Year of Call: 2005
“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
“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 2016
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.
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  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  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).
EU and Public Law
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), 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  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.
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)
- 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.
- Languages: French (fluent), Polish (fluent), Italian (conversational).
- Semi-finalist, University Challenge (2003-2004 series).
- 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