Jonathan Raynes has practiced for more than 20 years in resolving complex disputes, both domestic and international, from their inception through to settlement or trial. Jonathan helps clients through complex contractual negotiations and disputes, always looking to protect their interests in a cost-effective manner. He has broad international and domestic experience in construction, EPC contracting, process plant, energy, real estate development and many other industries, and deals regularly with upfront contract drafting and review, guidance during project implementation, and ultimately the efficient resolution of disputes, over matters such as payment, extensions of time, defective work, professional negligence, employee wrongdoing, nuisance, defamation, and insolvency.
He is one of Legal Business's rated "Legal Experts" in construction, and recognized as one of Thompson Reuter's "Super Lawyers." Chambers & Partners guide describes Jonathan as "very capable and knowledgeable," and he is praised by Legal 500 for his "robust academic knowledge and an unassuming manner" and "ability to understand a business and the factors at stake quickly and thoroughly."
He is trusted by colleagues to act as internal counsel to the firm's London office.
- Solicitor and Solicitor Advocate, England & Wales
- M.Sc., King's College, 1998, with distinction, Construction Law & Arbitration
- Nottingham Law School, 1991, Law Society Finals (with honours)
- CPE, Nottingham Law School, 1990
- M.A., Christ Church, Oxford University, 1989, Philosophy, Politics and Economics
- Acted as lead counsel in an ICC Arbitration on behalf of a Middle-Eastern specialist contractor arising from an EPC process plant project in Saudi Arabia, involving unpaid milestones, called bonds and guarantees, claims for delay and disruption and allegations of defective work.
- Advised a British computer software provider in defending and counterclaiming against claims brought in the Court of Rome by an Italian subsidiary of a French bank following the wrongful termination of a software supply contract.
- Pursued a claim in the Commercial Court in London on behalf of a professional consultant in relation to fees due in relation to the Shard of Glass tower.
- On behalf of a manufacturing company, obtained an urgent injunction obliging a former employee to stop using confidential information and to hand over all his IT equipment, then negotiated a permanent outcome including deletion of offending data, restraints on competition and recovery costs.
- Represented a European technology company in an LCIA arbitration concerning obligations under a 'take or pay' distributorship agreement for medical products.
- Pursued a claim in the Commercial Court for a gas field operator against the supplier of defective component which caused gas production from the field to shut down.
- Acted for a glass-melting furnace supplier in court proceedings in France and England arising from alleged design errors.
- Defended a formerly state-owned business in a series of ad hoc unadministered arbitrations and mediations with main contractors arising from allegedly unforeseeable conditions during opencast mining operations.
- Investigated on behalf of insurers a claim for cyclone damage to a five star hotel under construction in the Caribbean.
- Acted on behalf of reinsurers in defending a claim for delays to an oil refinery under construction in India.
- Pursued a claim on behalf of an engineering contractor for additional payments against an oil company arising from the construction of a North Sea offshore production platform.
- Acted for Heathrow Airport on a dispute with Thames Water over the relocation of sewage treatment facilities in connection with Terminal 5.
- Helped a contractor pursue an ICC arbitration against an African state for losses arising from non-payment and the wrongful termination of a £140 million contract for highway construction works.
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- Best Lawyers UK, Construction Law (2021-2022)
- Chambers UK, Construction: Purchaser, London (2011-2020)
- Legal 500 UK, "Leading Lawyer," Commercial Litigation (2021-2022)
- Legal 500 UK, Commercial Litigation (2017-2022)