law, including banking, professional negligence, contractual disputes, shipping and insurance. He appears regularly before the High Court as well as advising in relation to disputes in a number of European and common-law overseas jurisdictions.

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  • Commercial M

    Jonathan is recognised as a leading junior in banking, financial services and professional negligence, being ranked in these fields by Chambers & Partners 2016 as well as by the Legal 500 in professional negligence. In 2009, Legal Week named him a future "star of the bar".

    Major commercial cases he has acted or advised in include:

    • Re Sigma [2009] UKSC 2, now the leading case on the interpretation of commercial contracts, concerning the application of the security trust deed governing the distribution of assets of Sigma Finance Corporation following its collapse in 2008
    • Baxendale Walker v Law Society & ors [2011] EWHC 998 (QB), concerning the liability of an expert witness in disciplinary proceedings before the Law Society
    • Lehman Brothers International (Europe) v Lehman Brothers Bankhaus (Frankfurt Higher Regional Court), concerning the cross-border application of the FSA CASS rules on the treatment of client money.
    • Atrium European Real Estate Ltd v Meinl Bank & ors (Commercial Court), a multibillion euro fraud claim arising out of underwriting and market making activities carried out in Austria on behalf of a Jersey investment fund and raising complex issues of jurisdiction involving the Judgments Regulation, common law rules and arbitration provisions (settled 2011).
    • Lacrosse v Royal Bank of Scotland (Chancery Division), concerning the interpretation of the termination provisions of the 1999 ISDA Master Agreement (settled 2010).
    • Akai Holdings Ltd v Ernst & Young Hong Kong (Hong Kong High Court), a US$1 billion audit negligence claim arising out of the collapse of the Akai Group (settled 2009).
    • Natixis v. (1) WestLB (2) CIBC (3) Terra Firma (Commercial Court), £100m claim for fraud and negligence in connection with the securitisation of the Box Clever TV rental business (settled 2008).
  • Arbitration M

    Jonathan Dawid has acted in a number of commercial and investor-state arbitrations in a variety of jurisdictions and forums. Recent arbitration work includes:

    • acting in an arbitration between two oil & gas exploration companies concerning the application of an "area of mutual interest" provision in Pakistan (ICC, London seat) 
    • acting in an ICC arbitration between oil & gas exploration companies concerning a dispute under a joint operating agreement in Pakistan (ICC, Singapore seat) 
    • acting in an ICC arbitration between a power generation company and its gas supplier (ICC, Singapore seat) 
    • acting in an arbitration between a Russian oil company and the Republic of Ukraine in a claim under the Russia-Ukraine bilateral investment treaty (SCC, Stockholm seat) 
    • advising a Ukrainian company on possible arbitration claims under the Ukraine-Russia bilateral investment treaty 
    • acting for a Cypriot bank in a €2 billion claim against Greece under the Cyprus-Greece bilateral investment treaty (ICSID, Swiss seat)
  • EU law M

    A former stagiaire at the European Court of Justice, Jonathan Dawid has advised and acted on a number of matters involving European law and its interaction with English public and regulatory law. He is experienced in advising on rights relating to free movement of persons and goods within the EU, including in relation to pharmaceutical disputes.

    Major cases include:

    • Harbinger Capital Partners v (1) Andrew Caldwell (2) HM Treasury (Upper Tribunal) [2013] EWCA Civ 492, concerning the interpretation of the statutory compensation provisions for shareholders of banks nationalised under the Banking (Special Provision) Act 2008 and their compatibility with European law and Convention rights (judgment awaited).
    • GlaxoSmithKline Ltd v Department of Health [2007] EWHC 1470 (Comm), which established that the quasi-statutory 1999 Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme was enforceable as a contract between participating companies and the government.
  • Career M
    • Tenant, Brick Court Chambers 2006-2015 and 2017-
    • Partner, Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, 2016-2017
    • 2005 Call (Lincoln's Inn)
    • Pupillage at Brick Court Chambers, 2005-2006.
    • Stagiaire in the cabinet of Judge Forwood, Court of First Instance, European Court of Justice, 2005.
    • Macmillan publishers, 2001-2004.
  • Further information M
    • Languages: French (fluent), Polish (fluent), Italian (conversational).
    • Semi-finalist, University Challenge (2003-2004 series).
  • Education M
    • Cambridge University (Trinity College) (BA 1997; MA 2005; MMath 2011)
    • Harvard University (MA 2000)
    • London Metropolitan University (G. Dip. Law 2004)
    • Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocation Course 2005)
    • Scholarships & Prizes
    • Junior & Senior Scholar, Trinity College Cambridge
    • Frank Knox Memorial Fellow, Harvard
    • Hardwicke Award, Haldane and Denning Scholarships, Lincoln's Inn
    • CPE Award for best mark in year, London Metropolitan University
    • Charles Grant Tennant Prize for Light Verse, Trinity College Cambridge
  • Directory quotes M
    Chambers & Partners (2016 edition) “An experienced banking junior with additional strength in professional negligence and commercial fraud. He is regularly instructed in complex financial disputes. Strengths: “He is an excellent lawyer; very bright and very hard-working with excellent judgement.” “He is quick to grasp complex issues, extremely efficient and no-nonsense. An asset to the team with outstanding drafting skills.”
    Chambers & Partners (2016 edition) “Maintains a broad-based and well-respected junior practice at the Commercial Bar. He has a particular focus on commercial fraud, professional negligence and banking matters.” Strengths: “He is very bright, very commercial and a pleasure to work with.” “I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t make it to the top of his profession by the time he hangs up his boots as he’s right up there amongst the brightest people at the Bar.”
    Chambers & Partners (2015 edition) “Has a strong reputation for representing major financial institutions, accountancy firms and investment managers. He has particular expertise in the application of EU law to the financial services sector.” Strengths: “A real asset to the team and very good with tricky technical points of both law and fact.”
    Chambers & Partners (2015 edition) “Has a practice heavy on banking, professional negligence and commercial fraud cases. Numerous sources draw attention to his technical skill.” Skills: “He is phenomenally bright and extremely hard-working. He’s fantastic at drafting and putting complex concepts into words.”
    The Legal 500 (2015 edition) “Excellent – a very able senior junior that every big case needs.”
    The Legal 500 (2015 edition) “Extremely quick-thinking and bright, and even under great pressure he is excellent.”
    Chambers & Partners (2014 edition) "An asset to the team. He's very good with tricky technical points of both law and fact." "He's very, very bright and he's got that real commercial touch. He understands what clients want and, more importantly, what they should want."
    Chambers & Partners (2014 edition) "Quick to grasp complex issues."
    The Legal 500 (2014 edition) “He has excellent drafting and analytical skills, especially relating to complex financial transactions.”
    The Legal 500 (2014 edition) “Intellectually brilliant, wonderful written work and a tremendous team player.”
    The Legal 500 (2013 edition) "the ‘top-notch' Jonathan Dawid"
    The Legal 500 (2013 edition) "Jonathan Dawid is noted for his ‘ability to grasp technically complex legal and commercial issues frighteningly quickly', and for his ‘outstanding drafting'."
    Chambers & Partners (2012 edition) "Jonathan Dawid is developing a first-class reputation for his professional negligence work."
    Chambers & Partners (2012 edition) "Jonathan Dawid stands out as a "no-nonsense" junior who is "'quick to grasp complex issues.'"
    Legal 500 (2011 edition) - named as a leading junior in Banking & Finance and Professional Negligence. "Jonathan Dawid is ‘top notch'"
    Chambers & Partners (2012 edition): - recommended for Banking & Finance, Professional Negligence
    Legal Week - "future star of the bar", 2009