Jonathan Lester

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Called to Bar:
2016 Middle Temple

Practice Area


University of Reading – BA (Hons) Politics and Philosophy (1st Class)
University of Law – Graduate Diploma in Law
University of Law – Legal Practice Course
Admitted to the rolls of solicitors 2012
Obtained Higher Rights of Audience as a Solicitor (Civil) 2016

Conveyancing Negligence

Before joining Chambers, Jonathan spent over 3 years at a leading professional negligence firm in the City, where he specialised in claims against conveyancers (as well as valuation surveyors) for lenders and real estate investors, advising on issues such as:

  • Mortgage fraud
  • Third-party rights
  • Planning permission contravention and enforcement
  • Defective leases
  • Defective registration formalities

Landlord & Tenant and Possession Claims

Jonathan has extensive experience in bringing claims for unpaid service-charge and ground rent and in advising on the service of notices for possession and pursuant to section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.

Jonathan has also defended tenants against claims for possession by their landlords and advised tenants on claiming for damage and disrepair.


Jonathan has advised clients on express and implied trusts of land in both contentious and non-contentious contexts, including areas such as:

  • Trusts arising from financial contributions;
  • Express and implied agreements as to co-ownership;
  • Practical steps to avoid constructive trusts from arising.

Commercial Debt Recovery

Jonathan has extensive experience in advising on commercial debt recovery and enforcement of judgments including and the context of the sale of goods and supply of services, including:

  • Bankruptcy and winding-up
  • Retention of title
  • Charging orders
  • Execution and interpleader
  • Determination of rate of payment under CPR 14.3

Personal Injury

Prior to his admission to the roll of solicitors, Jonathan spent several years working in the personal injury sector from both the Claimant and Defendant sides.

Jonathan has particular experience in holiday travel claims (where injury and damage have been sustained abroad), dealing with expert evidence, and quantification of special damages.


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Guildford Chambers Stoke House, Leapale Lane, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LY