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Jonathan King

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Jonathan King - Deans Court Chambers



  • MA (Cantab)

Professional Associations

  • Northern Circuit
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association


Since joining Deans Court Chambers in 2009, Jonathan has developed a busy practice within the Chancery/commercial, professional negligence, personal injury and common law fields.

Jonathan is regularly instructed to advise on and represent clients in relation to a range of commercial, property and housing related matters, including matters related to the interpretation and performance of contracts, the title to and ownership of property, and to both the duties owed by property owners and managers and proceedings for possession of property.

In addition, Jonathan is regularly instructed in relation to actual and threatened professional negligence actions, principally involving solicitors and surveyors, but extending to finance professionals (including brokers) and other fields.

Jonathan undertakes a substantial quantity and range of personal injury work covering Employers Liability, Public Liability and Road Traffic related matters, and possesses a growing specialism in the field of Industrial Disease (principally NIHL claims). Jonathan is regularly instructed in relation to personal injury matters which involve questions regarding the extent of duties owed by landlords (e.g. under the Defective Premises Act) or which otherwise involved consideration of property law. In addition, Jonathan is regularly instructed to settle pleadings, to advise on liability, and to represent clients in relation to Road Traffic matters where fraud is (or is to be) alleged.

Prior to joining Deans Court Chambers, Jonathan worked as a Vice-President in the legal department of US investment bank Goldman Sachs. During his 4 years at the bank’s European headquarters in London, Jonathan was responsible for advising on and implementing the requirements of domestic and international anti-corruption and anti-money laundering legislation. His hands-on experience of applying the law in a rigorous and yet commercially practical manner leaves him well placed to advise companies, organisations and individuals on how best to apply the law to achieve their commercial and personal objectives.

Notable Cases

  • Park v CNH Industrial Capital Europe Ltd

    Jonathan King recently appeared before the Court of Appeal for the hearing of an appeal concerning whether or not an action to set aside a judgment on grounds that it was procured by fraud was abusive and liable to be struck out.

    Following a judgment entered in 2016 upon the striking out of Mr. Park’s defence in the original proceedings brought by CNH, Mr. Park issued proceedings in 2018 for the rescission of the judgment on grounds that the judgment had been procured by fraud on the part of CNH. CNH applied to strike out the rescission proceedings on grounds that inter alia the relevant facts were said to have been known to Mr. Park at the time of the original judgment, and that the acts alleged by Mr. Park to be fraudulent were not the operative cause of the entry of the original judgment.

    At first instance, CNH’s application for strike out was refused, however the rescission proceedings were subsequently struck out on CNH’s appeal.

    Within a unanimous judgment handed down on 24th November 2021 (Park v CNH [2021] EWCA Civ 1766), the Court of Appeal held that the evidence demonstrates, in the clearest terms, that the court was deceived at the time when the judgment in default was entered (in the original proceedings), and that the case that CNH deceived the court into granting judgment by default by making deliberately false statements in their Particulars of Claim is overwhelming. Having regard to the principles set down by the Supreme Court in Takhar v Gracefield Developments Limited [2019] UKSC 13, and to the later High Court decision in Elu v Floorweald Ltd [2020] EWHC 1222, Mr. Park’s claim was not an abuse of process, and ought not to have been struck out.

    Jonathan King acted for the successful appellant, Mr. Park, instructed on a direct access basis.

    A copy of the judgment can be found at

  • Chancery

    Varia v Varia, High Court (Business and Property Courts)

    Represented the successful claimants at a 5 day, 3 party trial of a property dispute before HHJ Pelling QC sitting as a judge of the High Court. The Claimants sought possession of a property which they had purchased in the 1980s, but in which the Claimants’ nephew, and his former wife, had lived for almost three decades. The Defendant, by defence pleaded by leading counsel, alleged that the relevant trust deed was a sham, and counterclaimed for inter alia an order pursuant to s.423 Insolvency Act 1986 (“IA 86”) and a declaration that the Claimants were estopped from asserting ownership, and brought the Claimants’ nephew into proceedings as a third party. Jonathan King had advised on the Claimants’ claim, throughout, and had drafted the statements of case. Following a trial on all issues in December 2018 involving overseas video link evidence and consideration of expert handwriting evidence, judgment was handed down in favour of the Claimants, who obtained relief as claimed together with an order for costs.

  • Successful representation of applicant before 4 day Land Registry adjudication over acquisition of title to strip of land by adverse possession.

  • Successful representation of community interest group at 4 day public inquiry into the existence or otherwise of rights of way across a school playing field.

  • Successful defence of Multi Track personal injury proceedings centred on the ability, or otherwise, of the Defendant to raise an economic defence, and the interpretation of the PPE Regulations post Threlfall v Hull City Council. Claimant refused permission to appeal to Court of Appeal.

  • Successful representation of Claimant in action for conversion of monies passing through bank account of high street finance firm.

  • Represented Claimant in ToLATA proceedings for transfer of proceeds of sale of property. Matter settled shortly prior to 3 day trial, achieving settlement of full value of interest.


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