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Jonathan Scott

Jonathan Scott

YEAR OF CALL: 2017

Jonathan joined Chambers as a tenant in September 2018 following successful completion of his pupillage. His pupil supervisors were Alec Haydon, Sarah Abram and Nicholas Saunders QC.

Before coming to the Bar, Jonathan worked for two years at an asset management firm, specialising in currency risk hedging. Jonathan was part of a team responsible for analysing and improving the firm’s currency derivative investment strategies, and also co-authored a book chapter on emerging market currency investing. He now looks forward to using his experience of foreign exchange and other financial markets in commercial litigation.

Jonathan joined Chambers as a tenant in September 2018 following successful completion of his pupillage. His pupil supervisors were Alec Haydon, Sarah Abram and Nicholas Saunders QC.

Before coming to the Bar, Jonathan worked for two years at an asset management firm, specialising in currency risk hedging. Jonathan was part of a team responsible for analysing and improving the firm’s currency derivative investment strategies, and also co-authored a book chapter on emerging market currency investing. He now looks forward to using his experience of foreign exchange and other financial markets in commercial litigation.

As a pupil, Jonathan assisted his supervisors in cases spanning all of Chambers’ core practice areas. Highlights included the following cases:

  • PSJC Commercial Bank Privatbank v Kolomoisky: a US$2.6 billion claim against two oligarchs concerning loans from Ukraine's largest bank (assisting Mark Howard QC and Alec Haydon as a pupil).
  • Warner-Lambert v Mylan, Actavis & ors: an appeal to the Supreme Court on the construction of “Swiss form” second medical use patents (assisting Nicholas Saunders QC as a pupil).
  • Lifestyle Equities v Sports Direct: a commercial / IP case concerning trade mark infringement and inducing breach of contract (assisting Nicholas Saunders QC as a pupil).
  • AY v Croatia: A preliminary reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning the double jeopardy exception to the Member States’ obligation to execute a European Arrest Warrant (assisting Maya Lester QC and Sarah Abram as a pupil).
  • A confidential arbitration concerning a financial services introducer agreement, raising issues of construction, misrepresentation and estoppel (assisting Alec Haydon as a pupil).
  • Advising on a prospective cartel damages claim, including advice on the collective proceedings regime in the Competition Appeals Tribunal (assisting Sarah Abram as a pupil).

Jonathan graduated from the University of Oxford in 2012, with first class honours in philosophy, politics and economics. He later converted to law, and was awarded the Ann Ebsworth Award, the Birkenhead Award and the Atkin Scholarship by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

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  • Commercial M

    During his pupillage Jonathan assisted his supervisors in a range of commercial matters, including:

    • PSJC Commercial Bank Privatbank v Kolomoisky: a US$2.6 billion claim against two oligarchs concerning loans from Ukraine's largest bank (assisting Mark Howard QC and Alec Haydon as a pupil).
    • ED & F Man Ltd v Obex: a dispute between two brokers concerning the introduction of clients by one to the other, raising a question about the jurisdiction to serve out an application for pre-action disclosure (assisting Alec Haydon as a pupil).
    • Lifestyle Equities v Sports Direct: a commercial / IP case concerning trade mark infringement and inducing breach of contract (assisting Nicholas Saunders QC as a pupil).
    • KLM v Aruba La Mia: a claim to enforce a debt in respect of repair works undertaken on an aircraft (assisting Alec Haydon as a pupil).
    • Canal and River Trust v Thames Water: a commercial judicial review concerning the construction of the statutory scheme governing the quantum of payments which Thames Water makes for the abstraction of water from the River Lee (assisting Sarah Abram as a pupil).
    • A confidential arbitration concerning a financial services introducer agreement, raising issues of construction, misrepresentation and estoppel (assisting Alec Haydon as a pupil).
    • Advising on the prospects of recovering substantial losses caused by the alleged fraud of an art dealer (assisting Alec Haydon as a pupil).
  • EU/Competition M

    As a pupil, Jonathan assisted on EU and competition matters ranging from follow-on damages claims in the English courts to preliminary references to the Court of Justice of the European Union on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Those matters included:

    • AY v Croatia: A preliminary reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning the double jeopardy exception to the Member States’ obligation to execute a European Arrest Warrant (assisting Maya Lester QC and Sarah Abram as a pupil).
    • Pelham EA, Funke Medien and Spiegel Online: three preliminary references to the Court of Justice of the European Union which were heard together, raising overlapping issues concerning the construction of the Information Society and Related Rights Directives and their interaction with the Charter of Fundamental Rights (assisting Nicholas Saunders QC as a pupil).
    • Vattenfall AB & ors v Prysmian & NKT: A follow-on damages claim relating to the power cables cartel (assisting Aidan Robertson QC and Sarah Abram as a pupil).
    • Granville v MELCO: a cartel damages claim relating to the DRAM cartel (assisting Sarah Abram as a pupil).
    • Mediamarkt Saturn Holdings v Panasonic & ors: a c. €200 million follow-on damages claim relating to the CRT cartel (assisting Sarah Abram as a pupil).
    • Advising on a prospective cartel damages claim, including advice on the collective proceedings regime in the Competition Appeals Tribunal (assisting Sarah Abram as a pupil).
  • Public Law M

    During pupillage, Jonathan assisted on the following public law matters:

    • Bajracharya v Secretary of State for the Home Department: an appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning an application for judicial review of an immigration decision (assisting Sarah Abram as a pupil).
    • Canal and River Trust v Thames Water: a commercial judicial review concerning the construction of the statutory scheme governing the quantum of payments which Thames Water makes for the abstraction of water from the River Lee (assisting Sarah Abram as a pupil).
  • Intellectual property M

    Jonathan assisted on a range of intellectual property matters during pupillage, including patent, trade mark, copyright and passing-off claims.

    • Warner-Lambert v Mylan, Actavis & ors: an appeal to the Supreme Court on the construction of “Swiss form” second medical use patents (assisting Nicholas Saunders QC as a pupil).
    • Pelham EA, Funke Medien and Spiegel Online: three preliminary references to the Court of Justice of the European Union which were heard together, raising overlapping issues concerning the construction of the Information Society and Related Rights Directives and their interaction with the Charter of Fundamental Rights (assisting Nicholas Saunders QC as a pupil).
    • Lifestyle Equities v Sports Direct: a commercial / IP case concerning trade mark infringement and inducing breach of contract (assisting Nicholas Saunders QC as a pupil).
    • Cadbury v Comptroller General of Patents Designs and Trade Marks: Cadbury’s appeal concerning its trade mark for the colour purple applied to chocolate packaging (assisting Nicholas Saunders QC as a pupil).
    • Apple v Qualcomm: a substantial telecoms patent infringement case (assisting Nicholas Saunders QC as a pupil).
    • TQ Delta v ZyXel: a patent infringement case concerning standard-essential patents in DSL broadband technology (assisting Nicholas Saunders QC as a pupil).
    • Advising on a proposed claim for passing-off against an overseas defendant, raising issues of jurisdiction (assisting Nicholas Saunders QC as a pupil).
    • Advising on a proposed claim concerning stolen physical and intellectual property (assisting Nicholas Saunders QC as a pupil).
  • Publications M

    Corominas and Scott, “Investing in Emerging Market Currencies: A Rewarded Risk,” in Pojarliev and Levich (eds.), “The Role of Currency in Institutional Portfolios” (2014).

  • Education and Qualifications M

    Professional Experience:

    2017: Called to the Bar of England and Wales

    2012 – 2014: Investment Strategy Analyst, Record Currency Management

    Education:

    2016 – 2017: BPTC, City Law School (Outstanding, top of year)

    2015 – 2016: GDL, City Law School (Distinction)

    2009 – 2012: MA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford (Balliol College) (First Class)

    Scholarships and Prizes:

    The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

    Lord Atkin Senior Scholarship for Pupillage (2018)

    Birkenhead Award for the BPTC (2017)

    Ann Ebsworth Award for the GDL (2016)

    City Law School

    Senior Scarman Scholarship for best overall mark on the BPTC (2017)

    Balliol College, Oxford

    NT Huxley Scholarship (2010 – 2012)

    Mooting

    Finalist, City University Senior Moot (2017)

    Winner, City University GDL Moot (2016)

    Quarter-finalist team and highest individual speaker score, ELSA European Human Rights Moot Court Competition (2016)